Since Qantas is also the only carrier to operate the Airbus A380 between the US and Sydney, that means you’re basically going to be flying in a work of art: Designed by industrial designer Marc Newson (Apple, Louis Vuitton), the A380 has two decks connected by staircases, a walkup snack bar, and a ton more, making sure all cabins are serene for your journey.
WHERE TO STAY
There’s no shortage of comfy accommodations in Sydney, but you’ll have to book soon to beat the Vivid Syndey rush.
If you’re looking to be in the middle of all the action, your best bet is QT Sydney, located right in the city center. This cityscape hotel is down the block from Hyde Park, a 20-minute walk from the Opera House, and close to transit options. To be away from the chaos, head to The Old Clare, a boutique hotel slightly outside Sydney’s business- and retail-centric city center (also called Sydney CBD) but right near Central Station. The rooms are hip and gorgeous, plus there’s a gym, a heated pool, and bike rentals. North of that you’ll find The Darling, a luxury boutique hotel just five minutes from the Casino Wharf ferry station. Lastly, if you’re really looking to splurge, it doesn’t get more luxe than the Park Hyatt Sydney which is literally on the harbor. Book yourself a waterfront room so you can catch that epic Opera House light show from your bed.