The people have spoken, and here’s where they’re planning to travel to in Australia and internationally next. (And by people, we mean Australians. And by spoken, we mean their top recent searches on Booking.com.)
This week, the platform released recent search data, which shows where Australians want to travel once state and, eventually, international borders open. Searches for dates in October have peaked for Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania with those states still able to move freely for school holidays, not to mention the sporting events held within them, creating a surge in demand.
Interestingly, on the most-searched list for global regions, it looks like we’re still keen on holidaying at home because Australian states and territories topped the list with Greater London and Bali as the only international destinations, sneaking in at number nine and 10.
“Our data shows our exploratory appetite and desire to get back to travel as soon as possible remains strong and we’re expecting a very busy travel period over Christmas and NYE,” says Booking.com’s Area Manager for Australia, Melissa Ellison.
“It’s reassuring to see that after a year of unpredictable events, from outbreaks to earthquakes, Aussies have high hopes to return to not just domestic but international travel soon too.”
Below are the two lists of most-searched by Australia users in full:
Top 10 Most Searched Domestic Destinations
- Gold Coast
- Noosa Heads
- Airlie Beach
- Hervey Bay
Top 10 Most Searched Global Regions
- Western Australia
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Australian Capital Territory
- Greater London