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The most expensive destination in Australia

And where did Aussies fork out the most for accomm overseas?

If you think accommodation prices in Sydney and the best of Far North Queensland are dear, don't consider staying at this Australian icon, which is on average easily the most expensive destination in Australia.


Sails in the Desert


According to’s new Hotel Price Index (HPI), prices in Yulara, home base for Uluru and Kata Tjuta, rose 13% to a whopping average $350 per night in 2016.


Following the NT spot as our dearest, were the Whitsunday Islands ($257, no change), Sydney ($221, no change), Port Douglas ($205, +3%) and Melbourne ($174, -2%).


Recording the biggest fall in prices were Perth ($170, -12%), Townsville ($112, -13%) and Darwin ($137, - 10%).  


“Overall, the Hotel Price Index data reveals that Australian hoteliers experienced a room boom in 2016 as international tourism sky-rocketed by more than 10%2,” brand Australia and New Zealand marketing manager David Spasovic said.


“While cities such as Townsville, Perth and Darwin experienced double-digit percentage decreases in 2016, prices that may have been originally inflated due to the mining boom of previous years are now beginning to balance out as the market settles into its new rhythm.”


Internationally, the places where Aussie travellers forked out the most on accommodation were in the US and Greece, lead by Lahaina ($384), Mykonos ($356), New York ($345), Boston ($343) and Santorini ($329).


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 8 March 2017

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