Laura Keys — 11 December 2015

Typical Aussie ‘bucket list’ destinations such as Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef appear to have fallen out of favour with domestic travellers, according to a new report by the Expedia group, with Aussies more likely put capital cities at the top of their list.

Expedia’s State of the Nation report, released in early December, found that surveyed locals thought Sydney and Melbourne were the most desirable places to visit, followed by Hobart, the Gold Coast and Perth rounding out the top five.

The Great Barrier Reef came in at number six, followed by Darwin, central Australia (including Uluru) and Cradle Mountain. Broome, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Cairns and Brisbane all tied in 10th position.

The online study surveyed 5450 Australians aged 18 and older from both capital city and non-capital city areas.

The survey also found that almost every Australian respondent (97 per cent) has a bucket list – whether physically written on a piece of paper, saved in their phone, or etched firmly in the memory – listing places they want to visit in the next five years.


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