Byron Bay named most expensive place to holiday
BYRON Bay is the most expensive holiday destination in Australia, according to a new survey by an online travel magazine.
TravelMag.com analysed 20 of the country's most popular tourist destinations based on their cost of lodging during December - typically the most expensive month.
It found Byron Bay visitors had to spend an average of $176 each night for the least expensive double rooms on offer.
Only hotels with ratings of three stars or higher within city centres, with positive client evaluations, were included in the survey.
Byron was $40 more expensive each night than the next most costly city, with visitors to Sydney forking out about $136.
Hobart rounded out the third slot on the ladder with an average of $131 a night for the least expensive double rooms this December.
North Queensland tourist mecca Cairns was named the cheapest destination in Australia, with an average accommodation rate of only $60 per night.
Melbourne and Perth also fell outside the top 10 most expensive list with prices of less than $100 a night.
10 MOST EXPENSIVE TOURIST DESTINATIONS
Byron Bay - $176 a night
Sydney - $136
Hobart - $131
Port Macquarie - $127
Canberra - $124
Noosaville - $120
Port Stephens - $113
Brisbane - $110
Surfers Paradise - $109
Adelaide - $103
SOURCE: TravelMag.com survey
BYRON TOURISM STATS 2013
Annual expenditure - $415 million
Employment - 2500 full-time jobs
Domestic overnight visitors - 44% from Queensland
International visitors - 30% from the UK
Total domestic overnight visitors - 526,000
Total international overnight visitors - 160,000
Total visitor nights last year - three million