Aussie’s are continuing their long-standing and loyal love affair with Bali, with the Indonesian island paradise ranking as the most popular international holiday destination for Australians.
Thailand has also had a resurgence in popularity with the west-coast beach town of Patong and the Thai capital, Bangkok, both landing up among the top 10 most popular international destinations for Aussie travellers.
Meanwhile Singapore held its position as the third most popular international destination for Australians, while Tokyo moved up two spots to fifth position followed by Hong Kong. Thanks in part to a weaker Aussie/US Dollar exchange rate, the resurging popularity of Asia has largely come at the cost of US destinations. New York and Honolulu were the only two US destinations to make it to the top 10, while even the bright lights of Las Vegas lost their shine, dropping seven places to 12th place this year.
Here’s our round-up…
Top 10 international destinations for Australian travellers:
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This magical paradise is home to some of the world best beaches, top-notch restaurants and cultural activities, so it’s easy to see why it’s Aussies’ number one international holiday destination. From relaxing by the pool in your own private villa, mountain bike riding through the tranquil hills of Ubud or visiting the endless bars and nightclubs in Seminyak, Bali has a little something for everyone.
The Big Apple is known as one of the biggest and greatest cities in the world. With endless attractions including Time Square, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central station, you’ll be visiting some of the world’s greatest landmarks all in one spot. Stroll along the High Line above Manhattan’s West Side, indulge in a spot of shopping down Madison Avenue, or treat yourself to a delicious slice of pizza at the infamous Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn.
Singapore may be one of the world’s best shopping and dining destinations, but don’t let that fool you. Take time to explore the Botanic Gardens alongside groups practising Tai Chi, catch a bird’s eye view from the Singapore Flyer or soak up the rich culture at Thian Hock Keng, one of the oldest and most important Hokkien temples in Singapore.
This vibrant city never disappoints, visit Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guards, take a ride on the London Eye or visit the world renowned TATE Modern. Shop to you drop in Harrods, catch a show in the theatre district, or visit the mummies at the British Museum. With something for everyone, London is a city not to be missed.
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