Our National Visitor Survey results provide statistics on how Australian residents travel within Australia. You can find national, state and territory results for the:
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Year ending March 2023
Year ending June 2020 | $63.0 billion | Down 19%
Year ending June 2020 | 92.0 million | Down 19%
Year ending June 2020 | 341.5 million | Down 15%
March quarter 2023
June quarter 2020 | $3.9 billion | Down 80%
June quarter 2020 | 10.0 million | Down 67%
June quarter 2020 | 38.2 million | Down 62%
The recent bushfires and COVID-19 have had an enormous impact on Australia’s domestic tourism market.
Domestic tourism saw a total loss of $21.7 billion in January to June 2020 when compared with the same period in 2019. This comprised:
COVID-19 reduced travel volumes significantly. In the 2020 June quarter:
See the difference for spend and trips between this year and last year.
|Spend ($ billion)||January to June 2019||January to June 2020||Difference||% change|
|Trips (million)||January to June 2019||January to June 2020||Difference||% change|
Australians’ reasons for travel changed due to the impact of COVID-19:
The Australian traveller profile has changed due to COVID-19.
Australians usually travel to go on holiday. However since COVID-19, they took more overnight trips and spent more nights away for business-related and VFR travel. In the June quarter 2020:
Domestic overnight spend fell 45% or $17.7 billion to $21.8 billion from January to June 2020. This included losses for:
This greatly outweighed the solid growth recorded overall by each visit purpose across the first half of 2019–20.
Note: The sum may not add up to 100%. Only major reasons for travel are shown.
Most of the loss in overnight spend in January to June 2020 occurred in the June quarter. Spend during this quarter was down $15.8 billion. This was a fall of 80%.
Visitor spend patterns also changed significantly due to COVID-19 restrictions. The share of total overnight spend on:
Some spend categories had close to 100% falls in June quarter 2020:
These changes are consistent with current travel behaviour. Private vehicle is the main transport. Activities are limited by COVID-19 restrictions.
Some travel activities were affected more by COVID-19 restrictions in June quarter 2020.
Overnight trips involving arts and heritage and/or social activities fell by more than 90%. These included visits to:
Trips that included eating out and dining at restaurants were down by 84%.
Overnight trips involving nature and other outdoor activities fared better. The decline ranged between 60% and 75% for trips with visits to:
and/or those with these activities:
Visitor nights fell by 15% for the year ending June 2020 and 62% or 64.0 million for the June quarter 2020.
Most accommodation types have seen significant declines. These falls were much larger for the commercial accommodation sector in June quarter 2020:
Commercial accommodation saw overnight trip spend fall 78% to $1.1 billion in June quarter 2020. This is significant loss of business in these categories.
Note: The sum may not add up to 100%. Only some accommodation types are shown.
Interstate travel made up 33% of all domestic overnight trips and 56% of spend during pre COVID-19 conditions in 2019. The average trip spend for interstate travel was $1,173 per person compared to $452 per person for intrastate.
State border closures due to COVID-19 saw significant falls for June quarter 2020:
The usually lucrative interstate market accounted for just 11% of all overnight trips. This compares with 31% in June quarter 2019.
The profile of interstate/intrastate travel completely changed during the June quarter 2020:
Transport used for domestic overnight trips changed significantly in the June quarter 2020:
This pattern is consistent with travellers preferring to drive to regional areas over visits to capital cities.
Overall, capital cities saw a far more significant fall in domestic overnight visits (78%) than regional areas (61%).
Note: The sum may add to more than 100. More than one type of transport can be used per trip.
All states and territories had a fall in overnight visitors and spend for the year ending June 2020.
|State||Number of visitors|
|New South Wales||30.3||-19%||$18.1||-20%|
|Australian Capital Territory||2.5||-14%||$1.4||-26%|
Note: The sum of the total number of visitors for each state will be greater than the total number of visitors for Australia. This is because travellers can visit more than one state.
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