Aussies are getting ready to explore their backyard
With the ban of international travel set to last into next year, it’s more than likely you’re your next holiday will be in Australia. And that suits most Aussies just fine, according to new research. But which Aussie holiday destinations will they visit?
A survey conducted by the University of Queensland (UQ) revealed that over 50% of Aussies want to travel domestically when restrictions are lifted. So much so that many have already started planning their next holiday to an Aussie holiday destination.
“They’re searching for accommodation options and destination-related information that includes attractions and local restaurants and cafes, so they are ready to take their next trip once they’re able to do so,” University of Queensland business school researcher and associate professor Gabby Walters told UQ News.
“Australia’s tourism industry has been heavily impacted, and the number one motivator for future travel was to support the economy and tourism sector.”
Coastal destinations are the most popular choices for a getaway, followed by country and regional. Meanwhile, cities ranked the lowest of all Aussie holiday destinations.
Of those planning to travel domestically, around half were keen to drive to their destination, instead of flying or taking public transport.
Hygiene had climbed the agenda too as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. More tourists are concerned with the hygiene standards of airlines, public transport, facilities, recreational sites and accommodation than before.
The pandemic has changed tourist behaviours, according to Walters. That means that tourism post-COVID-19 could look very different to before.
Here are some great Aussie holiday destinations to consider for your next holiday:
This spectacular beach town has more than just sand. Think great dining options, great fishing, snorkelling, surf and scenic walks. It’s also just a short hop from historic Milton with its quaint shops and markets.
Fine wine, food, fishing, surfing, swimming, diving, hiking, four-wheel-driving, camping and whale-watching are just some of the activities you can try in this stunning corner of Western Australia. Take in the breathtaking views of the dramatic coastline as you learn about the history of this old colonial town.
This is the perfect place to enjoy the waters of Port Phillip Bay, a nursery for wild bottlenose dolphins, and the stunning Mornington Peninsula National Park. Cool off at a safe bay beach or ride the surf at the ocean beach before meeting the locals at the historic Portsea Pub. It’s also a great spot to scuba dive.
Set high in Queensland’s Blackall Range, Maleny is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty and great produce. The lush surrounds and scenery of this inland region will keep you entertained, but if you need to splash in the ocean, Caloundra’s waves are just 30 kms away.
A playground for nature lovers, Kangaroo Island offers wildlife at every turn along with striking scenery and gorgeous beaches. Although hit hard by the bushfires earlier this year, large parts of the island were unaffected and are well worth a visit.
The Top End stuns in summer with its dramatic waterfalls, stormy skies and intense greens. In winter, the days are sunny and the nights are mild making it the most comfortable time of year for bushwalking, hiking, camping and cycling.
This charming seaside village looks out over the crystal clear waters of Great Oyster Bay and the striking granite peaks of Freycinet National Park. It’s also home to a number of historic buildings that conjure an era gone by. Head to the museum to bring the town’s fascinating stories to life.
Are you planning a trip to any of these Aussie holiday destinations?