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Booking.com reveals Australia’s most sought-after hotspots for domestic travellers

New data from Booking.com has revealed which domestic destination Aussie travellers are planning to visit on their next trip, and which destinations most need their help.

Data pulled from the online travel giant found the Gold Coast to be the most searched destination in June, followed by Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra.

In terms of non-metro destinations, Byron Bay topped the list, followed by Jindabyne, Newcastle, Airlie Beach, and Noosa Heads.

The data also revealed that some of the hardest-hit towns are among some of the top 100 destinations searched on the platform.

NSW locations such as Batemans Bay, Kiama, Merimbula, Mollymook, Katoomba, Kangaroo Valley,  Forster, Port Macquarie, Nelson Bay, and Coffs Harbour have all been in the top trending destinations. Cities close to affected areas include Canberra and Adelaide, both of which were in the top 10 most searched.

If your clients are looking to support tourism in these local communities, Booking.com has also pulled together a round-up of the key places to stay ahead of the school holidays:

Lincoln Downs Resort, Batemans Bay

Set alongside a private lake and manicured gardens, Lincoln Downs Resort Batemans Bay features Briars restaurant, a fitness centre, a tennis court and a swimming pool.

The spot is just 800 meters from Batemans Bay town centre, perfect if you’re looking to support the areas local business. 

Coast Resort, Merimbula

Situated on two hectares of land, stretching from Merimbula Lake to Merimbula Beach, Coast Resort Merimbula offers a selection of apartments, townhouses and penthouses.

Coast Apartments are located a 15-minute walk from the heart of Merimbula. 

Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook

A five-minute walk from Mollymook Beach, Bannisters features a solar-heated swimming pool, a day spa and a restaurant with cuisine by award-winning seafood chef Rick Stein.

Falls Mountain Retreat, Blue Mountains

Falls Mountain Retreat offers self-catered and self-contained studios and apartments in the heart of the Blue Mountains.

Hidden away within four acres of peaceful gardens, the accommodation is just 200m from walking trails, waterfalls and breathtaking views.

One of a Kind Apartments, Canberra

Just a five-minute drive from Canberra city centre, One of a Kind Apartments offers self-contained accommodation with a balcony or courtyard.

They are an eight-minute drive from the Parliament House and a 15-minute drive from Royal Canberra Golf Club.

The Retreat at Stirling, Adelaide Hills

The Stirling area is known for its local wine and produce and is perfect for a relaxing getaway.

The Retreat at Stirling boasts a barbecue and views of the garden and is only a 10-minute drive from the Mount Lofty Summit lookout.

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