Cultural tourism in Australia

Visiting museums and galleries is the most popular cultural activity for overnight and day trippers within Australia

During 2009, Australians took 9.5 million day trips and 9.3 overnight trips involving participation in cultural and heritage activities in Australia.

Overnight cultural and heritage visitors accounted for 14 percent of all overnight trips, and spent a collective 50 million nights at least 40 kilometres from home.

Visiting museums or art galleries was the most popular cultural activity for both domestic overnight visitors (43 percent visiting) and day trippers (36 percent visiting). By way of comparison, visits to historical/heritage buildings, sites or monuments attracted 29 percent of overnight visitors and 25 percent of day visitors.

As with international visitors, domestic cultural tourists spend significantly more on their trips than other tourists, creating higher economic impacts. The average amount spent per trip was $1,030 compared with those not participating in cultural and heritage activities, who spent on average $578 per trip.

Domestic travellers represent 87 percent of all cultural tourists, with over 18.8 million visitors in 2009. Across both international and domestic markets, the number of cultural visitors has grown at a rate of 2 percent per year since 2000.