Caravan and camping holidays reach record numbers

Posted: 29 June 2018 1:53 pm
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Research shows growing popularity for the classic Aussie vacation.

If there was ever one thing that could describe a quintessential Aussie holiday, it would be a caravan or camping trip. Many areas of this vast country of ours are remote enough that in order to fully enjoy them you need to be prepared to get off-the-beaten-track.

It turns out that caravan and camping holidays are not just a popular option but that popularity is actually continuing to grow.

Recent data from Tourism Research Australia reveals Australia’s caravan and camping visitor economy has reached record numbers for the year ending March 2018.

The figures reveal that national overnight domestic caravan and camping trips have reached a whopping 11.84 million in a 3.5% increase from March 2017 and total nights spent caravan and camping increased by 3.5% to reach a record 51.3 million.

Looking at the age break up, caravan and camping trips also proved popular with a wide age demographic and not just for the stereotypical ‘grey nomads’. Surprisingly the 30 to 54-year market (5.5m) was the largest group followed by the 55+ market (3.4m).

The 20-29-year-olds also saw significant growth, increasing by 11% from the previous year to 2.1 million trips.

Since caravan and camping trips are all about getting out into the great outdoors, a large portion of those surveyed enjoyed nature-based experiences including going to the beach (4.1 million) and bushwalking (4 million).

It is expected that the domestic caravan and camping market will continue to grow in the June quarter due to the low value of the Aussie dollar making international travel less appealing and increasing the demand from travellers wanting to reconnect with their own backyard.

If you're seeking an outdoor adventure like the rest of the nation, check out our campervan guide for details on where to book vehicles for your upcoming trip.

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