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With international borders closed and overseas leisure travel looking unlikely until late 2021, there has never been a better time to explore Australia. And, according to recent research by KAYAK.com.au – the world’s leading travel search engine, a surprisingly large number of Australians are yet to experience many iconic destinations in our own backyard.

A KAYAK.com.au survey has revealed that nearly 1 in 2 Australians have not visited the Great Barrier Reef, Great Ocean Road or Bondi Beach. Furthermore, at least 8 in 10 Aussies have not explored some of the most iconic outback destinations in Australia, like Uluru (80%) and Kakadu (85%).**
Overall, cost and crowds were identified as the top two barriers for Aussies not having travelled to these iconic destinations in their lifetime.**

Ben Connell, VP of APAC Marketing at KAYAK says, “It’s surprising to see that iconic destinations remain undiscovered by the majority of Australians. Now that international tourists are non-existent and crowds are low, 2021 is the perfect time for travellers to snap up great travel deals and tick off some of these special locations on their bucket list.”
KAYAK has unveiled the Top 10 Bucket List Destinations for 2021**, with many of the untapped destinations above making the list of destinations/attractions that Aussies are wanting to visit this year.

Top 10 Bucket List Destinations for Aussies in 2021
1. Great Barrier Reef (QLD)
2. Uluru (NT)
3. Kakadu (NT)
4. Daintree Rainforest (QLD)
5. Great Ocean Road (VIC)
6. Cradle Mountain (TAS)
7. Cable Beach (WA)
8. Mt Kosciuszko (NSW)
9. Wineglass Bay / Freycinet National Park (TAS)
10. Bay of Fires (TAS)

Why the Northern Territory is Australia’s Hottest State to Explore (in More Ways Than One) KAYAK.com.au’s findings show that most Aussies have never visited Australia’s iconic outback attractions, but they’re at the top of the bucket list for 2021, with Uluru and Kakadu taking out the number two and three spots respectively.

For Aussies looking to travel to Uluru, price data from KAYAK.com.au reveals that flying to Alice Springs on a Tuesday is the best way to get the lowest price*. Travellers can save up to 49% on flights compared to flying on a Sunday – the most expensive day to fly.*

For those traveling to Kakadu via Darwin, travellers can save up to 16% extra by flying on a Friday, compared to flying on a Tuesday, the most expensive day to fly.*

“We’re thrilled that Australians are looking for something different for their holiday this year. If travellers are after something awe-inspiring, majestic and exciting they couldn’t pick a better destination than the Northern Territory,” said Tony Quarmby, Executive General Manager at Tourism NT.

“It’s great to see Uluru and Kakadu both making the top three on the Bucket List for Aussies, but no Australian should wait until they are close to kicking any buckets to visit either of these iconic locations. Right now is the perfect time to capitalise on what you have been delaying for way too long and we encourage everyone seeking something different to get out and explore the beautiful Red Centre and Top End this year.”

Similarly, iconic outback destinations in Western Australia remain largely undiscovered, with 9 in 10 Aussies having yet to explore Broome and The Kimberley.**

For Aussies seeking an outback adventure in 2021, flight price data from KAYAK.com.au shows that Broome is the destination to travel to for the best deal, with flights down by -37% this year compared to 2019.*

Australia’s stunning islands are undiscovered gems for domestic travellers

A majority of Australians haven’t been to some of Australia’s most picturesque and popular islands, with KAYAK.com.au’s data revealing that 9 in 10 Aussies have yet to discover the beauty of Lord Howe Island, Bruny Island or Kangaroo Island.**

Percentage of Aussies that haven’t been to popular islands
● Lord Howe Island (97%)
● Bruny Island (94%)
● Kangaroo Island (90%)
● Hamilton Island (86%)
● Whitsundays (78%)
● Rottnest Island (82%)
● Phillip Island (70%)
● Fraser Island (15%)

“We all think of places like Thailand, the Maldives and Bali as being stunning destinations for island getaways  we forget that we have so many spectacular islands right here on our shores. Now is a great time to escape to these remote locations and support local tourism,” says Ben Connell, VP of APAC Marketing at KAYAK.

For those dreaming of an island escape, Kangaroo Island in South Australia is the top island choice to score a deal, with KAYAK.com.au’s data revealing flights to the picturesque location are down this year by -20% compared to 2019.*

Knowing when to travel can be the ticket to unlocking major savings for island destinations like the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island, which – despite only 3% of those surveyed having visited – is enjoying the spotlight after recent visits from multiple Australian celebrities. Aussies looking to experience the lush tropical island only two hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane can save up to 45% by flying on a Thursday, compared to Sunday which is the most expensive day to fly.*

Surprisingly, island destinations offered the best value for last minute travellers looking to satiate their wanderlust with the best flight deals to Kangaroo Island and Fraser Island available seven weeks out from travel.

Lord Howe Island has the shortest booking to travel window of any iconic destinations, with the best flight deals available just three weeks out from departure.*

Best Flight Price Data according to KAYAK.com.au

To help Aussies get the best price on flights to their favourite Bucket List locations, KAYAK.com.au has revealed how far in advance to book flights for the best price, as well as what day to fly on.

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