Tourism soars in coastal towns

Tourists flocked to coastal and regional towns last year as tourism spending on the whole topped $113 billion across Australia. 

According to the latest International Visitor and National Visitor Survey results, more and more international tourists were also heading outside of the capital cities. 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said domestic tourism spending was on the rise both in Australia as a whole and in regional areas too. 

“Regional destinations also continue to be popular for Aussies with domestic spending in regional Australia increasing 10 per cent to $36.2 billion during the year,” he said. 

“More and more Australians are turning to nature for their holidays.

“More Aussies holidaying in our own backyard teamed with this record spending is a great boost for Australian businesses and helps contribute to a stronger economy,” Minister Birmingham said.

Tourists in Port Lincoln from around the country also said they liked coming to regional areas for a holiday.

Originally from Brazil, Thayna McAllister, 23, said she found out about Port Lincoln through Instagram. 

“We chose (here) because we were looking for a not-so-busy place,” she said.

“We wanted to come to a place that was more relaxed and quiet,” she said.

Justin Macdonald is from Western Australia and is travelling around Australia.

Port Lincoln was the first stop for him and his family. 

“I’m a commercial fisher and so wanted to see the history of the town here,” he said. 

Kara Sultana brought the whole family along for a holiday to the state she was originally from.

“We try to pick a state each year and visit,” she said.

“We chose Port Lincoln because it was a central point to go and visit other places close by, like a half an hour’s drive away,” she said.