Easter greetings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics


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Packing the kids into the car and heading to the coast to soak up the last rays of sunshine before winter for a family mini-break at Easter is an Australian tradition. But Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows more of us are now heading overseas for maxi-adventures especially when serendipitous timing offers the option to link public holidays for an extended break.
And we have expanded our horizons. While we typically used to cross the Tasman to experience what our Kiwi cousins had to offer, we're more likely now to take the kids further afield to far away destinations such as Indonesia, Fiji, USA and Thailand.
Our data shows:
  • At this time of year Australian children today are more likely to travel overseas than previous generations. The number of school aged children (5 to17) returning from overseas trips with their families between March and May increased more than ten times between 1978 and 2018 (18,280 and 199,650 respectively).
  • Travel destinations have changed too. In 1978, the most popular overseas destinations were New Zealand, United Kingdom, Fiji and the USA.
  • By 2018, New Zealand had slipped to second place behind Indonesia as the most popular destination but was still ahead of the USA and Thailand.
  • By state and territory in 2018, New South Wales being the most populous state had the largest number of children travelling home from an overseas location in the March to May period (69,650 children), followed by Victoria (50,060), Queensland (36,930), Western Australia (26,280), South Australia (9,560), the Australian Capital Territory (3,540), Tasmania (1,890) and the Northern Territory (1640).
  • Overall, the average annual spend by Australian households on international holidays is $2,371 according to data from the ABS' Household Expenditure Survey.

Some of us though don't venture so far, opting for a road trip or visiting local attractions in our own neighbourhoods.

  • On average, each year Australian households spend $454 on domestic holiday airfares, $94 on holiday petrol, $81 on holiday homes, and $81 on caravan parks or the hire of a caravan.
  • Holidaying closer to home, we like to take the kids to the movies and make the most of cultural venues or events. In 2017-18 2.9 million Australian children (5-14) attended at least one cultural event or venue outside school hours.
  • Cinemas and drive-ins were most popular, with 87.7 per cent of children going at least once.
  • Libraries and archives (53.1 per cent) were the second most popular, followed by museums (45.2 per cent). Musicals and operas had the lowest attendance rate for children, at 14.7 per cent.

ABS data also shows that autumn is one of the most popular seasons to say "I do".

  • In 2017, there were more than 31,629 autumn marriages, second only to spring with more than 36,082 and well ahead of winter at 19,197.
  • In April alone, there were 11,766 marriages.
  • Continuing the life cycle, over the 10 years from 2007-16 April was the second most common month for births in Australia and 19 April, the date for Good Friday in 2019, ranked 253 out of 366 days while 21 April, when Easter Sunday falls this year, was placed 192nd.
  • The most common date in April to be born over that period was 8 April which came second overall behind 17 September.
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1300 135 070
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