Australian nationals are increasingly opting to take breaks in their own country.

Australia’s status as a holiday destination has been given a ringing endorsement by its own people.

According to Tourism Australia, a growing proportion of the country’s population are opting to take breaks at home, Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph reports.

“Domestic travel grew ten per cent in the past quarter to the end of June,” observed spokesman Simon Westaway.

As a result, people in the UK might be encouraged to consider booking flights to Sydney and other parts of the country to see firsthand what Australians find so appealing.

More than half of the Australians polled by Tourism Australia named their own country as their favourite place in which to take a holiday.

Sydney was identified as a particular popular location, along with Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

Commenting on the findings, Australia’s Daily Telegraph said this shows there is a great deal to see and do “in our backyard”.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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