Now that international travel is a reality again, it’s time to stop dreaming and start chasing your wanderlust again.
It’s no secret Australians are ready to start globetrotting again. For more than 20 months, the closest we’ve been to international travel is updating your Zoom background). But now, our borders are reopening and international travel is back on the cards.
Qantas and Jetstar have revealed their first selection of destinations that wanderlust Aussies can escape to. For now, travelling privileges are reserved for Australians who are fully vaccinated, with a vaccine passport and from a state or territory that has reached the 80% vaccine threshold.
It’s time to dust off that suitcase and find (or renew) your passport because the world is opening. Here are the destinations with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane departing from 1 November.
Preparing for your first post-pandemic international trip? See our checklist here.
Honolulu – from 20 December
It’s the ultimate too-good-to-believe travel cliché: with crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches and picturesque bays, Honolulu will take your breath away with its spectacular scenery and infinite adventures. Brimming with natural beauty, the boisterous capital will leave you spellbound with its infinite adventures, including the white sands of Waikiki Beach, the mist-shrouded Koʻolau Range and Diamond Head’s extinct volcanic peaks and remarkable coastal cliffs. The emotional site of Pearl Harbor, thriving open-air markets and a melting pot of neighbourhoods deliver a mixed plate of island paradise.
Need inspiration? Enjoy a warm welcome in Honolulu with our curated collection of escapes.
Tokyo – from 19 December
Say konnichiwa to Japan and be dazzled by the eclectic culture, majestic beauty and neon streets of Tokyo, an exhilarating city that’s always on the move. Tokyo’s wonders lie in its marriage of the ancient world with the innovative future — where centuries-old traditions coexist with a colourful culture of cutting-edge technology that seems to surpass the realms of possibility. From geishas to sashimi, age-old temples and colossal skyscrapers; the city’s offerings are endless.
Ready to escape? Be enchanted by Tokyo with our curated collection of escapes
Fiji – from 7 December
Set your clock to island time and experience the pinnacle of barefoot luxury in Fiji. With perennially warm waters, mesmerising undersea marvels, gorgeous white sand, palm-fringed beaches and famous Fijian hospitality, it’s no wonder this sanctuary is the poster child for paradise.
A honeymooner’s dream, family favourite and adventure lover’s playground, this natural oasis has more than enough to keep anyone occupied – and disconnected from the real world – with your perfect slice of tranquility to be found on the Coral Coast, Denarau Island, Private Yanuca Island and beyond.
Need inspiration? Immerse yourself in Fijian culture with these unmissable escapes
Phuket & Bangkok (Thailand) – from January 12
Sugar-white beaches, sizzling street food, floating markets and aquamarine waters: no matter how clichéd the fantasy, Thailand’s reputation as an idyllic holiday hideaway is impressively accurate. Adored the world round, there’s so much more to the ‘Land of Smiles’ than fun folks and frenetic street life. The capital, Bangkok, vibrates with energy as climate-controlled megamalls sit side by side with gold-spired temples, while Phuket serves up beachside bliss and underwater wonders ideal for those looking to flop and drop. Where the familiar and the exotic collide, there is plenty to see and do in Thailand.
Need inspiration? Delve into the soul of this magnificent country with our Thailand escapes
Direct routes also available from Sydney to: London (1 November), Los Angeles (1 November), Singapore (23 November), Delhi (via Darwin – 6 December), Vancouver (18 December) and Johannesburg (5 January).
London – from 6 November
Sip your tea and have it too in London. Here, historic buildings are perfectly placed next to futuristic towers and Michelin-starred restaurants are rivalled by hole-in-the-wall haunts. London’s seasoned narrative has something for everyone: instantly recognisable landmarks (hello Big Ben), centuries-old architecture and charming pubs punctuate its historic quarters, and eye-opening antiquity and proud diversity is everywhere you look. You can also venture further out from here: England’s buzzing capital is the perfect launchpad for those looking to explore the rest of Europe.
Ready to escape? Discover London’s incomparable blend of influences with our curated collection of escapes
Los Angeles – from 19 December
Since the golden age of Hollywood, Los Angeles has been the place to be and be seen. And nothing has changed. Welcome to LA, a rugged city of reinvention with a perpetual influx of dreamers and go-getters primed with shameless optimism. A bustling mash-up of culture, community, cuisine and commentary, La La Land is a city addicted to the weird, wonderful and scandalous. It’s an exciting whirlpool of creativity, where eternal optimists pour onto the streets, screenwriters itch to share tales in the shadows of the Hollywood sign and cult-status venues host once-in-a-lifetime events. Outside the hustle, architectural neighbourhoods back onto golden-sand beaches, where once-stagnant areas have undergone a significant renaissance and hum with delight.
Need inspiration? Dream big in the world’s entertainment capital with our Los Angeles escapes
Direct route also available from Melbourne to: Singapore (from 22 November).
Singapore – from 19 December
A unique fusion of futuristic architecture, colonial buildings, urban ecosystems, sprawling marketplaces and diverse street dining, Singapore is so much more than a simple stopover. A paradise for foodies, central hub for business and tapestry of diverse cultures, Asia’s undisputed capital of cool is home to a host of modern innovations, including autonomous robots who clean the streets and state-of-the-art augmented reality to enhance shopping. Whatever you do, don’t let Singapore’s small size fool you.
Need inspiration? Discover the future of technology with our curated collection of Singapore escapes.
Direct route also available to: Los Angeles (from 19 December).
Are you from South Australia, Western Australia, the Northern Territory or ACT? Be sure to check out Qantas’ Travel Updates page for the latest information.
Your favourite destination isn’t on the list? The rest of the Qantas international network is planned to open from April 2022, so hold tight! Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Emirates are also just a few of the other airlines announced to resume service, with many more expected to announce restart dates in the coming weeks.