Australia enacted some of the most strict lockdown restrictions in 2020, which kept any and all tourists out. Then, in February, the country once again opened back up to Americans — just in time for the more comfortable Australian winter temperatures.
For US travelers on the West Coast, getting to Australia has never been easier thanks to a new Qantas direct route from Los Angeles to Brisbane (the business class seats are worth it if you can spring for them, as the flight is 14 hours and lie-flat seats will have you well rested and refreshed when you land). This coastal river city is the perfect jumping off point for Americans looking to head down under. Outdoor experiences, a roster of smart restaurants and bars, and classic animal experiences can all be taken in even on a short trip.