Okay, so this technically isn’t a long weekend, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of Aussies from chasing the sun in Queensland.
A Queensland beach getaway was at the top of the must-do list for most Aussies this weekend, according to Wotif.com‘s report on the most popular coastal spots, city escapes and overseas destinations during the Australia Day period (22-26 January).
Surfers Paradise topped the list of the most popular Aussie coastal destinations for the long weekend. Queensland dominated this list, with Noosa, Broadbeach and Caloundra rounding out the top four.
“It’s no surprise that Surfers Paradise topped the list with some of the Gold Coast’s most luxurious high rise hotels and apartment-style accommodation conveniently located only metres from one of Australia’s most iconic beaches,” says Wotif.com travel specialist Kim Stockham, who wasn’t surprised to see the Sunshine Coast place highly, either.
“From travellers looking for a foodie experience by the seaside to families seeking beaches with calm waves, Noosa delivers both with Hastings St well known for fine dining and the gentle waves at Noosa’s Main Beach being great for the kids.”
Melbourne topped the list of Australia’s most popular capital city holiday destinations, with Brisbane coming in third.
“Australians have a love affair with Melbourne so there is no surprise it’s the number one city to visit for Australia Day this year,” Ms Stockham says.
“There’s no better time to visit Melbourne than over Australia Day. The city’s atmosphere is fantastic with the Australian Open tennis creating plenty of entertainment and fun both on and off the court.”
Some Aussies, however, are going a little further than the Australian coastline for Australia Day, with demand increasing for global hot spots like Bali, Phuket, Auckland and Fiji.
“Plenty of Aussies have taken advantage of the Australia Day break and booked an overseas getaway to Bali or Phuket,” Ms Stockham says.
“Like them, I’ll be celebrating all the great things about home from Bali this Australia Day.”
The top Aussie coastal destinations for the Australia Day long weekend
- Surfers Paradise
- Port Macquarie
- Port Stephens
- The Entrance
The top Aussie capital city destinations for the Australia Day long weekend
- Adelaide, Canberra (tied)
The top global destinations for the Australia Day long weekend
- Phuket, Auckland (tied)
- New York
Did you get away for the weekend, or are you planning an overnight getaway for the public holiday? Brag about it in the comments below!