TRAVEL: Hervey Bay on an upward trend

HERVEY BAY has become one of the most popular searched for Aussie destinations since COVID-19 put the brakes on international travel.

Clean beaches, awesome infrastructure, it’s no wonder Hervey Bay is on the upward trend as an Aussie tourism destination. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

It’s difficult to think that this Saturday will be one year since Australia closed its borders to international visitors and overseas travel.

The past 12 months have been a tumultuous time for the travel industry to say the least, but it has also prompted people to explore their own backyard and look for domestic travel options when state borders re-opened.

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International online travel booking website Booking.com listed Hervey Bay in its top ten trending domestic destinations for February 2021.

To make the trending list, Hervey Bay had to feature in the top 100 searched for destinations in Australia in February 2021 and had to have moved up at least 10 places in comparison to the same period the year before.

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The whale watching capital of the world featured third on the list – behind Hamilton Island (1) and Pokolbin (2) in New South Wales.

The top ten trending domestic tourism destinations in February 2021 according to Booking.com is reflected below:

  1. Hamilton Island
  2. Pokolbin 
  3. Hervey Bay
  4. Forster
  5. Bright
  6. Maroochydore
  7. Yamba
  8. Terrigal
  9. Mudgee
  10. Huskisson 

The top 20 most searched destinations for February 2021:

  1. Gold Coast
  2. Sydney
  3. Melbourne
  4. Brisbane
  5. Perth
  6. Adelaide
  7. Canberra
  8. Byron Bay
  9. Noosa Heads
  10. Cairns
  11. Hobart
  12. Port Douglas
  13. Airlie Beach
  14. Port Macquarie
  15. Coffs Harbour
  16. Newcastle
  17. Hamilton Island
  18. Darwin
  19. Nelson Bay
  20. Mooloolaba

The list looked looks very different when compared to the top twenty most searched destinations in February 2020, which included international destinations:

  1. Sydney
  2. Melbourne
  3. Gold Coast
  4. Brisbane
  5. Perth
  6. Adelaide
  7. Seminyak
  8. Canberra
  9. Hobart
  10. Cairns
  11. Singapore
  12. Byron Bay
  13. London
  14. Legian
  15. Tokyo
  16. Ubud
  17. Kuta
  18. Noosa Heads
  19. Queenstown
  20. New York

Booking.com said international options that obviously fell off the list were replaced by classic Australian destinations.

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Meanwhile, Booking.com listed Hervey Bay as the third most welcoming destination in Australia earlier this year.

Torquay Beach was included in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s top ten beaches for the year, while Wotif named Hervey Bay as the seventh most popular Aussie tourist town for 2021.

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