Aussie searches spike for end of lockdown travel, but where to?

With the international border ban to be lifted in November, it's time to get planning your next getaway. But where to? Booking.com has revealed the spots Aussies have been dreaming about the most.

With the international border ban to be lifted in November, it’s time to get planning your next getaway. But where to? Booking.com has revealed the spots Aussies have been dreaming about the most.

As states across Australia begin to reach vaccine thresholds for opening up again and the huge announcement on international travel which was exposed today, the reality of travelling over the summer and Christmas holiday periods are becoming a reality. 

Newly appointed Area Manager for booking.com Australia, Melissa Ellison and her team have pulled their most recent traveller search data revealing where Aussies are looking to travel to in late October as we reach double dose vaccine thresholds.

Searches for October dates have peaked for Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania with those states still able to travel for school holidays and sporting events creating a surge in demand. 

Top 10 Most Searched Domestic Destinations by Australian users: 

Gold Coast
Family on the Gold Coast
  1. Gold Coast 
  2. Perth
  3. Brisbane 
  4. Adelaide 
  5. Cairns 
  6. Noosa Heads 
  7. Darwin 
  8. Airlie Beach 
  9. Hervey Bay 
  10. Mooloolaba 

Top 10 Most Searched Global Regions by Australian users: 

Travel
Pullman Cairns International
  1. Queensland 
  2. Western Australia 
  3. New South Wales
  4. Victoria 
  5. South Australia 
  6. Tasmania 
  7. Northern Territory
  8. Australian Capital Territory 
  9. London 
  10. Bali 

Melissa agrees the vaccine threshold has allowed Aussies to remain more optimistic, that sooner rather than later, everyone may once again be able to travel and experience the Australian summer together.

Virgin Australia
Couple in Ubud, Bali

“Our data shows our exploratory appetite and desire to get back to travel as soon as possible remains strong and we’re expecting a very busy travel period over Christmas and NYE. 

“It’s reassuring to see that after a year of unpredictable events, from outbreaks to earthquakes, Aussies have high hopes to return to not just domestic but international travel soon too.” 

“At Booking.com we are doing everything we can to support our partners to help secure and deliver customers to them, as it becomes possible for travellers to experience Australia and the world again. We hope the interest and appetite from Australians, as demonstrated in the data provided, will do just that.” Melissa concluded.

Do you think the global region search results will change now international travel is on the cards in November? Where are you excited to visit first? Let us know – email [email protected].