Most popular destination for Aussies

New Zealand continued to be the leading destination for Australians travelling overseas, with nearly 1.5 million short-term trips in 2019, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Jenny Dobak from the ABS said that the record 11.3 million trips Australians made overseas in 2019 was almost double that of 10 years ago.

“There has been a strong increase of Australian residents travelling overseas over recent years,” she said.

New Zealand was the leading destination country for residents of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT.

Indonesia remained in second position with over 1.4 million trips and was the leading destination for those living in South Australia, Western Australian and the Northern Territory.

The average duration away for Australians was 14 days.

Of the top 10 destination countries, those travelling to the United Kingdom stayed away the longest (24 days on average), followed by those travelling to India (23 days).

The shortest average days away were for Fiji (seven days) and New Zealand (eight days).

Trips to the United States were the third most popular among Australians, with just over one million trips last year, the UK was fourth with 663,000 trips.

There were 608,000 trips to China last year (fifth place), but that number will drop significantly this year in the wake of the ever-developing coronavirus crisis.

Asian and Pacific countries dominated the bottom half of the top 10, with Thailand sixth, Japan seventh, India eighth, Singapore ninth and Fiji 10th.

Did you travel to any of the top 10 countries visited by Australians last year? Which country do you think will take China’s place in the top 10 this year?

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