The unlikely Australian town of Alice Spring is dubbed the ‘new Bali’ for impatient travelers
Unlikely Australian town dubbed the ‘new Bali’ as travel restrictions prevent citizens from visiting popular Indonesian island
- Alice Springs in the Northern Territory named the ‘new Bali’ amid travel restrictions
- Australian travelers swap in usual places in Bali and Thailand for local vacations
- The Whitsundays and Proserpina remain the top two places for impatient travelers
An unlikely Australian city has been dubbed the ‘new Bali’ as travelers keen to move freely between states begin to flock to the outback oasis.
The small town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory has emerged as one of the most popular tourist spots after fan-favorite spots like Bali and Thailand were left out amid an international travel ban.
Travel company Skyscanner released a report on Wednesday and found Alice Springs now rivaling the pristine beaches of the Gold Coast, Cairns and the Whitsundays as winter approaches.
The small town of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory has become one of the most popular tourist spots amid the international travel ban
The Northern Territory has become a popular tourist spot for impatient travelers as winter approaches
Travel destinations of Proserpine and the Whitsundays in Queensland took the top two spots, but the unlikely suitor Alice Springs came in third.
The report says Australians are now swapping destinations like Phuket and Bali for local getaways like Alice Springs and even Darwin came in fourth.
Darwin has also been dubbed the ‘new Milan’ and Athens replacing European countries as the second most popular tourist spot for couples and groups.
The Whitsundays in Queensland (pictured) remained at the top of the most popular holiday destinations
Darwin (pictured) has also been dubbed the ‘new Milan’ and Athens replacing European countries as the second most popular tourist spot for couples and groups.
Queensland (pictured) remained the most popular state for travelers looking to move freely between states
Experts don’t count on international travel to be fully recovered for Australians until 2024.
The city of Cairns in far north Queensland has retained its top spot as the most popular travel destination for families, couples and groups.
The Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Darwin, Port Douglas, Whitsundays, Hobart, Broome, Townsville and Port Douglas followed closely behind.
In comparison, the international destinations of Fiji, Rome, Milan, Santorini and Las Vegas topped travelers’ wish lists in 2019.
Skyscanner surveyed more than 1,000 Australians over the course of 13 months to compile the results.
Most popular travel destinations in Australia:
The nine most popular search destinations for all Australian travelers
1. Proserpine (Whitsundays)
2. Hamilton Island
3. Alice Springs
9. Gold Coast
Best destinations for families:
2. Gold Coast
3. Hamilton Island
4. Sunshine Coast
5. Port Douglas
Best destinations for couples:
5. Hamilton Island
Top destinations for groups:
3. Gold Coast