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NVS 2012 Dec Qtr

Travel by Australians: December 2012 Quarterly Results of the National Visitor Survey
Release: 6/03/2013

This report contains results from the National Visitor Survey for the December quarter 2012. It provides information on Australian resident travel within Australia, including overnight and day visits, and overseas travel (outbound).

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Key Findings

Overnight travel involves a stay away from home of at least one night, at a place at least 40 kilometres from home. A person is an overnight visitor to a location if they stay one or more nights in the location while travelling.

Total overnight trips

  • There were 74.5 million domestic overnight trips taken in Australia, an increase of 4% compared to 2011.

Visitor nights

  • Australians spent 282 million nights away from home, up 4% compared to 2011.


  • Two-thirds (68%) of overnight visitors travelled within their home state or territory, and the remaining 32% travelled interstate.

State/territory visits

  • Most overnight visitors travelled to New South Wales (33%), followed by Queensland (24%) and Victoria (24%).

State/territory visitor nights

  • Visitors spent most nights in New South Wales (30%), followed by Queensland (26%) and Victoria (20%).


  • Holiday overnight visitors contributed almost half of all nights in Australia (46%), followed by those visiting friends and relatives (32%) and business travellers (16%).


  • Australians spent the majority of their nights at a friend’s or relative’s property (38%), followed by a hotel, resort, motel or motor inn (25%).


  • The main modes of transport for overnight visitors were a private vehicle (72%) and air transport (23%).


  • Overnight visitors spent $50.0 billion, up 3% compared to 2011.