Aussie’s choice: Most popular destinations of 2013

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It’s no secret that Australians love to travel. In fact, we’re choosing to travel more often, according to recent research conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). At 8.4 million overseas trips embarked on in 2013, the total has tripled in number compared with 10 years ago.

But where are we all heading to? If you’re planning your next overseas escapade, why not consider one of the top five destinations Australians flew to in 2013.

New Zealand

New Zealand was the most popular destination for Australians in 2013, with ABS recording 1.1 million trips across the ditch in total. It’s convenient, can be relatively inexpensive, and has a number of locations to suit every traveller’s taste. Popular holiday destinations include ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown and bustling Auckland.


Coming in a close second was Indonesia. Comprised of thousands of tropical islands, Indonesia is tranquil and picturesque. If you want to immerse yourself in an exotic location that’s brimming with cultural experiences, visiting an Indonesian island like Bali will deliver.


The United States of America is a big attraction for Australians. Explore iconic attractions like Times Square in New York, admire the Hollywood sign landmark in Los Angeles, or base your visit around big events like California’s famous Coachella festival.


Thailand comes in fourth on the list of Australia’s most popular destinations. Try the local cuisine in Bangkok, or rent a motorbike and explore Koh Samet’s beaches after swimming and sunbathing your day away.


Sitting a little lower down the list but still popular at number five is the UK. Explore the rugged and romantic countryside of Scotland, try to catch a glimpse of the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London, or cruise the river Thames.

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