If you have younger kids, chances are you will be hoping to plan a family holiday sometime in the near future when Australia’s interstate borders start opening up once more. In our other travel guides, we’ve covered romantic getaways and outdoor adventures.

But with kids in tow, you might be looking for somewhere a bit more accessible and with multiple attractions for the young ones to look forward to. Armed with a stash of Qantas Points, we’ll take you through some cities that you could fly to, soon.

Classic Reward Seats are quite flexible with no cash cancellation fees. If you can’t travel due to continued restrictions, chances are you may be able to delay or cancel your trip without a points penalty either — Qantas currently has a waiver in place until 31 October 2020.

And outside this period, change fees come in at 5,000 Qantas Points per passenger, with cancellation fees charged at 6,000 Qantas Points per passenger.

Here are the best ways to use your Qantas Points to book a family trip to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle or Adelaide.

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Best ways to use Qantas Points for a family adventure in Australia was last modified: November 9th, 2020 by Brandon Loo

Using Qantas Points to fly to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is home to many of Australia’s biggest theme parks, such as Dreamworld and Warner Brothers Movie World. Water lovers can catch a wave along the 57km of beaches or at Wet’N’Wild or WhiteWater World while the delights of Lamington National Park is an hour’s drive away.

As a primary leisure destination, Jetstar is the dominant Qantas Group airline flying out of the Gold Coast Airport, which incidentally sits on the border between Queensland and New South Wales. However, Qantas does also fly Business Class-equipped jets from Sydney and Melbourne.

Qantas and Jetstar routes to Gold Coast
Qantas (red) and Jetstar (red + orange) routes to the Gold Coast.
Jetstar EconomyQantas EconomyQantas Business
Newcastle, Sydney to Gold Coast6,400 points8,000 points18,400 points
Melbourne, Cairns, Adelaide to Gold Coast9,600 points12,000 points27,600 points
Perth to Gold Coast14,400 pointsN/AN/A

Using Qantas Points to fly to Brisbane

Can’t fly to the Gold Coast from where you are? Brisbane is another option and as a capital city, it has many flight connections from regional areas. It’s also the perfect starting points for a road trip — head up for the Sunshine Coast or down to the Gold Coast, to mix city and sea in one trip.

Brisbane is a sophisticated city with plenty of trendy restaurants and activities to do along the river. There’s even more to do within an hour’s drive from the city, such as visiting Australia Zoo.

A selection of Qantas and Qantaslink routes (red), and Jetstar routes (orange). Not all flights to Brisbane are shown. Note that ‘Yulara’ is Uluru.
Jetstar EconomyQantas EconomyQantas Business
Sydney, Canberra, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Roma, Charleville, Barcaldine, Emerald, Moranbah, Mackay, Proserpine and Newcastle to Brisbane6,400 points8,000 points18,400 points
Longreach, Mount Isa, Launceston, Cairns, Townsville, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart to Brisbane9,600 points12,000 points27,600 points
Perth, Darwin, Broome, Port Hedland, Alice Springs, Uluru to Brisbane14,400 points18,000 points41,500 points

Using Qantas Points to fly to Newcastle

Another surf town, Newcastle is the second-largest city in New South Wales. Its laid-back atmosphere is perfect for a quieter trip away with the kids.

For a more gourmet experience, head out to the Hunter Valley for top-notch food and wine (for the adults, of course!) Back in town, the cafes and restaurants take advantage of the region’s fresh produce and are the perfect pit-stop before hitting the surf.

Flight options to Newcastle are fairly limited — you’ll need to position yourself to Melbourne or Brisbane first. Alternatively, fly into Sydney and tackle the two-hour drive up north.

Qantas and Jetstar routes to Newcastle
Qantas (red) and Jetstar (red + orange) flights to Newcastle.
Jetstar EconomyQantas EconomyQantas Business
Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne to Newcastle6,400 points8,000 points18,400 points

Using Qantas Points to fly to Adelaide

Adelaide is full activities for families — stroll down Rundle Mall, visit the Haigh’s Chocolate factory for a tour, or head down to the beach in Glenelg for some frolicking along the soft sandy shores.

If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, a trip to the Barossa Valley could be worthwhile, with numerous wineries catering for children with tours and food tastings that everyone can enjoy.

Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open-range zoos in the world, and you could experience being in a cage and feed the free-roaming lions! Why not also consider hopping on a Qantas flight and visiting nearby Kangaroo Island while you’re in Adelaide?

Qantas and Jetstar routes to Adelaide
Qantas (red) and Jetstar (orange) routes to Adelaide. Note that ‘Yulara’ is Uluru and ‘Lara’ is Melbourne Avalon Airport.

As a capital city, Qantas services the majority of routes into Adelaide, with Jetstar overlapping on some flights and running connections to Melbourne Avalon Airport and to Hobart.

Jetstar EconomyQantas EconomyQantas Business
Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln, Whyalla to Adelaide6,400 points8,000 points18,400 points
Alice Springs, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast to Adelaide9,600 points12,000 points27,600 points
Perth, Darwin to AdelaideN/A18,000 points41,500 points

Summing up

Your Qantas Points could help you plan a cost-effective family trip, as airfares are often one of the biggest expenses for a group holiday. Admittedly, 75,000 points may not quite be enough if we’re talking 3-4 people flying across Australia, but it may work for closer destinations in neighbouring states.

Even better, there is usually decent value to be found in Economy Class, as cash tickets tend to be high. The inherent flexibility of reward seat bookings also makes it an ideal way to secure flights.

While you could also use your Qantas Points for luxury hotel stays and car hire at your destination, that value isn’t usually as good. Instead, consider looking for an all-inclusive holiday package on Qantas Hotels, as there may be some options that cater to families with kids.

Those special ‘Luxury Offers’ earn 6 points per dollar spent, and some properties have fantastic inclusions like food & beverage credits, bottles of wine on arrival, breakfast included and late check-out.

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Best ways to use Qantas Points for a family adventure in Australia was last modified: November 9th, 2020 by Brandon Loo
Best ways to use Qantas Points for a family adventure in Australia was last modified: November 9th, 2020 by Brandon Loo