Your Qantas Points can take you on all kinds of trips – but there’s no shortage of domestic adventures shaped around arts and culture.

Explore Australia’s history in Canberra or the vibrant arts scene in Melbourne. Then there are the wonders of Hobart and the flavours and sights of Bundaberg. But why limit yourself to just one destination? It’s time to start planning your next holiday – and the next one after that!

Art and culture in Canberra, reached using your Qantas Points

Canberra has a lot to offer and being the national capital, it’s easy to get to using Qantas Points. Peruse over 155,000 works of art at the National Gallery of Australia, or commemorate those in our armed forces with a visit to the Australian War Memorial.

There’s plenty more to see and do. Make time for the National Portrait Gallery, which is running a Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibition between 12 March and 17 July 2022. Usually, these treasures are on display in the UK’s own National Portrait Gallery in London, so don’t miss out.

No trip to Canberra is complete without a visit to Parliament House. For now, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is temporarily closed, but the National Museum of Australia awaits.

Parliament House in Canberra
There’s a clear line of sight between the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House. [Courtesy Social Estate/Unsplash]

Here’s how your Qantas Points can take you to Canberra, to begin your arts and culture adventure.

AirlineEconomy ClassQantas Business*
Brisbane to CanberraJetstar6,400 Qantas Points
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Hobart to CanberraQantas / QantasLink8,000 Qantas Points18,400 Qantas Points
Adelaide and Sunshine Coast to CanberraQantas / QantasLink12,000 Qantas Points27,600 Qantas Points
Perth, Darwin and Cairns to CanberraQantas / QantasLink18,000 Qantas Points41,500 Qantas Points
*Qantas Business is available on Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 flights, and selected Boeing 717 services. All Dash 8s, and some Boeing 717s, are Economy-only.

Once your busy days of sightseeing are complete, I can highly recommend the cocktails at White Rabbit. Just a block off London Circuit, the venue is conveniently within walking distance of many hotels, too.

Explore art and culture in Melbourne with Qantas Points

A city filled with culture, there’s always something to see and do in Melbourne – so get your Qantas Points ready! Start with the Van Gogh experience at The Lume, or make your way to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for the Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto exhibit (runs until 25 April 2022).

Hosier Lane in Melbourne
For a colourful showing of ever-changing Street Art, head to Hosier Lane in Melbourne’s CBD. [Courtesy Annie Spratt/Unsplash]

For something a little different, consider booking a ticket to ‘NGV Friday Nights‘. Currently, that gets you into the Chanel exhibition, but with an atmosphere much better-suited to the end of the working week. Enjoy music from live DJs as you explore the exhibition and sip a drink from one of the many on-site bars. With a Four Pillars gin bar, Champagne bar, Yering Station wine bar and more, there’s something for everyone.

Your many options for travelling to Melbourne using Qantas Points

AirlineEconomy ClassQantas Business*
Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston and Newcastle to MelbourneJetstar6,400 Qantas Points
Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Albury, Burnie, Devonport, Launceston, Merimbula, Mildura, Mount Gambier, Newcastle and Wagga Wagga to MelbourneQantas / QantasLink8,000 Qantas Points18,400 Qantas Points
Brisbane, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Ballina/Byron, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to MelbourneJetstar9,600 Qantas Points
Brisbane, Alice Springs, Ballina/Byron, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast to MelbourneQantas / QantasLink12,000 Qantas Points27,600 Qantas Points
Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Hamilton Island, Proserpine and Townsville to MelbourneJetstar14,400 Qantas Points
Darwin, Perth, Broome, Cairns, Hamilton Island and Townsville to MelbourneQantas / QantasLink18,000 Qantas Points41,500 Qantas Points
*Qantas Business is available on Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 flights, and selected Boeing 717 services. All Dash 8s, and some Boeing 717s, are Economy-only.

There’s even more to enjoy for art lovers, with Moulin Rouge! The Musical playing until 29 April. Hamilton is also moving down from Sydney, running from 16 March to 14 August 2022.

