Monday, September 29th, 2014 - Roy Morgan Research

Australia’s beaches are famous the world over, and with so many to choose from, one could quite easily dedicate a lifetime’s worth of annual leave to exploring them all. So do Aussies take advantage of their fabulous coastline when it comes time to take a holiday? The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show that some do, but not as many as you might expect…

In the year to July 2014, 11,567,000 Australians 14+ took at least one domestic holiday — with 1,671,000 (or 8.7% of the population) reporting that their last domestic trip included time spent at the beach.  Queensland is the most popular state for this kind of getaway, accounting for 34.6% of all beach holiday-goers.

New South Wales is the second-most popular state for a beach holiday (32.8%), followed by Victoria (19.3%). Despite having more coastline than any other state or territory, Western Australia attracted just 10.7% of people who took a beach holiday.

Where Australia’s domestic beach holiday-goers went


Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), August 2013 – July 2014 (n=8,401).NB: total does not equal 100% because respondents may have visited more than one state

The Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast areas are Australia’s top beach-holiday spots, followed by the NSW North and South Coasts.

Angela Smith, Group Account Director, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Considering our country’s vast coastline, it may come as a surprise that only 8.7% of the population travelled to the beach for their last domestic trip. However, when we consider that all but one of Australia’s capital cities are on the coast, and nearly 65% of Aussies live in a capital city, this figure makes more sense. You could almost say that life’s a beach for some of us!


“Determining which segments of the population are most likely to choose this type of holiday is made easier with Roy Morgan Research’s in-depth profiling tool, Helix Personas.


“For example, people from the hard-working, family-oriented Castle and Kids persona are 52% more likely than the average Aussie to have taken a beach holiday for their last domestic trip. Typically hard-working and married, Castle and Kids tend to live in rural areas, and are anxious about their finances. The relative affordability of some coastal destinations would appeal to them — particularly if they could score a good package deal — as would the opportunity to spend quality time as a family.


“With these kinds of insights at their fingertips, destination marketers can ensure that they target their promotional campaigns to reach the most responsive audience.

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