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The Cost Of A Capital-City Holiday

September 18, 2015 Statistics & Trends No Comments Email Email

With the exception of a few hardened backpackers and folks staying with friends or family, taking a holiday generally involves a considerable financial outlay. Obviously, destination plays a key part in this, with some holiday spots costing substantially more than others. Australia’s capital cities are a case in point, as the latest findings from the Roy Morgan Holiday Tracker reveal…

In the year to June 2015, almost 12 million Australians aged 14+ took at least one domestic holiday, with the average cost per head/per night of their last domestic trip being $150. Without exception, this figure was higher for people whose last holiday was spent in a capital city — but with some striking differences depending on which city they visited.

Nobody will be surprised to learn that the country’s two most populous cities, Sydney and Melbourne, are more expensive on a per-person/per-night basis than any other capital. Aussies who took their last holiday in either of these two cities shelled out $197 per person per night on average.

Holiday cost per night/per person in Australia’s capitals


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), July 2014 – June 2015 (n=8,370).

Hobart is not particularly easy on the hip pocket, either, averaging $186 per person per night; nor is Perth, for that matter ($178).

In fact, holiday-makers considering a city break could do a lot worse than our nation’s capital, Canberra ($151)! Sunny Brisbane, which averages out at $158 per person per night, is also distinguished by its relative affordability.

These prices make many popular regional destinations seem positively economical in comparison. With average per-person/per-night costs of $117, $136 and $115 respectively, the North, Far North and South Coasts of NSW (spanning holiday havens such as Port Stephens, Byron Bay and Merimbula) provide thrifty alternatives for travellers willing to forego the bright lights of the big cities.

Victoria’s Great Ocean Road ($121) and Queensland’s Hervey Bay/Fraser Island region ($136) also come in below the national average.

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