Year ending December 2022

The National Visitor Survey (NVS) results provide statistics on how Australian residents travel in 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 timeframes impacted by COVID-19.

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

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

Annual snapshot

Overnight spend

Year ending December 2022
$101.3 billion
Up 25%

Overnight trips

Year ending December 2022
108.2 million
Down 8%

Nights on trip

Year ending December 2022
Down 4%

Quarterly snapshot

Overnight spend

December quarter 2022
$27.5 billion
Up 34%

Overnight trips

December quarter 2022
27.7 million
Down 6%

Nights on trip

December quarter 2022
97.9 million
Down 5%

Domestic trips and spend key results

Year ending December 2022

  • Domestic overnight trips fell 8% to 108.2 million.
  • Spend rose 25% or $20.6 billion to $101.3 billion.
  • Intrastate trips recovered faster than interstate trips over the year. However, spend was up for both.
    • Interstate trips were down 13% to 33.4 million. Spend was up 22% to $45.6 billion.
    • Intrastate trips were down 5% to 77.0 million. Spend was up 29% to $55.7 billion.
  • Trips to regional areas recovered faster than trips to capital cities over the year, however, spend was up for both.
    • Overnight trips to regional Australia were down 3% to 71.1 million. Spend was up 35% to $56.4 billion.
    • Capital city overnight trips were down 14% to 42.1 million. Spend was up 15% to $44.8 billion.

December quarter 2022

Domestic tourism continued to recover from pandemic impacts. Trips remain down on pre-pandemic levels, but spend was up.

  • Domestic overnight trips decreased by 6% to 27.7 million.
  • Spend increased by 34% or $7.0 billion to $27.5 billion.

Spend recovery was driven by an increase in spend on trips for:

  • holiday: up 47% or $4.5 billion
  • visiting friends and relatives: up 31% or $1.4 billion
  • business: up 19% or $1.1 billion

Spend on key expenditure categories continue to be strong. In the December quarter 2022, the 3 highest spend categories were:

  • accommodation ($7.7 billion, up $2.5 billion or 49%)
  • food and drink ($7.0 billion, up $1.5 billion or 27%)
  • airfares ($4.2 billion, up $1.1 billion or 34%).

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National Visitor Survey results September 2022



National Visitor Survey results September 2022



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 December 2022 compared to December 2021 (XLSX) 283KB 5/04/23
National Visitor Survey results data tables See all the NVS results by location and theme for the year ending December 2022 compared to December 2019 (XLSX) 284KB 5/04/23

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