Swimmers exploring a coral reef, Gilli Islands, Bali
Gilli Islands, Bali
Essential Escapes for 2022

After months of looking to the skies and dreaming of getting away, the world is open to explore once more. Inspire your adventurous side with our selection of captivating destinations around Australia and the world to excite you and discover how Qantas can take you there.

Kayaker at sunset on Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Escape to your own private island in Oahu, Hawaii

The best way to get off the beaten path is to get off the path completely. Head away from the crowds of Waikiki and Honolulu to Kailua beach, a picture-perfect stretch of sand where you can hop aboard a kayak and paddle out to, “The Mokes” – captivating twin islets that offer a tranquil place to nap, picnic and soak up that island life.

Travel Insider's top tip:

Whether it's Oahu for surfing or shopping, Maui for golf or luxury resorts or Kauai or nature or movie locations, find out which island is the one for you.

How to get there:

Fly direct from Sydney to Honolulu with Qantas and Jetstar, or connect through Sydney from other major cities in Australia. To get around the Hawaiian Islands, internal flights are available.

Stanley, Tasmania

Soak up panoramic views in Stanley, Tasmania

Nestled at the foot of a gigantic volcanic ‘plug’ called the Nut, you’ll find a wholesome fishing village called Stanley. Pop on your favourite knitwear, sample their famous fish and chips and start an adventure that offers panoramic ocean views, unforgettable wildlife experiences and an ideal gateway into Tasmania’s Tarkine wilderness.

Travel Insider's top tips:

Experience the world's smallest penguins on parade at Stanley and discover many more magical moments in Tasmania. Check out 21 of the best things to do that you won't find anywhere else.

How to get there

Burnie is the nearest airport to Stanley in Tasmania, approximately 1 hour drive. Fly direct Melbourne to Burnie on QantasLink or fly to Hobart or Launceston from most major Australian cities. 

Traditional boat on Gili Meno Beach, Bali, at sunset

Choose your own adventure in the Gili Islands, Bali

Three islands fringed with white sands, turquoise waters and coconut palms, the Gili’s come straight from your desktop screensaver. Gili Trawangan is the most popular island and is home to a vibrant nightlife scene (as well as those iconic ocean swings). If you’re looking for something less busy, Gili Meno and Gili Air are two smaller islands and are favoured by those with a love of secluded beaches and a more authentic island experience.

Travel Insider's top tip:

The Gili Islands are perfect for adventure and relaxation. When you’re ready to come back to the mainland, treat yourself to a stay in one of Bali’s most luxurious resorts.

How to get there:

Qantas is planning to recommence direct flights to Bali in 2022 from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Aerial shot of ocean bath, Bogey Hole, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Follow your art in Newcastle, New South Wales

There’s something about Newcastle that feels so downright cool. From its abundance of restaurants and galleries to its thriving underground music scene, this old industrial port city is a creative hub in every sense. With so much to see and do, you’ll be forgiven if you need to take a breather. Luckily, the vineyards and cellar doors of the Hunter Valley are just a short drive inland and if you follow the coast north, Port Stephens offers a family-friendly respite where you can hit the beach and wind down.

Travel Insider's top tips:

Extend your stay in Newcastle and travel inland to visit New South Wales’ most famous wine region. Here’s your guide to a weekend in the Hunter Valley.

How to get there

Fly direct with QantasLink from Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane to Newcastle, or fly to Sydney from all major destinations in Australia, hire a car and then drive 2 hours north.

Silhouette of a boat jetty hut at sunset on Bintan Island

Get a taste of the good life on Bintan Island, Singapore

Just a ferry ride away from the ultra-modern city of Singapore lies a slice of paradise called Bintan Island. Offering a cocktail of bustling markets, sparkling lagoons and world-class resorts, you could find yourself trekking through tropical jungles one moment and teeing off one of the beautiful golf courses in Southeast Asia the next.

Travel Insider's top tips:

A trip to Singapore doesn’t have to break the bank, check out the best free things to do while you’re there.

How to get there

Fly direct with Qantas to Singapore from Melbourne and Sydney.

Hikers on top of Mount Charlie overlooking Port Douglas

Get stuck into a foodie’s paradise in the Scenic Rim, Brisbane

Just an hour away from Queensland’s capital, you’ll find yourself in the Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Hinterlands area. Here, eating fresh, local produce isn’t a novelty, it’s a way of life. Home to a host of picture-perfect orchards, farms, breweries, and wineries, prepare to fill up on everything from specialty grass-fed beef pies to paddock-to-plate butter and creams.

Travel Insider's top tip:

After hiking in the Hinterlands, try snorkelling in shipwrecks. If you’ve got a day to spend on Tangalooma Island, we’ve got the best way to enjoy it.

