Year ending March 2021

Our 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
  • number of 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 bushfires and Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Annual snapshot

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Overnight spend

Year ending March 2021 | $45.7 billion | Down 42%

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Overnight trips

Year ending March 2021 | 72.8 million | Down 35%

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Nights on trip

Year ending March 2021 | 281.1 million | Down 31%


Quarterly snapshot

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Overnight spend

March quarter 2021 | $17.9 billion | No change

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Overnight trips

March quarter 2021 | 24.6 million | Up 1%

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Nights on trip

March quarter 2021 | 102.1 million | Up 6%

Key results

Domestic trips and spend

For the year ending March 2021:

  • domestic overnight trips fell 35% to 72.8 million.
  • spend fell 42% or $33.1 billion to $45.7 billion.

For the March quarter 2021:

  • Overnight trips were up 1% to 24.6 million on March quarter 2020. Spend was unchanged at $17.9 billion.
  • Intrastate travel continued to drive recovery. Intrastate overnight trips were up 13% to 19.3 million. Spend was 30% higher at $11.3 billion, as visitors took longer trips.
  • Regional areas continued to fare better than capital cities. Overnight trips to regional Australia were up 12% to 17.8 million. Spend was up 23% to $12.0 billion.
  • Australians enjoyed holidaying domestically. Overnight holiday trips were up 19% to 12.1 million. Spend was up 13% to $11.1 billion.

Total tourism

Total domestic and international tourism losses were $82.9 billion for the year ending March 2021. These losses comprised:

  • $33.1 billion for domestic overnight travel.
  • $9.1 billion for domestic day trips.
  • $40.7 billion for international travel.

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Explore overnight trips data

Interact with our data for domestic overnight trips for year ending March 2021. You can view the data by:

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

Data tables

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Contact TRA

mail   tourism.research@tra.gov.au