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Australia’s top 30 domestic destinations: data


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Byron Bay

 

With this in mind, travel site Skyscanner has revealed the most popular Aussie destinations to consider for your travel wish list. 

 

Using its hotel booking data*, Skyscanner found the usual suspects – Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth – to be the most popular places to visit In Australia. 

 

But there are some spots that have had significant growth in interest. 

 

Leading the way in this category is the NSW coastal city of Wollongong, which moved 13 places (to 17th) up the list, followed by the northern Queensland city of Townsville, which surged 10 places (to 22nd) and the Western Australian town of Bunbury, which moved up six spots (to 28th). 

 

Albany (WA), Noosa Heads (Qld), Port Douglas (Qld) and Byron Bay (NSW) also saw marked increases in interest. 

 

Top 30 Domestic Destinations for the month of February 2020

 

Ranking in 2020

 

City

 

Y-O-Y ranking shift

1

Sydney

-

2

Melbourne

-

3

Gold Coast

-

4

Perth

^1

5

Brisbane

-1

6

Cairns

^1

7

Adelaide

-1

8

Hobart

-

9

Canberra

-

10

Surfers Paradise

^1

11

Darwin

-1

12

Noosa Heads

^4

13

Byron Bay

^3

14

Launceston

-1

15

Hamilton Island

-

16

Airlie Beach

-2

17

Wollongong

^13

18

Port Douglas

^3

19

Coffs Harbour

-1

20

Port Macquarie

New entrant

21

Newcastle

-1

22

Townsville

-10

23

The Entrance

New Entrant

24

Lorne

New Entrant

25

Geelong

New Entrant

26

Broome

New Entrant

27

Albany

-4

28

Bunbury

-6

29

Cradle Mountain

New Entrant

30

Mackay

New Entrant 

 

*‘Booking’ refers to a hotel selection made with a partner on the Skyscanner booking panel for the month of February.

 
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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 21 February 2020


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