Where do Australians travel over Easter?

Stephanie Yip 7 April 2017

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Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland are the top places.

Easter brings with it many things, from Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies to four-day long weekends and fun-for-the-whole-family school holiday breaks.

HotelsCombined booking data from 2016 reveals many Australians use this time to travel domestically, catching up with family and having beach breaks. They also use this time to explore neighbouring nations.

The data, which pools over 5 million bookings made for the four days over Easter, revealed the three most popular destinations for Aussies travellers last year were Melbourne, Sydney and Surfer's Paradise.

This correlates well with finder.com.au's data for hot Easter destinations, which shows Sydney (and Manly) are the most searched destinations, followed by Noosa Heads and Melbourne.

HotelsCombined's data shows Australia's fave, Bali, was the most popular international destination in 2016, with Legian, Seminyak and Kuta all heavily booked for Easter travel. New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and US destinations Hawaii and Las Vegas also made it into the top 10 most booked international stays.

This trend continues this year as data from finder.com.au shows Bali, Japan and the USA (Palm Springs and New York City) as the most-searched international breaks for 2017 Easter dates.

Here's how HotelCombined's 2016 data stacks up against finder.com.au's 2017 top Easter searches.


Top domestic destinations over Easter

HotelsCombined (2016)hotels.finder.com.au (2017)
MelbourneManly
SydneySydney
Surfers ParadiseNoosa Heads
BrisbaneMelbourne
SouthbankGold Coast
AdelaidePerth
PerthSouthbank
Port MacquarieNorthbridge
BurswoodBroadbeach

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