Sydney most popular Aus destination over the holidays

Sydney leads Australia as the most popular holiday destination Image: Destination NSW

Sorry Melbourne, but according to leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au, Sydney was Australia’s most popular destination in terms of hotels bookings over the Christmas and New Year break.

Melbourne was however the second most popular with Queensland’s Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, rounding off the top five.

Capital cities had the highest number of holiday bookings throughout the country, with the exception of Brisbane which was third after the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

lastminute.com.au General Manager, Kirsty Labruniy is encouraging Australians to venture out into their own backyard and take advantage of a weekend getaway whilst the sun is still shining and the crowds subside, especially in late January and February.

Labruniy suggests that being quick on deals and taking a holiday over two destinations, if rooms are sold out for a part of your holiday plans, can help with having a last minute summer escape.

Alternatively, try a city break and do something that you have always wanted to do like see a movie in an outdoor cinema.

For ideas on beating the January blues, here are the top destinations booked over the Christmas and New Year break through lastminute.com.au:

New South Wales

  • Sydney
  • Byron Bay
  • Coffs Harbour
  • South Coast
  • Central Coast

Victoria

  • Melbourne
  • Apollo Bay
  • Torquay
  • Lakes Entrance
  • Cowes

Queensland

  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Fraser Coast

South Australia

  • Adelaide
  • Port Lincoln
  • Mount Gambier
  • Victor Harbor
  • Rowland Flat

Western Australia

  • Perth
  • Margaret River
  • Albany
  • Broome
  • Bunbury

Tasmania

  • Hobart
  • Launceston & Tamar Valley
  • Strahan
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Port Arthur

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