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Year ending September 2021

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 the time frames impacted by COVID-19.

The summary results for the year ending September and September quarter 2021 are compared to the year ending September and September quarter 2019 pre-COVID periods. This is because results for the year ending September and September quarter 2020 were a large deviation from pre-pandemic levels.

Annual snapshot

Overnight spend

Year ending September 2021 | $60.9 billion | Down 23%

Overnight trips

Year ending September 2021 | 82.7 million | Down 29%

Nights on trip

Year ending September 2021 | 325 million | Down 21%

Quarterly snapshot

Overnight spend

September quarter 2021 | $9.3 billion | Down 55%

Overnight trips

September quarter 2021 | 11.8 million | Down 58%

Nights on trip

September quarter 2021 | 53.5million | Down 48%

Key results

Domestic trips and spend

For the year ending September 2021:

  • Domestic overnight trips fell 29% to 82.7 million.
  • Spend fell 23% or $18.2 billion to $60.9 billion.

For the September quarter 2021:

  • Improvements seen in March and June 2021 quarters reversed due to increased border closures and restrictions to contain COVID-19 Delta outbreaks.
  • Overnight trips were down 58% on September quarter 2019 to just 11.8 million. Spend was down 55% or $11.5 billion to $9.3 billion.
  • Travel restrictions had a greater impact on interstate movement.
    • Interstate trips were down 86% to 1.4 million. Spend was down 77% to $2.9 billion.
    • Intrastate trips were down 43% to 10.4 million. Spend was down 23% to $6.4 billion.
  • Regional areas continued to fare slightly better than capital cities during the quarter.
    • Overnight trips to regional Australia were down 50% to 8.7 million. Spend was down 39% to $6.6 billion.
    • Capital city trips were down 72% to 3.5 million. Spend was down 73% to $2.7 billion.
  • High vaccination rates, a decrease in COVID-19 cases and an easing of lockdown restrictions through the December quarter offer promise for improvements next quarter.

Total tourism

Domestic and international tourism losses have totalled $128.3 billion since the start of the pandemic. These losses comprise:

  • $49.8 billion for domestic overnight travel
  • $16.0 billion for domestic day trips
  • $62.5 billion for international travel.

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Explore overnight trips data

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

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

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