Survey reveals Coast locals’ favourite holiday spots

Coast locals have revealed their favourite holiday destination is home in a survey by one of the state's most popular beer labels.

The Great Northern Great Outdoors National Survey found Coast locals had nominated their own backyard, the Sunshine Coast and Noosa region, as well as the Whitsundays and Far North Queensland as their top holiday spots.

Sixty-three per cent of Coast locals that took part in the survey committed to holiday locally even once international borders reopened.

Great Northern Brewing Co general manager Ian Giles said the survey results showed the difficulties of the pandemic throughout last year had inspired Australians to immerse themselves in their own country.

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"We know businesses, pubs and clubs across the Sunshine Coast and surrounding regions have done it tough so Great Northern Brewing Co has been working to drive tourists back to Australia's tourism hot spots since international borders closed," Mr Giles said.

He said the survey found about 45 per cent of Coast respondents spent up to $1000 on outdoor recreation equipment in the past year, with almost a third of it on camping and fishing gear.

Great Northern Brewing Co general manager Ian Giles.
Great Northern Brewing Co general manager Ian Giles.

The brewing company had launched a campaign to give away more than $26 million worth of BCF vouchers to get people back into the outdoors.

Forty-four per cent of locals who responded to the survey said they wanted to bush walk and hike more, with 18 per cent eager to take up more fishing in future.

Mercure Hotel Kawana Waters manager John Orning said operators had noticed an increase in short stays in the southeast corner, which generally indicated trips being made by people who lived close to the destination.

He said they'd noticed more short stays happening regularly, as opposed to holidaying in a longer block of time.

Mr Orning said the hinterland in particular had noticed an uplift in short stays on one or two nights and he expected a lot of southern Sunshine Coast locals were enjoying short stays in Noosa.

He said Saturdays had been "smack full" in the region since the border and internal travel restrictions had eased, and said the drive market of travellers looking to go within an hour of home had grown significantly.

The Sunshine Coast and Noosa ranked third in the top 10 destinations that came out of the survey, behind the Whitsundays, second and Cairns and Far North Queensland at number one.