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International Visitors in Australia: December 2012 Quarterly Results of the International Visitor Survey
Release: 6/03/2013

This report contains results from the International Visitor Survey for the December quarter 2012, including information on the travel behaviour of international visitors at a state/territory and national level.

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Key Findings

Total international visitors

  • There were 5.7 million international visitors to Australia, an increase of 5% compared to 2011.

Visitor nights

  • International visitors spent 206 million nights in Australia, up 6% compared to 2011.


  • New Zealand was the largest source of visitors (1,093,224), followed by China (592,169), United Kingdom (560,437) and USA (452,765).

State/territory visits

  • Over half of international visitors visited New South Wales (51%), followed by Queensland (35%) and Victoria (32%).

State/territory visitor nights

  • International visitors spent a third of their nights in New South Wales (33%), followed by Victoria (22%) and Queensland (21%).


  • The majority of international visitors arrived in Australia on a holiday (44%), followed by those visiting friends and relatives (25%), and those travelling for business (16%).

Return visits

  • Most international visitors were on a return trip to Australia (63%).


  • Inclusive package travellers accounted for 14% of international visitors, while group tour travellers accounted for 8% of international visitors.


  • International visitors spent a total of $18.9 billion, an increase of 4% compared to 2011. The average spend per international visitor trip was $3,316.

Image: Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Courtesy of John White/South Australian Tourism Commission.