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May 27, 2016 Golf Tourism No Comments Email Email

As any travel agent or tourism operator would know, golfing holidays are big business. Not only do some 1.9 million Australians 14+ play golf either regularly or occasionally, but they tend to be from the better-off end of the socio-economic spectrum and more likely to go on holiday than the average Aussie. Roy Morgan Research reveals which domestic destinations hold special appeal for the country’s aspiring Greg Normans and Karrie Webbs…

The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show that people who play golf either regularly or occasionally are considerably more likely than the average Australian to name Queensland as the state they’d most like to visit on holiday in the next two years: 49.6% compared with the population average of 40.6%.

Victoria (49.2%) and New South Wales (47.9%) also rate higher for golfers on their holiday wish-lists than for the average Aussie, as the chart below indicates. In fact, the only state which golfers have a below-average interest in visiting is South Australia.

Australian states where golfers would most like to spend a holiday vs population average


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), January – December 2015 (n=15,367).

States of play

Delving a bit deeper into which destinations in Queensland, Victoria and NSW appeal especially strongly to golfers, a rather unsurprising – but striking nonetheless – pattern soon emerges. People who play golf are noticeably more likely than the average Australian to name destinations with good golf courses (or golf resorts) as potential holiday spots.

Among the Queensland destinations more likely to appeal to golfers than the average Australian are:

  • Noosa: Aussies who play golf are 59% more likely than the average Australian to name Noosa as somewhere they’d like to take a holiday
  • Surfers Paradise: 41% more likely
  • Cairns, Atherton Tableland: 24% more likely

Each of these places offers a choice of golf courses and/or resorts (often located in very scenic surrounds), such as the Paradise Palms resort in Cairns, or the Noosa Golf Club, with its resident koalas and kangaroos.

Victoria is an obvious choice for a golfing holiday. Not only is Melbourne home to four of Australia’s 10 best golf courses (as judged by Golf Digest), several others from the Top 100 are located in the coastal regions listed below (which also have above-average appeal for golfers):

  • Mornington Peninsula, Portsea, Flinders region: 44% more likely to be named as a preferred destination by people who play golf
  • Great Ocean Road (Torquay, Lorne, Port Fairy etc): 18% more likely
  • Melbourne: 10% more likely

NSW’s above-average popularity with Aussie golfers is also understandable. Not only does it boast the country’s highest-altitude course (Thredbo), it’s also home to the course voted Australia’s most beautiful (Bonville Golf Resort, Coffs Harbour). It’s no fluke that these destinations are among the NSW holiday spots that golfers are more likely than the average Aussie to nominate:

  • North Coast, Forster, Port Macquarie, Coff’s Harbour, Taree, Port Stephens: 46% more likely
  • Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Gloucester etc: 38% more likely
  • Thredbo, Perisher/Smiggins: 34% more likely

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