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International travel — short-term visitor arrivals to Australia — 2018-19
Statistics on travel movements of persons arriving in Australia for short term trips (i.e. less than 1 year). It is the number of international border crossings rather than the number of people.
Short-term visitor arrivals
The record annual 9.3 million visitors in 2018-19 was 3.8 million more than 10 years earlier and 272,300 more than 1 year ago. There has generally been an ongoing increase of visitor arrivals to Australia over recent decades.
1.1 Short-term visitor arrivals, Australia — June 1979 to June 2019 — year ending
Residents from nearly every country around the world visited Australia in 2018-19. China (1.43 million) remained the largest source country of short-term visitor arrivals with New Zealand (1.41 million) in second place. This reflects strong growth in the number of Chinese visitors over the decade, with a 303% increase since 2008-09. However, this growth has slowed more recently.
(b) Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
State or Territory of stay
All travellers are asked their intended address in Australia upon arrival. The proportion of short-term visitor arrivals by intended state or territory in 2018-19, were as follows:
In 2008-09 this pattern was slightly different, with more visitors intending to stay in Qld than in Vic. The NT had a slightly higher number of visitors 10 years earlier whereas all other jurisdictions shared the growth in international visitors.
1.4 Short-term visitor arrivals, Australia — State/Territory of Stay — 2008-09 and 2018-19
At the state and territory level, the mix of source countries varies from that at the national level.
Ten years earlier in 2008-09, New Zealand was the leading source country for NSW, Vic., Qld, Tas & the ACT. However, the UK was leading for SA & WA, and the USA for the NT.
Age and sex
There were more visits to Australia by women than men in 2018-19 (4.9 million women compared with 4.5 million men). The opposite was true in 2008-09 (2.8 million men and 2.7 million women).
In 2018-19, men and women visiting Australia had a similar median age (41 years for men and 40 years for women). The largest group of visitor arrivals were aged between 25 and 29 years. There were also large numbers of women arriving aged 55 with the largest source country being from China at this age.
Female visitors were more likely than males to record their main reason for journey as holiday (26% compared with 21%), visiting friends and relatives (17% compared with 13%), and education (3.4% compared with 3.1%). Male visitors, on the other hand were more likely to travel to Australia for business (5.5% compared with 1.8%).
Duration of stay
Visitors are asked their intended duration in Australia upon arrival.
During 2018-19, the median duration of stay in Australia was 11 days. However, this varies between the states and territories and between the numerous source countries. It also varies depending on a traveller's main reason for journey.
In 2018-19, the median duration of days for those visiting SA was 17 days, whereas for Qld it was 10 days. Those from India (40 days) stated their intention to stay longer than most others but this also varied between the states and territories. Those from Japan only visited for 6 days on average.
1.6 Short-term visitor arrivals, Australia — Top 10 source countries(a) by State/Territory of stay — Median duration of stay — 2018-19
(b) Includes Other Territories.
(c) Includes United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
The duration of stay of short-term visitors to Australia varied by their reason for journey:
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