Where to go in 2018

Where to go in 2018

Break new ground, explore new regions and scale new heights. We'll show you our top ten best trips and places to see in 2018.

Now’s the time to start planning your next holiday. Fly to some of the most exciting and exotic locations with Qantas and our partner airlines, off the beaten track or in the heart of the city, here are a few highlights of where to head in 2018. 

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Melbourne

Whether this is your first time venturing to this bay-side capital or you've worn the soles of your bespoke leather shoes on its cobblestone laneways many times before, Melbourne will almost always have something fresh and new instore.

It's a city of diversity, secret pockets and hidden laneways. It's easy to explore away the hours uncovering hidden restaurant gems, or laneways filled with shops that stock the kind of unique, sophisticated, one-of-a-kind wares you will only find in this southern city.

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Great Barrier Reef

It's easy to see why it's one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Stretching from Cape York Peninsula at the northern tip of Queensland towards the city of Bundaberg in the south, Great Barrier Reef has something for everyone. Whether you're a nature lover, underwater explorer or looking for a white, sandy beach to relax on, there are holidays and activities to suit every taste and budget. 

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Tasmania

Tasmania is a land of rich contrasts that has turned its remoteness into an asset. With unique wilderness tourism programs, colourful local characters and haunting convict history, it has so much to offer, in addition to its burgeoning reputation as a foodie playground. Roughly 20 percent of the island is World Heritage listed, satisfying more criteria than any other world heritage property on earth.

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London

The 18th century writer, Samuel Johnson, once said, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” With the buzzing River Thames at its core, London is a multicultural wonderland with a host of foreign influences flavouring every aspect of daily life. Enjoy one of the world’s most international cities.

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Adelaide

With its festivals, city beaches, a thriving small bar scene like the Clare Valley and Kangaroo Island on its doorstep, there’s plenty to love about Adelaide

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Brisbane

Brisbane is a stylish urbane city with star attractions. Come and discover the cosmopolitan vibe mixed with down-to-earth attitude and subtropical climate.

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Sydney

With clear, blue skies, golden sunsets and warmer weather, Sydney knows how to sparkle in the summer sunshine. The warmer weather sees the locals making the most of the various outdoor activities on offer across the state.

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Queenstown

Known around the world for being the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown also offers a softer side, with its emerging restaurant scene, internationally renowned golf courses and vibrant new wineries. The younger crowd head there to throw themselves out of planes or bungee jump off bridges, but if you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway you won't be disappointed either.

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Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park

The majesty and splendour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has be seen to be understood. Explore Australia’s most iconic landmark, walk or cycle around the base of this mammoth rock to marvel in its sheer size and to learn about the traditional stories and facts about the local flora and fauna. The base walk or cycle is the best way to fully appreciate the natural and cultural beauty of Uluru.

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Exmouth

Exmouth is a nature-lover’s dream. A place where clear turquoise waters host an incredible diversity of fish and coral life on the coast of North Western Australia. Whale sharks famously inhabit the reef between April and July, and it is the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants that is the region’s biggest drawcard. But, not to be upstaged are the scores of dolphins, manta rays, turtles, dugong and humpback whales who also call Ningaloo home - making any time of the year an opportunity for close encounters with our ocean’s most fascinating creatures.