Year ending September 2022

The National Visitor Survey (NVS) results provide statistics on how Australian residents travel within Australia. You can find national, state and territory results for the:

  • number of trips taken
  • nights spent on a trip
  • amount spent on a trip.

You can also:

  • read about the factors influencing travel within Australia
  • see the changes compared over various time frames impacted by COVID-19.

Unless we say otherwise, we compared the summary results for:

  • the September 2022 quarter to the September 2019 quarter
  • the year ending September 2022 to the year ending September 2019.

Annual snapshot

Overnight spend

Year ending September 2022
$87.5 billion
Up 11%

Overnight trips

Year ending September 2022
101.6 million
Down 12%

Nights on trip

Year ending September 2022
376.9 million
Down 8%

Quarterly snapshot

Overnight spend

September quarter 2022
$27.8 billion
Up 34%

Overnight trips

September quarter 2022
27.6 million
Down 2%

Nights on trip

September quarter 2022
103.2 million
Flat

Domestic trips and spend key results

Year ending September 2022

  • Domestic overnight trips fell 12% to 101.6 million.
  • Spend rose 11% or $8.4 billion to $87.5 billion.
  • Widespread lockdowns and travel restrictions from July 2021 onwards had a large impact on interstate movement.
    • Interstate trips were down 27% to 27.5 million. Spend was down 4% to $42.0 billion.
    • Intrastate trips were down 5% to 74.1 million. Spend was up 29% to $45.5 billion.
  • Regional areas continued to fare better than capital cities over the year.
    • Overnight trips to regional Australia were down 6% to 68.8 million. Spend was up 27% to $51.7 billion.
    • Capital city overnight trips were down 22% to 37.2 million. Spend was down 7% to $35.8 billion.

September quarter 2022

Domestic tourism continued to recover from pandemic impacts. Restrictions eased after widespread lockdowns in mid-2021.

  • Domestic overnight trips decreased by 2% to 27.6 million.
  • Spend increased by 33% or $7.0 billion to $27.8 billion.

Spend recovery was driven by an increase in spend on:

  • Accommodation - up 52% or $2.7 billion
  • Eating out - up 33% or $1.1 billion
  • Petrol - up 34% or $759 million
  • Airfares - up 19% or $619 million.

Increased spending on holidays continued to contribute to the quarter’s strong performance. Holiday spend increased by 57% or $5.9 billion compared to the September quarter 2019. Spend on business travel increased by 3% or $170 million. This was the first quarter that business travel spend exceeded pre-pandemic levels.

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National Visitor Survey results September 2022

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National Visitor Survey results September 2022

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Explore overnight trips data

Interact with our data for domestic overnight trips for year ending June 2022. You can view the data by:

  • state or territory
  • capital city or region
  • interstate or intrastate trips
  • accommodation type
  • reason for travel.

Data tables

Type Title Description Size Date
National Visitor Survey results data tables See all the NVS results by location and theme for the year ending September 2022 compared to September 2021 (XLSX) 283KB 21/12/22
National Visitor Survey results data tables See all the NVS results by location and theme for the year ending September 2022 compared to September 2019 (XLSX) 284KB 21/12/22

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