How to get there

The Scenic Rim is located 1 hour drive from Brisbane or 1.5 hour drive from the Gold Coast. Fly direct to Brisbane or the Gold Coast from most major Australian cities.

Bridge in Takamatsu-Shi, Shikoku, Japan

Search for inner peace in the forests of Shikoku, Japan

In stark contrast to Tokyo’s neon-lit urban jungle, the island of Shikoku offers a haven of tranquillity, where art and nature exist in perfect harmony. Home to ancient hot springs, vine bridges spanning pristine rivers, remote forest temples and mouth-watering regional cuisines, Shikoku is one of Japan’s most unexplored islands, offering a spiritual escape like no other.

Travel Insider's top tips: 

If you can’t get enough of those mineral-rich volcanic bubbles, explore the best onsens in Japan.

How to get there:

Fly direct with Qantas from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) from 31 January 2022.

Lighthouse at Port Fairy

Feel the magic of Port Fairy, Victoria

Often seen as the finishing line at the end of the Great Ocean Road, the charming village of Port Fairy makes for a great start too. Packed with history, you can transport yourself back to the 19th century as you stroll past quaint little cottages, ancient stone churches and fishermen unloading their catch of the day. With ocean cruises, folk festivals and a buzzing local art scene, Port Fairy is every bit as magical as it sounds.

Travel Insider's top tips:

Whether Port Fairy is at the start or the end of your Great Ocean Road journey, check out this itinerary for the perfect drive.

How to get there

Port Fairy is located just under 2 hours drive from Mount Gambier. Fly QantasLink from Adelaide or Melbourne to Mount Gambier, or fly direct to Adelaide or Melbourne from most major Australian airports. Combine it with a road trip and hire a car to explore the spectacular Limestone Coast or Great Ocean Road.

Three orcas in a row at Telegraph Cove at Vancouver Island, Canada

Drive the entire length of Vancouver Island, Canada

Looking to unleash your wild side? Vancouver Island is the place to do it. Find yourself a car and start an adventure that takes you across the entire length of the island - through rugged coastal landscapes, cosy harbour towns and majestic wilderness parks, all boasting unforgettable views of the great outdoors at its best.

Travel Insider's top tips:

Keep the road trip going and explore the most beautiful towns in British Columbia. 

How to get there:

Vancouver Island is located 107 kilometres southwest of Vancouver. Take a car and ferry, or bus and ferry, approximately 4 hours each way from downtown Vancouver. Fly direct with Qantas from Sydney to Vancouver or via Sydney from other major Australian cities.

Field of Lights, Uluru, Northern Territory

Watch the desert come to life at Uluru, Northern Territory

Widely recognised as the spiritual heart of the nation, Australia’s Red Centre offers a unique connection to the land. This can be felt nowhere better than at the Field of Light, a breath-taking installation of more than 50,000 LED ‘seeds’ that slowly come to life as the desert descends into darkness. Set against Uluru’s iconic silhouette, you’re invited to walk among the vibrant colours as you experience the ebb and flow of outback life in every sense.

Travel Insider's top tips:

If your Red Centre adventure takes you exploring further, find time to cool off in one of the Northern Territory’s wild watering holes.

How to get there

Fly direct from Sydney to Ayres Rock (Uluru) with Qantas, or fly from Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne to Alice Springs. Hire a car to best explore the region.

Bronze sculpture of a seal on Pennyland Rocks in Looe harbour, Cornwall, UK

Feast on freshness in Cornwall, United Kingdom

Hidden amidst the plunging cliffs and craggy headlands of England’s wild west lies one of the best foodie scenes in the United Kingdom. Take a trip to any of Cornwall’s quaint villages or historic towns and indulge in a world of freshly caught fish, farm-made cheeses and world-class wines. And, you can’t say goodbye without trying one of their famous Cornish Pasties too.

Travel Insider's top tips:

Wander through the historical and exotic Glendurgan Garden Maze in Cornwall or rediscover London. Check out all the new reasons to explore ‘the big smoke’.

How to get there: 

Cornwall is located in the southwest of England, 5 hours drive from central London. Fly with Qantas to London (Heathrow) from Sydney or Melbourne (via Darwin). Hire a car to explore this stunning English region.

Before booking and before departure, ensure you check the latest travel requirements, which may include mandatory health declarations, vaccinations+, COVID-19 tests, use of face masks, entry permits, pre-approval and quarantine (possibly at your own expense), or you could be denied entry.

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International flight network

Rediscover the world with Qantas. With Australian international borders now open, discover the world and reconnect with family and friends or book your dream adventure abroad.

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Australian domestic flight network

Qantas operates Australia’s largest premium full-service domestic airline with flights to over 65 destinations around Australia including all capital cities and large metropolitan areas, as well as many regional hubs.

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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.

# Flights are subject to government and regulatory approval.

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