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Australia is Your Oyster in 2021

With international travel plans on hold, 2021 is the year to celebrate one of the most diverse and spectacular countries in the world: Australia. From the red desert sands to the sparkling azure coastlines, make this the year you see more of Australia. We’ve got it all to ourselves for a limited time only. These are seven of the reasons we’re proud to call Australia home. 

With our Fly Well and Fly Flexible measures, you can discover the country’s best beaches, breathtaking natural wonders and remote holiday destinations with confidence.

 

 

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7. Explore another world at Mungo National Park, NSW

For a trip that feels truly out of this world, visit Mungo National Park in New South Wales’ far west. The unique landscape of sand and clay is as spectacular as it is fascinating, with artefacts uncovered dating back some 50,000 years. It was here that the skeletal remains of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man were discovered, preserved by low humidity and carbonite present in the sand, and offering an incredible window to the ancient past.

When to go:  

The best time to visit Mungo is during the cooler months as the temperature can exceed 40C in the summer. Autumn and Spring offer temperate conditions for exploring, and you’ll avoid the chilly Winter nights where temperatures drop below freezing.

How to get there:

Fly direct from Sydney or Melbourne to Mildura. Mungo National Park is approximately a 1hr 45min drive from Mildura Airport. Hire a car with Avis or Budget via Qantas to earn Qantas Points while you explore*

Where to stay:

Mungo Lodge, situated in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region, is on the doorstep of Mungo National Park. Deluxe accommodation, supported by an in-house restaurant and bar along with world class guided tours to the cradle of early civilisation, Mungo Lodge provides an indulgent and relaxing base to explore.

Aurora Tasmania

6. See Aurora Australis in Tasmania, TAS

The southern lights may get less press than their northern cousin but are equally spectacular. South Arm Peninsula, about 40 kilometres south-east of Hobart, is a popular viewing spot for avid aurora hunters as the still bays create spectacular reflections. The top of Mount Wellington is another fabulous vantage point, but don’t forget to rug up as the alpine winds can get chilly. 

When to go:

Unlike its northern hemisphere counterpart, there is potential to see the Southern Lights all year round. However, Winter to Early Spring is the best opportunity; aurora activity peaks around the Spring equinox in September, as the state of the Earth's magnetic field facilitates more solar particles to causing auroras.

How to get there:

Fly direct to Hobart from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane. While you spend your evenings star gazing, don’t miss out on everything else Tassie has to offer during daylight hours - hire a car and get exploring.

Where to stay: 

Enjoy award-winning hospitality and informal luxury at TMACq 01 Hotel. It is ideally positioned overlooking one of the world’s most picturesque harbours, with each room uniquely inspired by the story of a colourful Tasmanian character. 

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5. Hop over to Kangaroo Island, SA

This little island near Adelaide is known as nature’s playground. Wildlife is the island’s calling card, and as welcoming towns give-way to an expanse of natural beauty there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy. Flinders Chase National Park is a must-do; visit the Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch, ancient rock formations overlooking the striking cliffs and magnificent blue Indian Ocean. If you’re feeling energetic, hit the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail or take a dip in one of the secluded swimming spots. 

When to go:

Each individual season offers something special – see feisty fur seal battles at Admirals Arch during the summer breeding period, or for something more serene, take to the water during June to September for whale watching.

How to get there

Fly direct from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island.

Where to stay:

For something extra special, check out Sea Dragon Lodge & Villas, a boutique luxury retreat with a private beach and peaceful seclusion.

Horizontal Falls, Western Australia

4. Challenge your perceptions at the Horizontal Falls, WA

We can all agree that something described by Sir David Attenborough as "one of the greatest wonders of the natural world" is worthy of a visit. Head off the beaten track to north WA to the Kimberley's mighty Horizontal Falls. This logic-defying phenomenon is constantly changing with the ebb and flow of the tide, and offers an unforgettable experience viewed from the sky or, for the thrill-seekers, take an exhilarating ride through them by boat.

