Queensland Tourism Statistics

Page last updated: 10 October 2020

Over 22.3 million travellers visited Queensland in the year ending June 2020 1
  • This total was made up of 20.4 million domestic visitors and 1.9 million international visitors
  • Total visitors saw an 11.8% decrease when compared to the 25.3 million of the 2018/19 year
    • The decrease is largely attributed to the impact of the coronavirus travel restrictions

Impact of the Coronavirus on Queensland Tourism Expenditure

International

International visitors spent an estimated total of $4.5 billion during trips to QLD in the year ending June 2020
  • International spending in Queensland was down 24% when compared with the $5.9 billion of the previous year

Domestic

Domestic visitors spent an estimated total of $15.2 billion during trips to Queensland in 2019/20
  • Domestic spending was down 18.8% when compared with the $18.8 billion of the previous year

Total

Combined, visitors spent a total of $19.7 billion during trips to QLD in the year ending June 2020
  • Total spending was down 20.2% when compared with the $24.7 billion of the previous year
Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ

How many tourists visited Queensland in 2019?

Over 28 million tourists and other visitors arrived in Queensland between July 2018 and June 2019.1

  • This total includes 2.8 million international visitors and 25.3 million domestic overnight visitors.

How much do tourists spend in Queensland?

  • Three Queensland locations have the highest average expenditure per night by international tourists in Australia. These include: Cairns, Tropical North Queensland and the Gold Coast
Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ

How many tourists visit Brisbane each year?

Data source: ABS. Image credit: Camper Champ, Brisbane

How many tourists visit the Gold Coast each year?

Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ, Gold Coast

Great Barrier Reef Tourism Statistics

How many tourists visit the Great Barrier Reef each year?

  • Over 2 million tourists visit the Great Barrier Reef each year.2
  • The majority of Great Barrier Reef tourism is concentrated in Cairns and the Whitsundays

How many tourists visit Cairns each year?

How many tourists visit the Whitsundays each year?

  • Over 757,000 visitors travelled to the Whitsundays in 2018.3

How much do visitors spend at the Whitsundays?

  • Visitors spent over $789 million during trips to the Whitsundays in 2018.

How long do visitors stay at the Whitsundays?

  • Visitors stayed for an average of 5 nights during trips to the Whitsundays in 2018.
  • Over 3.7 million visitor nights were spent at the Whitsundays in 2018.

How many tourists visit Magnetic Island each year?

  • Over 290,000 people visited Magnetic Island in 2018.4

How much do tourists spend at magnetic Island?

  • Visitors spent over $170 million during visits to Magnetic Island in 2018.

References

  1. TRA: International Visitor Survey, 2019, National Visitor Survey 2019
  2. Great Barrier Reef: Facts About the Great Barrier Reef
  3. TRA: Local Government Area Profiles, Whitsunday, 2019
  4. AEC Magnetic Island Economic Analysis, 2019