Caravanning is more popular than ever

International tourists are flocking to Australia for caravanning holidays.

The quintessential Aussie caravanning holiday has become a popular choice for international tourists.

While still immensely popular with Australian holidaymakers, new data from Tourism Research Australia found 377,000 international tourists camped or caravanned in Australia in the year ending March 2019, a 7% growth on 2018.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said international tourists had spent a record $6 billion in Queensland in the past year.

“This year, for the first time in a decade, our market share grew faster than NSW and Victoria,” Ms Jones said.

“Brisbane continues to see strong results with the city reaching a record high in international visitation and total expenditure, up 4.5% to 1.4 million people and 15% to $2.8 billion respectively.

“Tropical North Queensland performed well with the region up 2.7% in total expenditure to $1.1 billion.

“International spending also increased significantly on the Sunshine Coast, up 24.4% to $96 per night, resulting in overnight visitor expenditure growth by 20.5% to a record $277.2 million.”

Queensland remained the most popular caravanning destination in Australia, with the Sunshine State attracting more than 132,000 international visitors.

New South Wales was close behind with 129,000 international visitors followed by Victoria with 91,000, an increase of 5% on 2018.

Despite being associated with grey nomads and baby boomers, the millennial market proved the strongest demographic with 157,000 international tourists aged between 20-29 opting to camp and caravan across Australia.

Those in the 30-54 age bracket were the next highest demographic, representing 127,00 tourists followed by 73,000 visitors aged 55 or older.

Caravanning tips:

Planning a caravanning trip around Australia? Brush up on RACQ’s top five things all caravanners should know.

  1. Compliance and weight restrictions.
  2. Ensure weight is distributed evenly.
  3. Regular maintenance checks.
  4. How to manoeuvre your caravan.
  5. Caravan-specific road rules.