Top 30 Aussie destinations

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:

  1. Sydney
  2. Melbourne
  3. Gold Coast
  4. Perth
  5. Brisbane
  6. Cairns
  7. Adelaide
  8. Hobart
  9. Canberra
  10. Surfers Paradise
  11. Darwin
  12. Noosa Heads
  13. Byron Bay
  14. Launceston
  15. Hamilton Island
  16. Airlie Beach
  17. Wollongong
  18. Port Douglas
  19. Coffs Harbour
  20. Port Macquarie
  21. Newcastle
  22. Townsville
  23. The Entrance
  24. Lorne
  25. Geelong
  26. Broome
  27. Albany
  28. Bunbury
  29. Cradle Mountain
  30. Mackay

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Written by Liv Gardiner

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