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9 October 2012

Domestic travels on the increase as Australians stay closer to home

The strength of the Aussie dollar over the past 12 months may have increased the affordability of far flung destinations, yet recently released government data shows that when it comes to spending our holiday cash, for many of us it’s still a case of ‘home sweet home.’

Not only are we taking more domestic trips (up 6%) than we were 12 months ago, consumer spending is also up 9%. And the most expensive holiday spot for domestic travellers?  Coming in at the top end of the budget is the pricey top-end of Australia. Darwin tops the list with each visitor spending an average of $1398, followed by the North West and then tropical North Queensland.

Whilst New South Wales remains the most appealing state for domestic travellers, Queensland is gaining popularity. Over the past 12 months visitor spending in the sunshine state has soared 19%, with holidaymakers flocking to tropical North and the Sunshine Coast.

The research also reveals a trend for domestic Aussie travellers staying close to home – almost 7 out of 10 stay within their state.  But that’s not to say that we’ve abandoned our international adventures. In the 12 months to March 2012, Aussies took over 7m trips overseas with New Zealand, Indonesia and the USA the preferred destinations.

Planning an overseas trip? Check out our tips on how to make your money work for you on holiday.

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