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  • From the coast to the countryside: Wotif reveals New South Wales’ most popular Easter destinations

    Sydney, 6 April, 2017: With the Easter long weekend around the corner, leading online travel site Wotif.com has revealed the ten most popular New South Wales holiday destinations, with the Central Coast claiming the number one spot in the state and nabbing the sixth position nationally.   

    According to Wotif.com the most in demand New South Wales Easter long weekend destinations, ex capital cities*, are:

    1.     Central Coast (#6 nationally)

    2.     Byron Bay (#7 nationally)

    3.     Wollongong (#8 nationally)

    4.     Hunter Valley (#9 nationally)

    5.     Newcastle

    6.     Blue Mountains

    7.     Port Macquarie

    8.     Coffs Harbour

    9.     Snowy Mountains

    10.  Merimbula

    The top 10 national list can be found in the notes to editor.

    It’s set to be a bumper weekend for local tourism in New South Wales over the Easter period, with four regions featuring in the top ten most in demand destinations nationally. Demand for local travel is set to continue into 2017, with recent research from Wotif showing almost three quarters (73%) of Aussies are opting to travel domestically in 2017**.

    The same research also found beach towns and National Parks feature highly on people’s travel wishlists. Byron Bay and the Blue Mountains National Park, for example, features on 40% and 42% of wishlists, respectively.

    Wotif.com Travel Specialist Kirsty La Bruniy says:“The Easter long weekend is one of the most popular times of the year for holiday makers to getaway for a quick break. It’s positive to see such strong demand in the Central Coast, with the region’s beaches, National Parks and family-favourite Reptile Park, plus its proximity to Sydney drawing in the crowds.

    “Further up the coastline, the annual Blues and Roots Festival is no doubt driving travellers to Byron Bay, while as the Autumn weather starts to cool, inland destinations such as the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Snowy Mountains are moving up in the ranks”.

    Wotif research shows shorter breaks outside of the major capital cities are set to be popular in 2017, with two thirds (63%) of people admitting they prefer to holiday in their own backyard as it has some of the best travel experiences in the world.

    For more information or to begin planning your Easter long weekend escape (it’s not too late!) head to wotif.com

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    Notes to editors:

    Australia’s Top 10 regional Easter destinations nationally, according to Wotif.com*

    1.     Gold Coast (QLD)

    2.     Sunshine Coast (QLD)

    3.     Great Ocean Road (VIC)

    4.     Cairns (QLD)

    5.     Whitsundays (QLD)

    6.     Central Coast (NSW)

    7.     Byron Bay (NSW)

    8.     Wollongong (NSW)

    9.     Hunter Valley (NSW)

    10.  Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

    *Based on accommodation search for the Easter long weekend: Travel dates April 14 to April 17, search dates: 27 March 2016 to 27 March 2017

    **Taken from research commissioned by Wotif and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 2,018 Australians aged 18+. Surveys were distributed throughout Australia including both capital city and regional areas. The survey was conducted online amongst members of a permission- based panel, between 26th October and 2nd November 2016. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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