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DOMESTIC CULTURAL TOURISM

The majority of Australians spent some time away from home in 2002, with most going on a holiday or to visit friends and relatives. Data from BTR show that in 2002, there was a total of 75.3 million trips taken by persons aged 15 years and over that were of at least one night's duration. This is an average of almost five trips per person in the year.


As might be expected, tourists going on holidays were those most likely to undertake cultural activities while away from home. Of the 32.0 million holiday or leisure trips, 20% included a visit to a national park, bushwalking or a rainforest walk, 6% included a museum or art gallery visit and 5% included a visit to history or heritage buildings, sites or monuments.


During 2002, there were also 142.1 million day trips taken within Australia by persons aged 15 years and over. A day trip is defined as being a round trip distance of at least 50 kilometres, with the traveller being away from home for at least four hours although not overnight. Routine travel such as commuting between work and home is excluded.


The most common cultural activities undertaken on day trips were visiting national parks, going bushwalking and taking rainforest walks (undertaken on 6% of day trips overall and on 9% of day trips where the purpose was for holiday or leisure).

2.4 CULTURAL ACTIVITIES OF DOMESTIC VISITORS - 2002

Purpose of visit
Holiday or leisure
Visiting friends and relatives
Business
Other
Total

PERCENTAGE OF OVERNIGHT VISITORS (%)

Visited national parks, went bushwalking, or took rainforest walks
20
7
2
6
12
Visited botanical or other public gardens
2
2
1
1
2
Attended theatre, concerts or other performing arts
3
2
1
*1
2
Visited museums or art galleries
6
3
2
1
4
Attended festivals, fairs or cultural events
3
1
1
*1
2
Visited history or heritage buildings, sites or monuments
5
2
1
2
3
Visited wildlife parks or zoos
3
2
1
*1
2

NUMBER ('000)

Total number of overnight trips
31 978
26 089
14 880
4 115
75 339

PERCENTAGE OF DAY VISITORS (%)

Visited national parks, went bushwalking, or took rainforest walks
9
2
*1
2
6
Visited botanical or other public gardens
2
1
-
*1
1
Attended theatre, concerts or other performing arts
2
-
-
*1
1
Visited museums or art galleries
2
1
1
1
2
Attended festivals, fairs or cultural events
2
-
1
*1
1
Visited history or heritage buildings, sites or monuments
2
1
-
*1
1
Visited wildlife parks or zoos
2
-
-
*1
1

NUMBER ('000)

Total number of same day trips
74 582
42 372
11 577
13 603
142 133

* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
BTR, Travel by Australians, 2002: Annual Results of the National Visitor Survey.


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