Queensland’s rum capital is one of the nation’s hottest destinations in 2016, according to an analysis of Flight Centre bookings.

Bundaberg placed sixth on Flight Centre’s list of 2016’s most popular destinations, with more tourists flocking to Bundy than ever before.

The list is full of surprises, especially the first place finish for Fremantle. Flight Centre puts the popularity of the West Australian port city (up a whole 126 per cent from 2015) down to the rise of the cruise industry in the west.

Hayman Island finished second, with a 46 per cent rise in bookings since last year, which the travel company attributes to the relaunched luxury Hayman Island resort in the Whitsundays. The hotel recently reopened as a five-star brand under new management from One&Only.

Rural locales are also a hot destination in 2016, with a seven per cent increase in bookings for the New South Wales town of Wagga Wagga (seventh on the list) and a tenth place finish for Albury, which sits on the border of New South Wales and Victoria.

Old favourite Uluru did make the list, with a 12 per cent increase in bookings to the outback tourism stalwart.

Top local travel destinations for Aussies in 2016, according to Flight Centre

  1. Fremantle
  2. Hayman Island
  3. Ballina
  4. Devonport
  5. Uluru
  6. Bundaberg
  7. Wagga Wagga
  8. Port Macquarie
  9. Melbourne
  10. Albury

Are you headed to any of these trending destinations in 2016? Let us know in the comments below! 

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