Number of international visitors to Australia 2007-2019

Over the last few years, there has been a continued upward trend in the number of international visitors arriving in Australia. In 2018, there were around 8.6 million international visitors to the country.

International tourists’ reasons for visiting Australia

During 2017, recreational visits were the most popular reason to go to Australia among international travelers. Around four million visited for a holiday, and approximately two million visited to see friends or relatives who live in the country. Elsewhere, there were about 879 thousand business visitors and around half a million who came for education reasons.

How long did tourists spend in Australia, and where did they spend the most time?

By number of visitor nights, Western Australia attracted the longest trips with visitors spending on average 27 nights in the territory. Victoria was the next most popular state, with 23 visitor nights spent on average by travelers. This can potentially be attributed to a higher concentration of visitor attractions there.

In 2018, the average trip expenditure for international visitors increased significantly to over five thousand Australian dollars per trip. In total, travelers who visited Australia for holidays spent around 16.5 million AUD in 2018. Those who visited for education spent about 12.6 million Australian dollars in the same year.

Number of international visitor arrivals to Australia from 2007 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2007 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Note: Numbers have been rounded.

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