Aussies making the beaches and bays a priority for upcoming Australia Day long weekend

Beach houses favoured over country cottages this summer as Australians look to spend the extra day off by the water

SYDNEY, 22 January, 2018: Stayz, Australia’s most popular holiday rental website, has released the list of the 10 destinations that have currently received the highest number of bookings for the upcoming long weekend. As the most popular locations across the country were coastal towns, it’s evident that Aussies consider the best way to spend a short summer break is by the beach. 

Relaxing by the ocean at the heart of summer long weekends

Plenty of Aussies are looking forward to spending the upcoming Australia Day long weekend keeping cool by the water. Cowes in southern Victoria received the highest number of holiday home bookings through Stayz and the popular Phillip Island township was also the location that took out the top spot for the most bookings received over the Christmas break. 

“Renting a shack by the beach has been a proud Australia Day tradition for many years. Aussies still love a beach holiday and they know there is no better way to spend the day with friends and family,” said Simone McDermid, PR and Communications Manager at Stayz. “The beach is part of Australia’s DNA and we see no sign of that changing anytime soon, with places like Phillip Island, Nelson Bay and Byron Bay being the most popular destinations this Australia Day long weekend,” McDermid added.

The one exception that is bucking the coastal trend on the list of most-booked destinations is the picturesque alpine town of Bright in Victoria’s wine and high country. “We have also seen that Aussies are starting to look at non-beach destinations for the Australia Day long weekend, in particular city and regional breaks,” McDermid said.

Top 10 Destinations Booked Through Stayz for the Australia Day Long Weekend:*

Ranking Area Region State
1 Cowes Phillip Island and Gippsland VIC
2 Nelson Bay Port Stephens NSW
3 Byron Bay Northern Rivers and Byron Bay NSW
4 Lorne Great Ocean Road VIC
5 Bright Wine and High Country VIC
6 Apollo Bay Great Ocean Road VIC
7 Yamba Northern Rivers and Byron Bay NSW
8 Surfers Paradise Gold Coast QLD
9 Port Fairy Great Ocean Road VIC
10 Sorrento Bays and Peninsulas VIC

An iconic coastal stretch proves the most desirable

Three locations along Victoria’s historic Great Ocean Road featured in the list of top destinations for the Australia Day long weekend and with 243 kilometres of stunning and varied coastline to discover, it’s easy to see why the region would be so popular. It is not too late for Australians to book their own last-minute long weekend getaway to towns along the Great Ocean Road, with many fantastic properties still available to book on the Stayz platform.

Five Stunning Great Ocean Road Stayz Properties Still Available for the Long Weekend:**

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Media Contact:

Simone McDermid, PR and Communications Manager, Bookabach Ph: +61 499 799136

About Stayz

Australia’s number one online holiday rental website, Stayz, allows travellers to search and compare a huge variety of amazing holiday homes to ensure a unique and memorable accommodation experience wherever they break in Australia. With more than 40,000 holiday rentals in over 2,000 unique locations across Australia, Stayz offers whole homes ranging from the highly aspirational and unique to the everyday getaway, suiting every budget and family size. Stayz is part of online holiday rental global leaders HomeAway Inc. © 2018 Stayz Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. Stayz and the Stayz logo are trademarks of Stayz Pty Ltd.

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** Available to book as of January 18, 2018

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