When to go: 

Dry season is recommended, but for the best experience, plan your visit based on tidal movement. Tour operators will be able to help advise on the optimum timing. 

How to get there:

Fly direct from Perth to Broome, and then enjoy an exciting trip via seaplane, helicopter or boat to reach the natural wonder. Check out Qantas Activities for a fantastic range of tour optionsOpens external site.  

Where to stay:

The award-winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is the only resort overlooking Broome’s iconic Cable Beach. Set against the backdrop of the Kimberley outback, the resort offers 225 rooms styled to reflect the Asian and colonial cultures which shape the identity of Broome. 

Daintree forest, Queensland

3. Go green in the Daintree Rainforest, QLD

Estimated to be around 135 million years old, the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is the spectacular home to the largest range of flora and fauna found anywhere. Scenic trails born from an intricate network of Aboriginal walking tracks take intrepid explorers from gorges, mountains and waterfalls, to swimming holes and forest-fringed beaches.

When to go: 

The most popular season tends to be during the cooler Dry Season from May until October, when the temperatures are pleasant and the humidity is lower. However, for a true rainforest experience, many people take advantage of the Wet Season months, between November and April - the region is quieter, and everything is looking lush with creeks and waterfalls in full flow. Some businesses take a break in the quieter months of February and March, so check for opening times. 

How to get there:

Fly direct from Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney to Cairns. From Cairns, it’s approximately a 2-hour drive to the Daintree Rainforest along the Cook Highway – one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world.

Where to stay:

For an immersive rainforest experience, check in to the Daintree Wilderness Lodge. With only seven cabins, each with its own boardwalk, viewing roof and balcony overlooking the spectacular surroundings, guests will enjoy a unique and unforgettable stay. 

Silo Art Trail, Victoria

2. Follow the Silo Art Trail, VIC

For a road trip with a difference, take a journey along the Silo Art TrailOpens external site in rural Victoria and explore the country’s largest open-air gallery. This innovative venture sees Australian and internationally acclaimed street artists transform towering wheat silos into monolithic works of art. This unique and ever-evolving project has revitalised the towns along the route, with thousands of new visitors supporting local businesses in the region.

When to go

All year round! Although summer will provide maximum daylight hours allowing you to cover more ground if you’re short on time.

How to get there: 

If you want to start from the south, fly direct into Melbourne from 13 destinations across Australia and head for Rupanyup to begin your art adventure. If you’re setting off from the northern end, you also have the option of flying direct from Sydney into Mildura. You’ll need a car for this one, so check out Qantas car hire options to earn points while you explore.

Where to stay

If you’re looking for a comfortable night’s sleep before hitting the trail, the Comfort Inn May Park in Horsham is around a 30-minute drive from Rupanyup, home of the first silo on the route.

Car in the red centre, Northern Territory

1. Embrace Australia’s red heart, NT

Australia's Top End is a destination like no other, and the iconic Red Centre is widely recognised as the spiritual heart of the nation. What better time to embrace our connection to the country than now. This breathtaking living landscape encompasses the World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park, the ancient West MacDonnell Ranges and dramatic Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park. One thing is apparent when you visit this region, Mother Nature has a flair for the dramatic. 

When to go

While the scenery is spectacular at any time of year, most travellers agree that the summer months are best avoided due to high temperatures. Spring and Autumn offer beautiful days without the Winter rush of visitors.

How to get there

Fly direct from Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne to Alice Springs. Hire a car with Avis or Budget via Qantas to earn Qantas Points* to best explore the region.

Where to stay

Everyone’s trip to the Red Centre should include a visit to see the icon of our heartland: Uluru. Sails in the Desert Hotel is an oasis of luxury that embodies the living cultural landscape, blending raw natural beauty with an opulent outback holiday experience.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

Disclaimer: ^ You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.