The top 3 places Aussies love to travel

Peter Terlato 4 August 2016

New Zealand

The same countries have been favourites for the last decade.

New research reveals Australian travellers favoured three countries over all others in 2015-16: New Zealand, Indonesia and the United States.

Aussie's made 1.3 million short-term trips across the Tasman to New Zealand last financial year. 1.2 million Australians visited Indonesia and more than one million descended upon the USA.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed the three destinations have featured prominently among the most popular destinations for Aussie travellers over the last 10 years.

Since 2005-06 the number of travellers to New Zealand from Australia has almost tripled, visitation to Indonesia has increased five-fold and trips to the US have doubled.

This financial year, holidays made up 59% of all travel by Australians, while the average amount of time people spent abroad was 23 days.

An equal number of international visitors from New Zealand (1.3 million) took a short-term trip to Australia in 2015-16.

"Visitors from China followed as the second most popular source of travellers to Australia, with 1.2 million visitors," said Libby O'Toole from the ABS' Migration Analysis and Reporting Team.

"This was almost four times the number that came to Australia in 2005-06."

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