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TripAdvisor’s best world destinations vs best Australian destinations by price

Stephanie Yip 22 March 2017

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Should you stay or should you go?

TripAdvisor has just released its Travellers’ Choice Award winners for the best destinations in the world and in Australia. While Sydney topped the list for Australia, it was surprising to see that one of Australia’s favourite budget destinations Bali took out the top place around the world.

While Australia’s top destinations are dominated by beach-side locations, it’s interesting to note that less than half of the world’s top destinations are cities. They’re also generally cities that are constantly on the flight sales shelf, including London, New York City, Paris and Rome.

It’s no secret that Australian beach getaways can either be budget-friendly or blow the bank due to their exclusivity or location. With so many cheap and accessible international destinations on the list, we crunched the numbers to see which long-haul trip you could take for cheaper than a local one.

Below we’ve taken the average nightly rate of bookable hotels in each destination from 1 March to 31 August 2017 from TripAdvisor and the lowest cost return flight from Sydney to each destination as found on I Want That Flight. We then calculated how much a week-long trip (six nights) at each destination would cost for flights and hotel accommodation alone.


TripAdvisor's top world and Australian destinations by price

DestinationCost of a week-long trip
Gold Coast$1,140
Phuket$1,143
Siem Reap$1,245
Magnetic Island$1,250
Airlie Beach$1,328
Crete$1,438
Margaret River$1,571
Melbourne$1,576
Port Douglas$1,590
Sydney$1,968
Noosa$1,973
Bali$1,986
Prague$2,212
Rome$2,531
Barcelona$2,560
Paris$2,713
London$3,002
Exmouth$3,235
New York City$3,531
Lord Howe Island$5,153

The conclusion:

Even without having to fly to Sydney, the Gold Coast comes out on top as the cheapest destination for a week-long break in Australia, with an estimated cost of $1,140 per person for six nights. This still comes in cheaper than any of the world destinations, but only just, with a week-long trip to Phuket costing approximately $1,143.

Not surprisingly, Siem Reap and Bali are the next cheapest international destinations, costing under $2,000 per person for six nights, which make them slightly cheaper than a beach getaway to Port Douglas and about as expensive as a trip to Noosa and back.

The Aussie destinations that really break the bank are Exmouth and Lord Howe Island. This may come down to the exclusivity of these locations, coupled with the lack of budget airlines flying directly to these places. With Exmouth costing around $3,225 for a week-long stay and Lowe Howe Island taking the cake at $5,153, it’s interesting to note that you can travel to international hotspots and back for less, including Paris from $2,713, London from $3,002 and New York City for $3,531.


Here's the breakdown:

Australia

Sydney

  • Average nightly rate: $328
  • Cheapest return flight: N/A
  • Week-long trip: $1,968

Melbourne

  • Average nightly rate: $243
  • Cheapest return flight: $118
  • Week-long trip: $1,576

Lord Howe Island

  • Average nightly rate: $701
  • Cheapest return flight: $947
  • Week-long trip: $5,153

The Gold Coast

  • Average nightly rate: $175
  • Cheapest return flight: $90
  • Week-long trip: $1,140

Magnetic Island

  • Cheapest nightly rate: $168
  • Average return flight (via Townsville airport): $242
  • Week-long trip: $1,250

Noosa

  • Average nightly rate: $304
  • Cheapest return flight (via the Sunshine Coast): $149
  • Week-long trip: $1,973

Margaret River

  • Average nightly rate: $205
  • Cheapest return flight (via Perth airport): $341
  • Week-long trip: $1,571

Port Douglas

  • Average nightly rate: $225
  • Cheapest return flight (via Cairns airport): $240
  • Week-long trip: $1,590

Exmouth

  • Average nightly rate: $287
  • Cheapest return flight: $1,513
  • Week-long trip: $3,235

Airlie Beach

  • Average nightly rate: $176
  • Cheapest return flight (via Hamilton Island airport): $272
  • Week-long trip: $1,328

Worldwide

Bali

  • Average nightly rate: $267
  • Cheapest return flight: $384
  • Week-long trip: $1,986

London

  • Average nightly rate: $335
  • Cheapest return flight: $992
  • Week-long trip: $3,002

Paris

  • Average nightly rate: $297
  • Cheapest return flight: $931
  • Week-long trip: $2,713

Rome

  • Average nightly rate: $276
  • Cheapest return flight: $875
  • Week-long trip: $2,531

New York City

  • Average nightly rate: $452
  • Cheapest return flight: $819
  • Week-long trip: $3,531

Crete

  • Average nightly rate: $100
  • Cheapest return flight: $4,222 to Crete (or $838 to Athens)
  • Week-long trip: $4,822 (or $1,438 via Athens)

Barcelona

  • Average nightly rate: $280
  • Cheapest return flight: $880
  • Week-long trip: $2,560

Siem Reap

  • Average nightly rate: $128
  • Cheapest return flight: $477
  • Week-long trip: $1,245

Prague

  • Average nightly rate: $193
  • Cheapest return flight: $1,054
  • Week-long trip: $2,212

Phuket

  • Average nightly rate: $128
  • Cheapest return flight: $375
  • Week-long trip: $1,143

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