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    City breaks: Melbourne remains the number one city to visit in 2016.

    In 2016, we predict Melbourne will continue to be ‘Australia’s favourite capital city’, being voted as the number one capital city to visit next year, according to a lastminute.com.au survey of 2600+ Australians.

    Kate Norris, lastminute.com.au travel expert, says Melbourne is a consistent hot spot for Aussie domestic travellers and will continue to drive the crowds in 2016 given it offers something for everyone from the sport, to the art, comedy, inner city bars and coffee haunts.

    “For those looking for a domestic city escape with a difference, my hot tip is that Canberra is definitely a city to consider in 2016. Still ‘under the radar’ for mainstream holiday travel, travellers in the know have begun to appreciate the hidden hipster haunts and hip hotels.   

    “Canberra is starting to gain a reputation beyond being the political capital of Australia. It’s the perfect last minute, or long weekend escape, with plenty ‘out of ordinary’ hotels on offer, such as the Little National Hotel, Hotel Hotel Canberra and even the ‘out of Africa’ safari experience at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Not to mention it’s the home to instagramable foodie trends like the ‘freak milkshake’.

    Australia’s top voted capital cities to visit in 2016, according to a lastminute.com.au survey of 2600+ Australians:

    1.     Melbourne

    2.     Perth

    3.     Hobart

    4.     Darwin

    5.     Sydney

    6.     Brisbane

    7.     Adelaide

    8.     Canberra

    Aussie beach getaways: we’re headed for tropical local waters.

    Kate Norris, lastminute.com.au travel expert, says with the falling Aussie dollar, local beach holidays will be popular in 2016, in particular on the east coast of Australia, with the Whitsundays, taking the top spot according to lastminute.com.au research as Australia’s favourite domestic travel beach region.

    “Our research shows that the Australian East Coast is the clear winner when it comes to Australia’s favourite beach regions.

    “Port Douglas in the tropical north is also a great destination for beach lovers to consider in 2016, with the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas due to have an incredible new refurbishment completed by year”. 

    Australia’s top beach regions:

    1.     Whitsundays, QLD

    2.     North Coast, NSW

    3.     South Coast, NSW

    4.     Gold Coast, QLD

    5.     Sunshine Coast, QLD

    6.     Tropical North QLD

    7.     Sydney, NSW

    8.     Perth, WA

    9.     The Kimberley Coast, WA

    10.   Great Ocean Road Coastline VIC

    Food and wine trends:

    In 2016 Aussies will continue to have an appetite for food and wine related travel.  

    According to a lastminute.com.au survey of 2600+ Australians, over one in two (56%) believe the overall food and wine on offer in a destination influences their decision to travel there.

    The research shows that three quarters of Australians, believe Melbourne is the best capital city to unleash your inner foodie, with Sydney coming in second (15%), followed by Hobart (4%).

    “While Melbourne will continue to be popular, Sydney will be hot on it’s heels next year with the opening of Barangaroo dining precinct in 2016, which will have resturant offerings from the likes of Matt Moran. 

    “Another general trend which will no doubt continue is Aussies flocking to destinations to sample unique and bragable foodie or café culture trends, like the most ‘instagramable’ milkshakes or donuts. Cat cafes will also continue to be popular amongst Aussies, no doubt spurred on by the power of social media”.

    Visit www.lastminute.com.au to start planning your next escape.


    * Results according to lastminute.com.au’s 2015 ‘How do you live lastminute’ survey of 2600+ Australians.