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  • Queen’s Birthday the Most Affordable Long Weekend to Travel in NSW

    Not only is June one of the cheapest times to travel in Australia, new data from leading online travel site Wotif.com, reveals the June long weekend is the cheapest long weekend of the year to travel in New South Wales, with a predicted average accommodation rate of $197 per night*. In fact, according to Wotif, a June long weekend getaway is over 10% cheaper than an October long weekend getaway*.

    Wotif Travel Expert, Chris Milligan said:

    • “We know that the rising cost of living is one of the biggest factors (75%) influencing NSW holidaymakers** yet when planning our next getaway, many of us don’t consider how the time of year can impact our holiday spending.
    • “Despite the June long weekend being the cheapest long weekend to travel in NSW, we know that only 15% of NSW travellers plan to get away, however the good news is, it’s not too late to book in a local getaway***.
    • “The winter long weekend is the perfect time to get out and explore NSW. From long lunches in the Hunter Valley, to the start of the ski season in the Snowy Mountains, or a cosy weekend on the South Coast, there are plenty of short break destinations on offer. The start of winter is also a fantastic time for a Sydney staycation with affordable accommodation on offer and events taking place right across the city.
    • “It’s also a great time to lock in some much-needed rest and relaxation before the end of the year, as those who miss out on a June long weekend break will have to wait another four months until our next public holiday in October.”

    Average Long Weekend Accommodation Costs according to Wotif.com:*

    NSW Long Weekends

    NSW

    QLD

    VIC

    SA

    WA

    NT

    TAS

    ACT

    New Year’s Eve

    $229

    $248

    $222

    $186

    $199

    $155

    $222

    $169

    Australia Day

    $198

    $181

    $213

    $156

    $179

    $125

    $194

    $159

    Easter

    $204

    $200

    $192

    $171

    $188

    $140

    $188

    $202

    Queen’s Birthday

    $197

    $167

    $193

    $158

    $154

    $192

    $176

    $187

    Labour Day

    $226

    $207

    $195

    $170

    $175

    $159

    $178

    $215

    Christmas

    $219

    $254

    $225

    $175

    $205

    $154

    $219

    $160

     

    Best value NSW getaways with accommodation still available this June Long Weekend,

    according to Wotif.com:****

     

    1. Tamworth – predicted accommodation rate of $140 per night:

    While known for being the Country Music Capital of Australia, there so much more to explore in Tamworth with great family fun, outdoor escapades and plenty of nightlife year-round.  This June long weekend, watch the Melbourne City Ballet at the Tamworth Capitol Theatre, visit the town’s famous Golden Guitar or sit back and relax at one of the many local pubs.

    1. Parkes – predicated accommodation rate of $147 per night:

    Home to iconic local sites including the world-famous CSIRO Dish, Parkes Aviation Museum and the Henry Parkes Centre, the small town of Parkes has a big personality. This June long weekend the Parkes Picnic Races is a must visit, and it’s impossible to visit Parkes without seeing the ‘The Big Dish’ which the town is known for.

    1. Wagga Wagga – predicted accommodation rate of $148 per night

    The charming Riverina city with an unforgettable name. Surrounded by natural beauty and home to fascinating cultural heritage, Wagga Wagga is ideal for those NSW travellers looking for a relaxing long weekend, filled with local charm and history. Travellers can visit the Victory Memorial or Botanic Gardens or National Art Glass Gallery or head to one of the many local produce markets on over the long weekend including the Sprout & About Markets.

    1. Coffs Harbour – predicated accommodation rate of $152 per night

    A great destination for singles, couples and families, Coffs is the perfect coastal getaway this June long weekend thanks to the region’s stunning beaches, world-class rainforests and activities, including sailing, kayaking and fishing. Plus, Coffs is home to the beloved Big Banana which should be on ever NSW traveller’s bucket list.

    1. Port Macquarie – predicted accommodation rate of $157 per night

    Just four hours north of Sydney, the mid North Coast town of Port Macquarie is an easy, affordable and

    laid back long weekend getaway, with the winter weather making the town even more chilled out than

    usual. Beyond the usual town activities such as the strawberry picking, kayaking and horse riding, Port

    Macquarie also hosts the annual Hello Koala Festival over the long weekend. The family friendly event is

    filled with art workshops, a Hello Koala high-tea and a festival picnic filled with games organised by the

    National Park.

    1. Newcastle – predicted accommodation rate of $182 per night

    Newcastle is no longer known as a regional NSW port city. It’s evolved over the last few years to become a vibrant beach town filled with plenty of foodie hot-spots, wine bars and local boutiques. If you’re after some action and adventure, Quad biking at nearby Stockton Beach is a must, or hire a bike and explore the Newcastle waterfront and parkland areas, which are also home to great barbeque facilities, perfect for a picnic. 

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    For additional insights or interview requests: Please contact pr@wotif.com

    *Average room rates are based on the average daily rate for 3 – 5 star-rated and self-rated accommodation on Wotif.com between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 for travel over the respective 2017 long weekends for the described destinations. Prices shown are in Australian dollars, booked on the Australian site and are not necessarily the rates displayed on the site. Rates are subject to accommodation and date selections made.

     

    **The Leading Edge were engaged by Wotif to conduct research into understanding Australian travellers. The study was conducted across August to September 2017 and consisted of two components: Online Community of n=40 Australian travellers and Online Survey completed by a nationally representative sample of n=1,036 Australians travellers (who had all travelled and stayed in paid accommodation in the last 2 years on leisure holidays). The survey was conducted online amongst members of a permission- based panel, between 23rd and 29th August 2017. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Data was weighted to National Representative proportions to reflect the age, gender and residential location of Australian travellers.

     

    ***The research was commissioned by Wotif and conducted by Lonergan Research in accordance with the ISO 20252 standard. Lonergan Research surveyed 1,042 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 4th May and 7th May 2018. After interviewing, data was weighted to the latest population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

    ****Predicted average room rates are based on the average daily rate for 3 – 5 star-rated and self-rated accommodation on Wotif.com between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 for travel over 9 June 2017 to 12 June 2017. Prices shown are in Australian dollars and are not necessarily the rates displayed on the site. Rates are subject to accommodation and date selections made.

     

    About Wotif.com

    Wotif is a leading online travel site dedicated to Australian travellers. Established in Australia in 2000, one in two Aussies have travelled with Wotif since it launched. Now Wotif offers travellers access to accommodation, flights, packages, activities and car hire both locally and overseas, with verified accommodation reviews from almost two million Australian and New Zealand travellers.   

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