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Australia's love affair with travel

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Turner report

Postcodes and postcards

Whether it’s for work, pleasure or study, Australians are avid travellers. The gap year is alive and well, either before university or before joining the workforce, and overseas travel is still considered a right of passage at any age.

Campus Travel’s parent company, Flight Centre Travel Group, has placed a microscope on last year’s travel data to unearth the key trends and what they tell us about the nation’s passion and preferences for travel. The data reveals who is travelling more, who spends the most and the places we’re going.

The results have been published in a new report called The Turner Report Postcodes & Postcards.

In short, Australians are setting new travel records - travelling faster, further, longer, more often and to more destinations. We continue to live in the ‘golden age of travel’, which is being supported by more airlines, carrier routes, accommodation options, more modes of transport and most pleasing of all - more affordability!

Consider this - the first Qantas flight to London in 1947 cost the equivalent of 85 week’s pay for the average wage earner. Today, a typical return flight to London is just 1.14 week’s pay for the average employee.

Where are we going?

Domestically the top five destinations in 2016 in order of popularity were:

1. Sydney,

2. Melbourne,

3. Brisbane

4. Perth

5. Gold Coast

The top international destinations were:

1. US

2. UK

3. Indonesia

4. New Zealand

5. Thailand.

The three destinations recording the largest increase in Australian travellers included:

1.      New Caledonia

2.      Japan

3.      Vanuatu

Who is travelling?

By diving into the data we can reveal who spends the most on travel and who is travelling the most. Australia-wide the largest number of travellers came from:

1.      New South Wales

2.      Victoria

3.      Queensland.

Specifically the postcodes with the biggest travel spenders in 2016 were:

1. North Sydney (2060)

2. Brisbane City (4000)

3. Rouse Hill (2155)

4. Wangara (6065)

5. Campbelltown (2560)

6. Werribee (3030)

7. Gosford (2250)

8. Baulkham Hills (2153)

9. Caloundra (4551)

10. Liverpool (2170).

The five postcodes with the most travellers were:

1.      North Sydney

2.      Campbelltown,

3.      Wangara,

4.      Rouse Hill

5.      Werribee.

The five suburbs with the biggest increases during the survey period included:

1.      Brisbane City (4000)

2.      North Sydney (2060)

3.      Devonport (7310)

4.      Gympie (4570)

5.      Warrnambool (3260).

More Australians than ever are taking to the high seas too. A total of 1.2 million people in 2016 took a cruise holiday, with the average age being 53. In fact, per capita Australians do more cruising than any other country. But whether it’s by a boat, plane or train, one thing is certain – Australia’s enduring love affair of travel continues to flourish.

Fast facts:

In 2016 Flight Centre Travel Group customers travelled a distance equivalent to Mars and back 68 times.

  • The average Australian traveller, is a 47-year-old male who travels for 15 days.
  • More than 59% of trips were international.
  • The 25 to 29 age group travels the most.
  • Travellers in the 15-19 age group grew by 40% from 2015 - 2016.
  • December is the most popular month to travel.
  • The average trip length is 15 days.


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