This is shaping up to be a booming year for domestic tourism.
With the ‘global crisis that shall not be mentioned’ keeping wary travellers within our borders, and bushfire affected communities needing your tourism dollar more than ever, it’s the perfect time to explore our own – very large – backyard.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, Skyscanner has revealed the most popular tourism destinations in Australia based on the number of hotel bookings through their site so far this year.
As you may have suspected, the big four – Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth – remain the most popular destinations. However, there are some exciting and, perhaps, unexpected runners-up.
Leading this ‘dark horse’ race is Wollongong. This beautiful city on the coast of NSW has jumped 13 places on the list, and now sits in 17th place. The next surprise entrant on the up is Townsville, moving up ten spots to sit in 22nd. Bunbury, in Western Australia, has made the top 30 list after leaping six spots and now sitting in 28th. There has also been a significant increase in tourism to Byron Bay, Albany, Noosa Heads and Port Douglas.
Top 30 domestic destinations:
- Gold Coast
- Surfers Paradise
- Noosa Heads
- Byron Bay
- Hamilton Island
- Airlie Beach
- Port Douglas
- Coffs Harbour
- Port Macquarie
- The Entrance
- Cradle Mountain
Have you visited any of these domestic destinations? Where would you recommend our other members travel to?
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