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Gold Coast tops the list as the most desired domestic destination for Easter Long Weekend, according to KAYAK.com.au

April 18, 2019 OTA News No Comments Email Email

To help Aussies travel with confidence this Easter, leading travel search engine, KAYAK.com.au, has analysed data from billions of flight searches globally to uncover the top destinations across Australia for the upcoming Easter Long Weekend.

To suit every travellers’ desires this Easter, KAYAK has shared the top domestic destinations, the top trending domestic destinations and the domestic destinations with the biggest price drop over Easter.

Top Domestic Destinations

When it comes to choosing the perfect destination within Australia this Easter, Gold Coast tops the list as the most searched destination, seeing an 11% year-on-year increase in flight searches and even a 24% decrease in flight prices. The beautiful sunny coast offers wide stretches of pristine beaches and  adventurous theme parks, making it a go-to Easter escape for families and solo travellers. KAYAK also identified through its ‘Best Time to Book’ tool that the optimum time to book a cheap trip to the Gold Coast is one week in advance, so last minute travellers are in luck.

For those who are looking for food, culture and shopping all in one destination, Melbourne comes in second, with a 16% year-on-year increase in flight searches and a 20% year-on-year decrease in flight prices.

Ranking Top domestic destinations YoY search volume changes YoY flight price changes 2019 average flight price during Easter
1 Gold Coast +11% -24% 255AUD
2 Melbourne +16% -20% 260AUD
3 Cairns +33% -8% 403AUD
4 Perth +14% 0 548AUD
5 Hobart +52% -12% 355AUD

Trending Domestic Destinations

The gorgeous Hamilton Island has seen the highest year-on-year increase with  70%, ranked as top trending destination.. Travellers will also be able to find some good deals as it has also seen a 33% decrease in flight prices.

Other sunny locations including Cairns and Perth both have seen flight search increases (33% and 14% year-on-year respectively) whilst the culture and wine regions in Melbourne and Hobart have piqued travellers’ interest, seeing 16% and 53% year-on-year increases respectively.

Ranking Top domestic destinations YoY search volume changes YoY flight price changes
1 Hamilton Island +70% -33%
2 Hobart +52% -12%
3 Cairns +33% -8%
4 Melbourne +16% -20%
5 Perth +14% -0%

Domestic Destinations with the Biggest Price Drops

KAYAK.com.au has also revealed the top destinations that have seen a significant decrease in flight prices year-on-year for the Easter break,which will be good news to many travellers.

Popular and picturesque destination such as Hamilton Island has seen a 33% year-on-year decrease in flight prices, followed by the Gold Coast (-24% year-on-year ) and Brisbane (-21% year-on-year).

Ranking Top domestic destinations YoY search volume changes YoY flight price changes
1 Hamilton Island +70% -33%
2 Gold Coast +11% -24%
3 Brisbane +10% -21%
4 Melbourne +16% -20%
5 Adelaide +2% -15%

Robin Chiang, Head of Flights, APAC at KAYAK says, “With the Easter break approaching, there’s never been a better time to book a trip with decrease in flight prices year-on-year across popular domestic locations. While now is still ahead of the school holidays and long weekend, Aussie travellers can utilise KAYAK’s Flight Alerts to keep an eye on their desired destinations. As Aussies look ahead to booking their Easter travel, it’s worth knowing that each destination has different optimum lead times when it comes to booking. We’ve created KAYAK’s Best Time to Booktravel guide, revealing the cheapest months to visit the trending destinations.”

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