Flights to California

It’s time to start dreaming big

California flights

California has always been a magnet for dreamers and their dreams. From the world changing to the positively bonkers, you’ll find it hard not to be inspired by California. The mercantile Los Angeles and high-tech San Francisco offer a tantalising vision of California’s creative, free-spirited, anything-is-possible vibe while laidback towns like San Diego serve up the state’s Spanish roots. Add to that achingly beautiful landscapes, some of the world’s greatest adventure sports and an endlessly sunny sky, and you’ll be day dreaming until you go. Book your flight to California direct with Qantas today.

The basics

In winter (December to February) the average temperature hovers around 15°C. In summer (June- August) the temperature averages 25-30°C

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Explore California

California’s diverse natural and man-made beauty lends itself to a range of unique experiences within one destination - city adventures, snow holidays, surf beaches, vineyards, top rated golf courses and spas – something for everyone in the true Californian way.

High Sierra

The stony peaks, moody mountains and giant sequoias of Yosemite, King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Parks have served as the location of plenty of Hollywood spaghetti westerns. Farther north on the Nevada border, you’ll also find the ski resorts of Lake Tahoe, as well as plenty of arts and music festivals in summer.

San Francisco

With the booming tech industry spilling out of nearby Silicon Valley, San Francisco has fast become a hub for high technology companies. Join the tech elite in San Fran's SOMO district or go for classic chowder on Fisherman’s Wharf. You can visit historical attractions such as Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge amidst a very liberal, forward thinking and accepting culture.

Central Coast

Artist enclaves in Carmel and Big Sur, celebrity residents, world-class resorts, an emerging wine region and a grand castle are some of the attractions as you make your way along scenic Highway One from Monterey to Santa Barbara. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and wildlife refuges, state parks and beaches inspire rambling hikes along the way.

Inland Empire

Ontario, Riverside and San Bernardino are thriving urban centres in one of the fastest-growing areas of California. Go further afield to discover the area’s agricultural roots, still alive in the surrounding small communities like the Temecula wine region. You’ll also find summer fun at Big Bear Lake and winter sports in the San Jacinto Mountains.

Los Angeles

Amusement parks, architectural landmarks, art museums and galleries, beaches, parks, hiking and shopping, to name a few. After the sun goes down, you’ll find there’s an abundance of nightlife options, including movies (of course!), as well as live music and comedy provided by performers both legendary and yet-to-be-discovered.

North Coast

Nature preserves, forests and rugged trails are the attractions of California’s North Coast, as well as fine dining and music festivals. Drive through Redwoods State Park and the wineries of Sonoma County.

Orange County

If you want to go shopping in the US on a family holiday, chances are you’ll find yourself in Anaheim, where Disneyland and some enormous outdoor shopping complexes attract gazillions of people every year. If the commercialism tires, take off for the Costa Mesa and some quintessential Californian beach towns along the coast.

San Diego

With theme parks, great coastal villages, and the world famous San Diego Zoo on offer, San Diego reels in the families year after year. Enjoy restaurants featuring plenty of delicious local produce, a lively theatre and arts scene, pumping nightlife and the spectacular 1200-acre urban cultural park Balboa in the centre of town.

Things to do in California


  • Surf the famous Huntington and Manhattan Beaches.
  • Ski the slopes at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe or relax by the fire in a log cabin.
  • Drive Highway One along the Big Sur Coastline.
  • Play a round of golf at Pebble Beach.
  • Hire a bicycle and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Ride a Rollercoaster at Disneyland, Universal Studios or the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk.


  • Walk beneath some of the world’s oldest and largest trees at the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  • Tour the astoundingly beautiful Joshua Tree National Park.
  • Tune into some great acts at the Coachella Music Festival in Palm Springs.
  • Camp in the incredible Yosemite National Park.
  • Catch a symphony, opera or rock concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Eat and Drink

  • Sample the Napa Valley and Sonoma wines in their own vineyards.
  • Grab a famous Ghirardelli chocolate and take a guided walking history tour of historic Ghirardelli Square where it all began.
  • Chow down at one of the iconic In-N-Out Burger franchises.
  • Eat seafood chowder on San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Sample the new food movement of Mendocino County.

Bestselling tours in California at right now…

  1. Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour
  2. Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
  3. Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip
  4. San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour
  5. Skip the Line: Front of Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood

Book these or any of our huge selection of tours, activities and transfers with Qantas Activities and you'll enjoy a Price Promise and 1 point per AU$1 spent if you are a Qantas Frequent Flyer.

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Getting around California

All Qantas flights to Los Angeles arrive at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, but note that some leave from Terminal 4. From Los Angeles Airport, you can hire a car to take you on your journey around California or use a bus transfer to get into L.A.

Most people book car hire in California, simply because it is the easiest way to get around the destinations. However, train journeys on AMTRAK are popular if you have a single destination or are taking a tour.

One of the most documented road trips on earth, the Pacific Coast Highway (part of California’s Highway 1), starts in L.A and runs north along the Pacific Ocean through some of the world’s most famous surfing and leisure territory. Inland, to the east, lies a line of beautiful 18th century Spanish desert missions. South of L.A., you can take the Interstate 5 down south to the border of Mexico through San Diego and La Jolla. Yosemite National Park lies to the north west of Los Angeles.

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San Francisco

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Book car hire in California

Hit the road for a big adventure in California starting with car hire in LA. Book your car before you go with Qantas and if you’re a Frequent Flyers, you can earn points with Avis and Budget.

QBE Travel Insurance

QBE has a range of travel insurance policies for both annual multi city and international travel as well as single international trips+


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