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

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Overnight spend

Year ending September 2022 | $87.5 billion | Up 11%

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Overnight trips

Year ending September 2022 | 101.6 million | Down 12%

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Nights on trip

Year ending September 2022 | 376.9 million | Down 8%


Quarterly snapshot

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Overnight spend

September quarter 2022 | $27.8 billion | Up 34%

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Overnight trips

September quarter 2022 | 27.6 million | Down 2%

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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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Explore overnight trips data

Interact with our data for domestic overnight trips for year ending September 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

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