Rail travel helps track Australia tourism growth

Australia Day is celebrated every year
Australia Day is celebrated every year

Rail travel and escorted holidays are some of the growing holiday types to Australia for British tourists, according to specialist Austravel.

The operator has seen train travel bookings more than double (113%) this year particularly on the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Perth with a 133% increase. The Ghan travelling from Adelaide to Darwin has also seen a 100% boost.

Karen Joyce, general manager at Austravel said motorhome holidays have also seen some traction but it is escorted touring holidays that have also seen strong growth with a 31% increase in sales.

While the operator’s ‘Sydney, Rock and Reef’ package is its most popular, sales to Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Melbourne are up 47%, 41% and 40% respectively.

“It’s great to see customers visiting alternative destinations in Australia. Many travellers are also choosing to head off the beaten track; The Northern Territory and Western Australia are seeing good increases in room nights going into 2015,” said Joyce.

The average length of stay in the country continues to be 31 days and Brits are also getting more for their money as the exchange rate against the pound has improved from £1.50 to the Australian Dollar two years ago to £1.85 now.

P&O Australia’s three ships will be in Sydney to mark the national day today.

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