Your perfect day … taking a hike or hitting the campchair?

Published: April 21, 2015
Grey nomads drinkig tea and going for a beach walks

Grey nomads are famed for being among the most prolific visitors to Australia’s national parks … and it seems they are among the most active, too.

The latest findings from the Roy Morgan Holiday Tracking Survey reveal that people who head into national parks are far more likely than other travellers to part in outdoor activities such as bushwalking, swimming, fishing, and bike riding.

While some 36% of holidaymakers as a whole say they like to just chill out and ‘do as little as possible’ on holiday, only 26% of national-park trippers felt the same way. And a whopping 64% of people who regularly visit national parks said they preferred to be ‘always very active’ on their trips.

Nearly one in five (18%) Aussies who took a holiday in the past year visited a national park or forest. That’s a higher proportion than those who went to museums (15%) or art galleries (11%).

“What we do on holiday can reveal a lot about us … our attitudes, demographics, habits and preferences,” said Michael Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research. “Interestingly, the energetic spirit that national park trippers bring to their holidays is also evident in their day-to-day lives, and they’re consistently more likely than other Aussie holiday-goers to go to the beach, take day trips, visit historical houses or buildings, and go to zoos/wildlife parks in an average three months.”

In the 12 months to February 2015, 2,239,000 Australians visited a national park/forest on their last holiday. Some 86% of them agree with the statement: “I prefer to holiday where I can see nature or be in a natural setting”, a considerably higher proportion than the national average (76%).

Similarly, 81% say they ‘like to take my holidays away from crowds’, which is also higher than the national average of 74%.

• Do you agree that national park campers are automatically action-packed travellers? Or, are you the exception to the rule … a national park visitor who loves nothing better than to spend the day sprawled out in the campchair? Comment below.

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