Visit between 30 March and 24 April and you’ll also be in town for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With so many ways to get to Melbourne using Qantas Points, your next arts and cultural experience await!

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Your Qantas Points can also fly you to Hobart

On your quest for arts and culture, why stick to the mainland when your Qantas Points can take you to Hobart?

The Tasmanian capital is filled with public art to get you started. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is also a short drive or ferry ride away. For woodwork, art and crafts that you can take home, swing by the Salamanca Market on Saturdays.

There’s also the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where admission is free. To explore a little of Australia’s history, day trips from Hobart to Port Arthur are also possible.

Port Arthur
Extend your Hobart visit to Port Arthur and visit the historic Penitentiary. [Courtesy Keith Davey/Unsplash]

Whether your visit is more arts, culture, or a little of both, let your Qantas Points carry you there.

AirlineEconomy ClassQantas Business*
Melbourne to HobartJetstar6,400 Qantas Points
Canberra and Melbourne to HobartQantas / QantasLink8,000 Qantas Points18,400 Qantas Points
Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Gold Coast to HobartJetstar9,600 Qantas Points
Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane to HobartQantas / QantasLink12,000 Qantas Points27,600 Qantas Points
Perth to HobartQantas18,000 Qantas Points41,500 Qantas Points
*Qantas Business is available on Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 flights, and selected Boeing 717 services. All Dash 8s, and some Boeing 717s, are Economy-only.

With so much on offer, you’ll want to make your visit longer than just a weekender!

Bundaberg beckons

For somewhere a more off the beaten track, Bundaberg is one of Queensland’s hidden gems. Yes, the rum comes from here – and you can certainly visit the Bundaberg Rum distillery, and even create your own blend. But that’s just the start.

Many visitors to Bundaberg gravitate to the Bundaberg Rum distillery. [Courtesy BDC1888/Creative Commons]

Consider timing your visit with the Taste Bundaberg Festival (5-14 August 2022). As well as the usual farmers’ markets and picnics, this year’s Festival allows guests to enjoy a First Nations dining and cultural experience. For something more casual, enjoy a game of polo – or for next-level formal, partake in the banquet on the bridge.

Bundaberg Airport is also your gateway to Childers – about 35 minutes by car. Stop by between 28-31 July 2022 and you’ll catch the Childers Festival. The cane fire tours and opera by the lake are sure to get your attention!

When using Qantas Points towards an arts and culture visit to Bundaberg, here’s how you’ll fly.

AirlineQantas EconomyQantas Business
Brisbane to BundabergQantasLink8,000 Qantas Points
Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra to Bundaberg (via Brisbane)Qantas /
12,000 Qantas Points27,600 Qantas Points*
Darwin and Hobart to Bundaberg (via Brisbane)Qantas /
18,000 Qantas Points41,500 Qantas Points*
Perth to Bundaberg (via Brisbane)Qantas /
20,300 Qantas Points49,500 Qantas Points*^
*On these routes, Qantas Business is only available as far as Brisbane. Connections between Brisbane and Bundaberg are in Qantas Economy.
^From Perth, the Qantas website initially displays 57,000 Qantas Points but reprices to this lower rate given the Economy-only connection.

Also, keep in mind that Bundaberg is only about a four-hour drive north of Brisbane. If road trips are more your style, you might instead prefer to use Qantas Points towards your accommodation costs via Qantas Hotels.

Summing up

Australia truly has so much to explore, and our examples above are just the start.

As we’ve previously covered, using Qantas Points to visit Uluru certainly makes for a magical and cultural trip. You’re also spoiled for choice in using points for family adventures and romantic getaways – or, to explore other parts of the outback.

The hardest part is choosing which fantastic destination you’ll visit first!

Feature image of Australian War Memorial courtesy Tony Liao/Unsplash.

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Best ways to use Qantas Points for Australian art and cultural experience was last modified: August 31st, 2022 by Chris Chamberlin