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Were you lucky enough to escape reality and travel to your dream holiday destination in 2017? According to insights from Booking.com, the most popular countries to travel to for Australians in 2017 included an array of countries in Europe, South-East Asia and beyond.

Whether your perfect holiday is spent lying on a beach on an exotic island, trekking through the jungle, or spending up big in various shopping malls, see below the top 10 countries travelled to by Australians in 2017.


1. Australia

Home sweet home! Australian’s had more staycations in 2017 than holidays in any other country. When you live in a country like Australia, why would you go anywhere else! With wonders like The Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Uluru, the Twelve Apostles, Kakadu, the Daintree Rainforest, the Blue Mountains, as well as big cities and beautiful harbours to explore, it’s no wonder Aussie’s decided to skip the long flight and holiday in their homeland instead.


2. New Zealand

When venturing beyond our boundaries, many Australians decided to remain within reach by travelling only a few hours across the ditch to New Zealand. The South Island is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders alike, with numerous ski fields within easy reach from Queenstown, such as Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, The Remarkables and Cardrona.

New Zealand offers breathtaking scenery and landscapes in every direction. Some other hugely popular tourists attractions on New Zealand’s South Island include Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, and Rotorua and the Bay of Islands on the North Island.


3. Indonesia

Getting a little bit further abroad, Indonesia rounds out the top three for countries visited by Australians in 2017. Well-known by Australian tourists, the Indonesian island of Bali is continuously a major drawcard to the country for its mix of stunning serene scenery and party provinces. Other areas worth visiting in Indonesia are Jakarta, Lombok, Tana Toraja, the Komodo National Park, Ubud (Bali) and the Gili Islands.


4. Japan

Japan is a country rich in culture and history and is deservedly becoming a must-see country for many Australian tourists. Japan’s most well-known landmark without question, is Mount Fuji, standing at an impressive 3,776 metres in an otherwise quite flat landscape. If tackling a tall mountain is on your bucket list and Mount Everest (8,848 metres) isn’t within reach, Mount Fuji is a realistic option to consider.

If you’re leaning more towards city sight-seeing options, you can’t go past MariCar in Japan’s capital Tokyo, which will have you seeing all the action from your own Super Mario inspired go-kart. Now that sounds like fun!


5. The United States of America

Reaching further into long-haul flight territory, the U.S takes out the fifth place for holiday destinations visited by Australians in 2017. With something for everyone such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Disneyland and of course New York, it’s no wonder Aussies love America, especially since they tend to love us back!


6. Thailand
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Thailand, similarly to Bali, is another popular destination for Aussie’s looking for a mix of beautiful scenery and things to do, with great value for money. Phuket is a hub for tourists, with its party centre of Patong offering a wide array of unique nightlife attractions such as lady-boy bars and ping pong shows. Further afield you’ll find Thailand has far more to offer including the popular Phi Phi Islands, breath-taking temples, the stunning scenery of Chiang Mai in the country’s north and the Floating Markets near Bangkok. There’s also plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with some elephants and even tigers, if you dare.

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7. The United Kingdom

It’s not uncommon to find someone from the U.K in Australia, and according to Booking.com, vice versa. The United Kingdom is constantly a popular destination for Aussies to travel to and provides the perfect landing pad via London to explore its neighbouring European countries. Steeped in history and architecture, London provides tourists with a multitude of attractions including sight-seeing at the London Eye, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey and the London Bridge. You can even go on a Harry Potter tour or find that famous blue door from Notting Hill, if that’s your thing.


8. Italy

The first European entry, Italy is a diverse country rich in tradition, history and architecture, not to mention the amazing pizza! With the stunning Amalfi Coast, Florence, Rome and Venice, and fashion capital Milan, it’s no wonder Italy has made the top ten tourist destinations for Australians.


9. Vietnam

Vietnam has everything to offer from beaches to bustling cities such as Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, and Ho Chi Minh City in the country’s south. Known for its French colonial landmarks, Ho Chi Minh City is also home to the Cu Chi tunnels which is a 121 km underground tunnel system in a larger network of connecting tunnels that were used by Vietnam soldiers during war combat as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters. Two of the safer tunnel sites are now open to tourists and are a major drawcard for visitors to the area.


10. France

Rounding out the top ten countries Australians visited in 2017 is France. Australia’s love affair with France is majorly with the city of love itself, Paris, the world’s most visited capital city. In the French capital, you’ll find world-renowned landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame Cathedral, landmarks that are on almost everyone’s to-do list. Coupled with popular food and dining options and its location within Europe enabling easy travel between countries, and France is sure to be on anyone’s hit-list for a European vacation.


Of course, there’s a multitude of other countries proving to be popular destinations for Aussie’s to travel to that are well worth the visit. According to Booking.com, the top countries to round out travel destinations 11 to 20 are Singapore, China, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines, Spain, India, Germany, Greece and Canada.

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