Amazing vintage Australian travel posters uncovered in an attic show the days when HOW you got to your holiday destination was what really mattered

  • Man found collection of vintage travel posters while cleaning out parents attic
  • Believed to belong to his great aunt who travelled widely in 1950s and hitchhiked across Europe with friends
  • Posters advertise flights all over the world with airlines such as Qantas, Ansett, BEA, B.O.A.C and TAA
  • Advertise trips on P&O and Orient Line cruise ships and ‘highway holidays’ in Australia with Pioneer Coaches
  • Also spruik travel to parts of Australia including Tasmania and South Australia, and holidays to Spain and Sweden



A man has made an unlikely discovery while cleaning out his parents’ attic – a large collection of colourful vintage travel posters from the late 1940s to early 1960s, advertising travel to exotic destinations in Australia and around the world. The finder believes the posters belonged to his great aunt, who travelled a lot during the early 1950s and hitchhiked across Europe with friends. The posters are a mixture of advertisements for airways such as Qantas, Ansett, TAA (Trans Australia Airlines), B.O.A.C. (British Overseas Airways Corporation), BEA (British European Airways) and TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited).

Ansett Australia no longer operates after going bankrupt in 2002, B.O.A.C. merged with BEA in 1974 to form British Airways, TAA was sold to Qantas in 1992 and TEAL was renamed Air New Zealand in 1965. Glamorous and colourful scenes also advertise holidays with P&O Cruises, Orient Line and shipping with Cunard Line. Australians are encouraged to travel with Pioneer Coaches for ‘highway holidays’ while a snowy mountain scene advertises the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand, Medelpad in north of Sweden, Carisbrooke Castle on Britain’s Isle of Wight and various locations in Spain.

Travellers are promised a ‘perfect holiday’ in Port Lincoln, while Mt Gambier is sold as the Lakes District of South Australia, the Flinders Ranges as ‘South Australia’s winter sunland’ and there are scenes from Launceston and Mount Wellington in Tasmania. The fascinating posters highlight how the way you travelled – be it by plane, ship, train or coach – was once just as important as the destination you were headed to.

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A Qantas travel poster advertising flights to the United States showing the bright lights of New York City, with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. BCPA (British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines) was an airline that ran trans-Pacific flights and was bought by Qantas in 1954

An Ansett Australia poster of a plane flying loops around a large pound symbol, advertising cheap airfares to customers. Ansett was a major airline with its headquarters in Melbourne before it ceased operation in 2002

A black and white poster from the Spanish State Tourism Department, telling tourists to ‘visit sunny Spain’ and advertising the Le n Cathedral in Le n, a town in the north of Spain

A colourful poster of the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand, a 12 km long glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the South Island, with rata blossom – a native, red blossom – pictured in the foreground

This image shows a glamorous female flight attendant in uniform, complete with a ‘wings’ badge advertising TAA (Trans Australia Airlines)

A poster advertising more than 200 ‘highway holidays’ for Australians with Pioneer Coaches, showing mountains, lakes and colourful native flowers. In 1992 Greyhound, Pioneer and Bus Australia merged together to form Greyhound Pioneer Australia

A B.O.A.C. (British Overseas Airways Corporation) poster advertising flights to Japan, with an elaborately decorated geisha perched in front of a goldfish bowl

Poster advertising holidays to Port Lincoln on the lower Eyre Peninsula in South Australia as ‘the perfect holiday’, with the jetty leading out into Boston Bay

A Government and Tourist Bureau of South Australia poster of Mount Gambier as the Lakes District of South Australia, with two men relaxing on a hill overlooking the water below

A TAA (Trans Australia Airlines) posters advertising domestic business flights in South Australia, showing a suitcase covered with colourful stickers from around the state

This poster advertises trips to Tasmania, with a view from Royal Park in Launceston to Cataract Gorge, one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions in the lower section of the South Esk River

A BEA (British European Airways) poster advertising flights to countries all over Europe including Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Switzerland

A B.O.A.C (British Overseas Airways Corporation) poster advertising flights to the Middle East, with a man sitting atop an elaborately decorated camel near a palm tree, riding through the desert

This Government Publicity and Tourist Bureau of South Australia poster advertises caravan holidays in the mountains and trees of the Flinders Ranges, described as ‘South Australia’s winter sunland’

A Tasmanian travel poster, showing Mt Wellington covered with snow and the port of Hobart in the foreground

A B.O.A.C. (British Overseas Airways Corporation) poster advertising flights to South America, showing a woman in traditional dress, with a lace shawl and fan and flower in her hair

A Cunard Line poster, of R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth leaving the terminal in Southhampton in the UK, advertising shipping from Europe to the Americas

A TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) poster advertising flights to New Zealand, showing a family in a boat in the Glow Worm Grotto Waitamo Caves.

The caves are located in Otorohanga on the North Island

A B.O.A.C. (British Overseas Airways Corporation) poster advertising the ease of travel, with a leather suitcase with wings flying through the air

An Orient Steam Navigation Company poster advertising cruise holidays in the Pacific, with a Hawaiian woman balancing on the stamen of a pink hibiscus flower, while a cruise liner sails past

A Qantas poster advertising flights around the world as ‘top value for travel money’ with a globe wrapped up as a present, complete with a pink bow

A poster of an artwork advertising travel to the lakes and forests of Medelpad, a historical province in the north of Sweden

A Qantas poster advertising the Super Constellation, an aircraft that flew twice weekly from Sydney to San Francisco and Vancouver via Fiji, Canton Island and Hawaii from 1954

A Spanish State Tourist Department advertisement, showing tiled rooftops, archways and a central square in Granada, a city at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain

A black and white British travel poster showing the walls of Carisbrooke Castle, an Elizabethan artillery fortress on the Isle of Wight

A P&O poster advertising travel for tourists on their oceanic cruise liners

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