Surprise? Aussies love the outdoors and camping is in!

Despite COVID-19 concerns and a terrible year for world travel, 65 percent of Aussies are still dreaming about travel and are looking for what is safe and available in their own backyards, a newly released report, The Tripadvisor 2020 Year in Review: Australia Edition reveals.

Jane Lim, VP for Global Markets at Tripadvisor said “Between the bushfires and global pandemic, 2020 has indeed been a tough year for Australians, especially those who have had to cancel trips and shelve travel plans. It’s definitely great to see that despite the limitations of travel, Australians are still actively supporting local businesses and out discovering what’s in and around the city.

“While a lot remains unknown in the year ahead, we remain hopeful and positive that travel will recover and we will all come back to travel safely.”

Travel platform Tripadvisor, looked at some of the most loved staycations, eats and activities this past year and topping the list of Aussie favourites were campgrounds, local barbecue joints and outdoor parks.

In line with the easing of lockdown measures and reopening of many local businesses in Australia, Tripadvisor site data shows that domestic bookings increased to well above 2019 pre-pandemic levels.

The report states: “Our search data has shown that despite not being able to travel, our travellers are still researching, saving, exploring and dreaming about their next trip, outing or activity for when it’s safe again.

“This year, we pulled the top trending searches in the Hotels, Restaurants and Attractions categories, looking for the most loved by locals. These businesses were chosen by an algorithm that takes into account bubble ratings and the number of reviews a business received from domestic reviewers in 2020.

“From city-wide lockdowns to inter-state travel restrictions, it comes as no surprise that Australians want to be outside this year. In Australia, trips and activities that take place in the great outdoors came up as some of the most searched for categories.

“A recent Tripadvisor traveller survey found that 42% of Australian travellers are most likely to pick outdoor and nature type destinations.”

Here are the top 10 campgrounds and parks that were most loved by locals this year:

  1. Dongara Tourist Park
  2. Broken Hill Tourist Park
  3. Caloundra Waterfront Holiday Park
  4. Bukirk Glamping
  5. Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks
  6. BIG4 Emu Beach Holiday Park
  7. Rawnsley Park Station
  8. Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach
  9. BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort
  10. Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park

Here are the top 10 parks that were most loved by locals this year:

  1. South Bank Parklands
  2. Kings Park and Botanic Garden
  3. Paronella Park
  4. Oxley Scenic Lookout
  5. Flinders Chase National Park
  6. Roma Street Parkland
  7. Cook Park
  8. Queens Park Botanic Gardens
  9. Laurel Bank Park
  10. Islands Caravan Park


  1. 2020 travel destinations based on Tripadvisor platform data for domestic travel to popular destinations in Australia from 1 January – 30 November 2020.
  2. Travel trends based on a Tripadvisor Traveller Sentiment Survey of Australian respondents from October 16-20, 2020.

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