Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Melburnians are twice as likely as the rest of the country to have a holiday home, the latest data from Roy Morgan Research shows.

1 in 20 Melbourne residents (5.0%) have a holiday home, but among the rest of Australia the overall holiday home-ownership rate is just 1 in 40. In fact, nearly a third of all Australian holiday home-owners live in Melbourne.

2.8% of people in Sydney or Brisbane have a holiday home, ahead of 2.7% in Adelaide and 2.4% in Perth. Only around 1 in 50 non-capital city residents have a holiday home. Nationally, including Melbourne, around 560,000 Australians 14+ (2.9%) report having a holiday home.

% of Australians with a Holiday Home by Mainland State Capital City:

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, July 2013–June 2014, sample = 16,809 Australians 14+

Angela Smith, Group Account Director – Consumer Products, Roy Morgan Research, says:

“Aside from Melbourne, residents of Canberra and Hobart are also more likely than average to have a holiday home.

“The lucky few with holiday homes are, unsurprisingly, more likely than the average Australian to have had a holiday in the past year, and they also took two more trips on average.

“However it would be a mistake to assume that holiday homeowners are less valuable to travel and tourism marketers because they have free accommodation available.

“In fact, 42% of holiday home-owners took an overseas holiday in the past year, compared with 24% of all Australians. Second home-owners tend to be wealthier, of course, but perhaps because they have free accommodation on some holidays they can justify going all out when visiting somewhere else.” 

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