Sydney Tourism Statistics

Page last updated: 30 March 2021

How much do tourists spend in Sydney?

Visitors spent over $9.5 billion during trips to Sydney in the year ending September 2020.
  • International visitors spent over $4.6 billion while domestic visitors contributed $4.9 billion.
  • Spending was down 51.7% when compared to the $19.7 billion spent in the corresponding 12 months ending in September 2019.

How many tourists visited Sydney in 2019?

A total of 16.1 million tourists visited Sydney from July 2018 to June 2019.1

  • This total included 4.1 million international tourists and 12 million domestic overnight visitors.

Sydney tourism through the years

  • Between 2009 and 2019, the number of domestic visitors to Sydney increased by over 37% and the number of international visitors by 60.6%.
  • The majority of this growth happened after 2015.
  • Total visitors to Sydney increased by 27% in just three years (2016-2019).
Data source: ABS. Image credit: Camper Champ, Sydney

Sydney - Australia’s number one tourist destination

  • In 2019, Sydney was the most visited destination in Australia for both international and domestic travellers with a total of 16.1 million visitors.
Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ, Sydney

Impact of Coronavirus Travel Ban on Chinese Visitors to Sydney

  • A travel ban implemented by the Australian government on the 1st of February 2020 for non-citizens travelling from or through China is expected to cause significant disruption during the peak travel period for Chinese visitors.
  • Sydney is the most prominent arrival gateway for Chinese tourists to Australia.
  • February has been the most popular month for arrivals from China in the last couple of years, with over 206,000 visitors in February 2019 and 227,000 in February 2019.
February is the peak period for Chinese visitors to Australia.
The coronavirus travel ban has impacted over 100,000 students.
The full impact on visitors to Australia in 2020 is not yet known.
Data source: TRA/ABS. Image credit: Camper Champ

How much money did Sydney make from tourism in 2019?

  • At $19.5 billion, Sydney ranked first in Australia for highest overall visitor spend in 2018/19.
  • International visitors spent the most at $10.2 billion.
  • Domestic visitors spent a total of $9.3 billion.
Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ

How much did international tourists spend per night?

  • International visitors spent an average of $123 per night on trips to Sydney.
  • This equates to an average trip spend of $2499 per visitor.
Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ

How long do international tourists stay in Sydney?

  • International tourists stay in Sydney for an average of 20 nights, the 3rd highest in all of Australia.
  • The longest average stay was Melbourne, with 22 nights.
Data source: TRA. Image credit: Camper Champ

Top tourist spots in Sydney - Visitor Statistics

How many people visit the Sydney Opera House each year?

  • More than 10.9 million people visit the Sydney Opera House each year.2

How many people visit Bondi Beach every year?

  • 2.9 million people visited Bondi Beach for the year ending March 2018.3
  • 1.8 million were international visitors.
  • 1.1 million were domestic visitors.

How many people visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge each year?

  • More than 10.9 million people visit each year the Sydney Opera House, nearby the Sydney Harbour Bridge. While specific numbers for the Sydney Harbour Bridge aren’t available, the bridge is consistently cited by tourists as one of the top reasons to visit Sydney.
  • More than 150,000 vehicles cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge each day.4

How many tourists visit New South Whales each year?

Over 33 million travellers visited NSW in the year ending June 2020

Sydney camping & campervan statistics

  • The number of camping trips throughout New South Wales has grown by 14.5% over the 10-year period from 2008 to 2018.5
  • In 2018 over 2.2 million overnight camping trips were made in New South Wales.
  • Camping trips – including caravan, campervan, commercial and non-commercial camping – made up 15% of visitor nights for domestic travellers to New South Wales in 2019 (year ending September)

Other resources


  1. TRA: International Visitor Survey, 2019, National Visitor Survey 2019
  2. Sydney Opera House: Facts About the Sydney Opera House
  3. Destination NSW: Research & Statistics
  4. Sydney: About Sydney Harbour Bridge
  5. TRA: International Visitor Survey, Trends 2019, National Visitor Survey, Trends 2019