Australians travelling the road less travelled

French Polynesian Hut

French Polynesia (including Tahiti) had the 3rd biggest increase of Australian travellers with 26 per cent. Source:

A record of 8.2 million international trips made last year going up 5% from 2011 the Australian bureau of statistics reports.

The most visited places are New Zealand, Indonesia (Bali) and the United States, with the biggest growth in trips to Japan, Nepal and French Polynesia (Tahiti).

These are signs that the once conservative domestic travellers are now more confident and experienced globetrotters willing to visit lesser-known places.

”They are looking for adventure and a different experience so that’s why you’re seeing places like the Cook Islands, Nepal and Mexico becoming more popular.” says Flight Centre’s Colin Bowman.


Saurine, A. & Cornish, L. 2013. Aussie travellers seeking new directions. The Australian. Accessed on 2nd February 2013 from