Aussie travellers are seeking out more outdoor activities on holidays

Posted: 10 April 2018 4:15 pm

From ski vacations to bushwalking holidays, find out if your next trip is on-trend.

Thanks to the wonders of science, we now know that the scientifically perfect vacation is eight days long with five key activities but when it comes to trip planning sometimes it’s hard to decide exactly what to do when on vacation.

Recent research from Tourism Research Australia and the Australian Government shows some interesting insights into trips taken by Aussies travellers.

In 2017 domestic overnight trips grew to 97.2 million, up by 7% on the previous year with spending up 6% to $65.4 billion. Overnight trips that involved outdoor activities were also on the rise last year, with record participation in a few key experiences.

Visits that involved skiing grew by a whopping 37% to 603,000 and visits to an Indigenous site or community was not too far behind, up 22% to 465,000.

With our attention now captured by the Commonwealth Games, it wasn’t too surprising to see attendance at an organised sporting event up 11% to 3.9 million.

It seems that Aussies are also getting more active on vacation as well, with water activities and sports up 20% to 3.6 million and bushwalking or rainforests walks up 14% to 11.8 million.

This matches up with a recent survey by Hostelworld showing that 77% of Australian travellers are either just as, or even more active when on a trip than at home.

National parks and state parks featured heavily in our latest roundup of the best places to visit in Australia and they're also up 14% from the previous year with 11.2 million visits.

There were some activities that did see a decrease last year for domestic overnight travellers including activities like visiting casinos (down 22%), seeing a movie (down 13%), going to the markets (down 7%) and shopping for pleasure (down 1%).

If you're keen to stay active while away consider booking experiences and activities for your next trip to really get the heart pumping (and stay on-trend).

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