7 things agents learnt on Qantas Holidays' Race Around Northern California

60 agents from around Australia just finished a week galavanting around Northern Cali on the Qantas Holidays Race Around famil, learning a bunch of things along the way.

60 agents from around Australia just finished a week galavanting around Northern Cali on the Qantas Holidays Race Around famil, learning a bunch of things along the way.

Have you ever heard the saying:

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

It’s so true isn’t it?

The agents on the Qantas Holidays’ annual Race Around famil definitely think so.

The 60 agents, who were split into four different teams – The Warriors, The 49er’s, The Kings and The Giants – were put on separate itineraries through the highlights of Northern Cali, including Napa Valley, Sonoma, North and South Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Sacramento, learning a bunch of new things along the way.

Team 49ers - snoopy museum

Which now puts them in a great position to sell the highlights of Northern California, especially now that Qantas is recommencing daily flights to San Francisco from Sydney.

Especially Team Kings, who were announced the winners of the Qantas Holidays Race Around Northern California 2016 at a special Gala dinner in San Francisco.

Curious to know exactly what these top performing agents learnt on their week away?

Then read on!


1. You don’t need a fridge to have a cold beer in South Lake Tahoe.

Want to know the best way to end a day spent on the water or on the slopes?

A nice cold beer, of course – just ask The Warriors team.

There’s just no such thing as a warm beer in South Lake Tahoe.    


2. You can drink and exercise at the same time in Sacramento.

Who said drinking piles on the calories?

The Kings team got to cycle around Sacramento on a 15-passenger bicycle, visiting numerous local pubs and restaurants along the way and burning off those pints of beer.

Old Sacramento


3. The best way to end a day in North Lake Tahoe is…

A photo posted by Vincent Baker (@vinniiecent) on

The Giants team found out that there really is no better way to finish off a long day than hitting the slopes at the famous Le Chamois at Squaw A glass of champers optional.

Giants North Lake Tahoe


4. The sun pretty much shines all year round in California.

Well, technically, Los Angeles records on average 284 sunny days per year, San Diego around 266 sunny days per year, San Fransisco around 259 per year, and Sacramento around 269 per year.

Pretty good numbers, don’t you think?

Agents on the Race Around famil certainly did.

Team 49ers _ Yosemite    


5. You can sing and dance in Napa Valley.

You can do so much more in Napa Valley besides drinking world-class Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons at one of the region’s 500 wineries.

The Kings team on the Race Around got to find out first hand that Napa Valley isn’t short on after hours entertainment, such as this live Swing band!


6. A s’more is seriously the BIG. THING. EVER.

A photo posted by Kim Louise (@kimlouise6) on

What do you get when you roast marshmallows and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham crackers over an open fire?

HINT: Starts with an H, and ends with an N.

(Race Around agents scream out) – HEAVEN!


7. Even seals in San Francisco believe in siestas.

A photo posted by Kim Louise (@kimlouise6) on

It’s true.

There’s nothing quite like an afternoon nap after exploring the Bay City on a famil.

We’re pretty sure the lucky agents on the Qantas Holidays Race Around were jealous at the sight of these seals catching some shut-eye in San Fran, but then again, these agents got to explore Northern California on a famil, so toughen up princesses!

Golden Gate Bridge

To check out more of the amazing images from Qantas Holidays’ Race Around Northern California, go to the KarryOn‘s Facebook page, or head on over to @QHRaceAround on Instagram and Twitter or search for #QHRaceAroundNorCal.

What have your learnt about Northern California thanks to Qantas Holidays?

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