Wayfarer TV: the best of Los Angeles as Qantas marks 40 years of direct flights

by James Wilkinson

It was 40 years ago in April 1984 when Qantas began non-stop flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles on the Boeing 747SP and to this day it is still one of the most popular routes for the Flying Kangaroo.

In celebration of the milestone, Wayfarer this week takes you to Downtown Los Angeles in Episode 12 of Series 2, and award-winning host James Gregory Wilkinson looks at some of the best things to see and do in the City of Angels.

In the episode, Wilkinson heads to three of the city’s best craft breweries in the Arts District and Downtown, and checks out hot retail and restaurant spot, The ROW DTLA.

Los Angeles’ craft beer scene has exploded in recent years and the city is now home to some of the best brews in America, including what’s being produced at Angel City Brewing and Imperial Western.

At The ROW DTLA, find top restaurants, retail stores, weekly markets and events in former warehouses that date back to 1917 and on this segment, Wilkinson finds some of the best spots.

In Series 2 of Wayfarer, being broadcast online across the world and onboard Fiji Airways, Wilkinson takes viewers across the globe to some of the best hotels, bars, restaurants, galleries and attractions that several of the world’s leading destinations have to offer.

The line-up for Series 2 includes: Austin, Texas, USA; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, USA; Paris, France; Shanghai and Beijing, China; and Singapore.


The best way of getting to Los Angeles in comfort and style.

Qantas’ brilliant Business Class ‘Suite’


Qantas operates direct flights to Los Angeles from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with Airbus A330s, A380s and B787s that feature the airline’s suite-style Business Class cabin.

Qantas’ Business Class cabin is headlined by a ‘suite’ seat – now available on all the Boeing 787-9, Airbus A330-200 and Airbus A330-300 jets in the fleet and select Airbus A380-800s – that has been popular with executive and leisure travellers since it first arrived on the scene in 2016.

This next-generation Business Class seat from the Flying Kangaroo can be reclined for take-off and landing, and the cabin offering also includes top Australian food and wine and world-class entertainment.