Get ready to reinvent yourself in LA, the city where everyone's a star. Luckily there's plenty to do in the City of Angels while you're waiting to be discovered.
Don't let LA fool you. First impressions are of a sprawling metropolis intersected by highways and palm trees, but delve a bit deeper and you'll discover neighbourhoods as individual as some of the city's most famous residents. It's a city that gave the world yoga, Quentin Tarantino, skateboarding and gangster rap as well as some of the world's biggest blockbuster movies. And don't forget to explore LA's softer side with a hike into the Hollywood Hills, a sunset over Venice Beach or a refreshing cocktail on Beverly Boulevard.
Rodeo Drive, TCL Chinese TheatreOpens external site in a new window, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal StudiosOpens external site in a new window are all attractions for any must-see list. Tick these off after your flight to Los Angeles and then:
- People watch at Venice Beach
- Eat in a classic diner like Swingers of Rubys
- Visit the Museum of Contemporary ArtOpens external site in a new window
- Visit Griffith ObservatoryOpens external site in a new window in Griffith Park, San Fernando Valley
- Stop for a chai latte or red velvet cupcake from SprinklesOpens external site in a new window, Beverly Hills
Get to know Los Angeles and discover its rich, cultural heritage. Break it down and discover distinctive cultural areas - including some best explored on foot.
No visit to Los Angeles is complete without a visit to Hollywood. From the Walk of Fame to the TCL Chinese TheatreOpens external site in a new window and the Dolby TheatreOpens external site in a new window (home of the Oscars), show business history is waiting to be discovered around every corner of Tinseltown.
For entertainment, enjoy an outdoor concert at the world-famous Hollywood BowlOpens external site in a new window or a blockbuster Broadway musical at the Pantages TheatreOpens external site in a new window. The Hollywood Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of entertainment memorabilia.
Generations of Hollywood legends like Charlie Chaplin have enjoyed classic steaks and martinis at the Musso and Frank GrillOpens external site in a new window, open since 1919.
The historic centre of Los Angeles has experienced an incredible renaissance in recent years and there's something for everyone in Downtown LA.
Downtown is home to landmarks like the Millennium Biltmore HotelOpens external site in a new window and the Bradbury BuildingOpens external site in a new window as well as the Fashion District, a bargain hunter’s paradise.
See contemporary art at The BroadOpens external site in a new window, the Museum of Contemporary ArtOpens external site in a new window and the galleries of the monthly Downtown Art WalkOpens external site in a new window. This culture and entertainment hub is also home to the stunning Walt Disney Concert HallOpens external site in a new window, the historic LA Memorial ColiseumOpens external site in a new window, the museums of Exposition Park, the spectacular LA Live Entertainment complex and STAPLES Center.
Enjoy a wide range of global dining experiences at the Grand Central Market, Chinatown, Little Tokyo and Olvera Street, the colourful Mexican marketplace located near the birthplace of Los Angeles.
The Westside of Los Angeles is home to cultural attractions, upscale shopping, and a thriving dining scene.
Located on a hilltop above the affluent neighbourhood of Brentwood, the Getty CenterOpens external site in a new window is one of LA’s most popular museums, housing an extraordinary art collection that includes Van Gogh’s 'Irises' and other masterpieces. Other museums include the nearby Skirball Cultural CenterOpens external site in a new window, the Hammer MuseumOpens external site in a new window in Westwood, and the famed Museum Row in the Mid-City, home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Petersen Automotive Museum and the unique Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Shopping destinations include The Grove, Westfield Century City and the boutiques along Montana Avenue.
Dining options range from the historic food stalls at The Original Farmers Market to Japanese cuisine on Sawtelle Boulevard and high-end restaurants like Tavern from Suzanne Goin and Tom Colicchio’s Craft in Century City.
Known locally as 'the valley', the San Fernando Valley is one of the largest regions in Los Angeles and is home to spectacular natural scenery, picturesque residential neighbourhoods, multicultural dining and vintage shops.
The home of Hollywood studios welcomes visitors to experience world-famous Universal Studios HollywoodOpens external site in a new window at Universal City and the Warner Bros. Studio TourOpens external site in a new window in Burbank.
Ventura Boulevard is the valley’s main street, stretching from Woodland Hills east to Studio City, where foodies indulge in the award-winning restaurants on Sushi Row.
