Where to go in 2018

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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. Whether it's at home in Australia exploring the Ningaloo Reef, the Red Centre or the highlights of Tasmania, or if you're looking further afield, 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. 

Melbourne

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.

Beach at New Caledonia

New Caledonia

The thriving, indigenous Kanak culture and the influence of French colonial history on the language, food and lifestyle of Nouvelle Caledonie have created a cultural melange that’s both beautiful and unique. While Noumea has a delicious Riviera-style vibe and authentic croissants, the further you travel from the capital the more you’ll experience the indigenous way of life.

Cradle Mountain

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.

Swan Valley Perth

Perth

Seemingly endless sunshine, pristine sandy beaches plus great food and world-class local wines – there’s nowhere quite like Perth. With the promise of an easy going lifestyle, stunning sandy beaches, world class wines and a sophisticated dining scene, the city attracts thousands of new residents every week. Plus just outside the city lies one of the most spectacular natural environments on earth waiting to be explored.

Adelaide Hills vineyard

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

Storey Bridge in Brisbane

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.

Japan

Japan

Although still a couple of years from the 2020 Olympics, Japan is well ahead in its preparations as it upgrades a lot of its transport systems including a new bullet train between Hokkaido and Tokyo and the new 'Gran Class' service between Tokyo and Kanazawa. You'll also find a range of new hotels opening ahead of the sports so why not get in early and give them a test run.

Queenstown

Queenstown

Known around the world for being the adventure capital of New ZealandQueenstown 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. 

Hot air balloning in Canberra

Canberra

An energetic, creative and cultural hub with world-class restaurants, spectacular artworks and outdoor adventures on your doorstep, Canberra is no longer the political bore. With the artificial Lake Burley Griffin at the centre it's easy to navigate yourself around the city, going from art gallery to museum to shopping hotspots with a heap of fun activities for the kids. 

Sydney Harbour

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.