The North Hollywood Arts District is one of LA’s top creative hubs, with 22 theatres, numerous galleries and vibrant nightlife.
In the southeastern region of the valley, Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, featuring popular attractions like the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, Autry National Center, Greek Theatre, Travel Town and miles of hiking trails.
Some of the most famous beaches in the world are located along LA’s 120 kilometres of pristine coastline. From Malibu down to Venice, the South Bay neighbourhoods to San Pedro, Los Angeles really sums up the 'endless summer'.
Malibu is known for its world-class surfing and the Getty Villa, while the creative enclave of Venice offers visitors a dazzling mix of the bustling Ocean Front Walk (aka 'the Boardwalk'), Muscle Beach, the historic Venice Canals, trendy shops and lively dining spots along Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Each of the South Bay neighbourhoods has its own personality, from upscale Manhattan Beach to more of a beach-town vibe at Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach. San Pedro is home to the bustling Port of Los Angeles, the quaint Ports O’Call Village and the historic Battleship IOWA, aka the 'Battleship of Presidents'.
Beverly Hills is known around the world as the epitome of luxury, home to mansions and movie stars.
Rodeo Drive is one of the most famous streets in the world, with high-end designers and Two Rodeo Drive, a European-style collection of boutiques.
Five-star dining options include Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago and the acclaimed Italian cuisine at Scarpetta. Enjoy a classic cocktail at the celebrity-filled hangout, Polo Lounge then take in a performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.
Santa Monica is a top Los Angeles destination and has been named one of the Top 10 Beach Cities in the World by National Geographic.
Opened in 1909, the iconic Santa Monica Pier is a must-see attraction, featuring an amusement park, solar-powered Ferris wheel and a historic carousel that famously appeared in “The Sting.”
Shopping ranges from the sleek outdoor Santa Monica Place to eclectic boutiques along Main Street.
Nightlife options include a variety of British pubs, craft cocktail bars and live music venues.
Most famous as the epicentre of LA’s LGBT community, West Hollywood (known as 'WeHo' to locals) offers plenty for visitors to explore, including high-end fashion boutiques, fine art galleries, landmark music clubs like the Whisky A Go Go on the legendary Sunset Strip, the famed Comedy Store and lively hotspots such as The Abbey. The LA Pride festival in June and October’s Halloween Costume Carnival are just two of WeHo’s wildly popular annual events.
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July is the hottest month in Los Angeles with highs of 28°C on average. The coldest month is January at 13°C with the most daily sunshine in August. The wettest month is January with an average of 79mm of rain. The best month to swim in the ocean is in September when the average water temperature is 20°C.
From the airport
Los Angeles International AirportOpens external site in a new window (LAX) is the main airport serving the Greater Los Angeles area. LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest in the United States. The airport is located in the beach community of Westchester, about 25 kilometres from Downtown LA.
A frequent courtesy shuttle service is provided between terminals for connecting flights with other airlines.
Taxis operate from the Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal, as well as Prime Time Shuttle and SuperShuttle who offer 'shared ride' vans to all Southern California counties. Multiple scheduled bus services are also available.
Pre book a private car, coach or other transfer at qantas.com/transfers.
In and around the city
Most people hire a car to explore LA’s vast urban metropolis, but if you don't want to drive yourself around you can organise transfers which, like everything in LA, come in every size and shape and start from around $17 per person.
There's also the Metro Rail, Metro bus lines and DASH, which provide inexpensive and convenient transport across LA.
The LAX FlyAwayOpens external site in a new window bus service provides frequent non-stop transportation between LAX and Union Station in Downtown LA, the Exposition/La Brea Metro Rail Expo Line Station, the Van Nuys Bus Terminal, and Westwood/UCLA.
If you're staying at one of LA’s world-famous beaches you could even hire a bike.
Los Angeles car hire
If you’re planning a trip outside the city book a car with Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty with no booking fees.
Make yourself comfortable
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Enjoy features such as a 74 seat restaurant and bar, Open style kitchen, Californian Knoll furniture selected by Marc Newson, Neil Perry Rockpool-designed a la carte menu, private work suites, complimentary Wi-Fi and seven shower suites featuring Aurora Spa ASPAR products.
Your flight with Qantas
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