MORE Australians than ever before are choosing to holiday in a caravan or go camping, new data shows.
The new figures from Tourism Research Australia show national overnight camping and caravan trips reached 12.3 million for the year ending June 2018.
It’s the first time ever that overnight trips have exceeded 12 million in a 12 month period.
Total nights spent caravanning and camping around the country also increased by 6.5 percent to reach a record 52.8 million nights for the year ending June 2018.
The new data also revealed over 6.3 million Australians who chose to go caravaning or camping in the last 12 months also spent money in local restaurants or cafes, boosting the economy.
A further 4.2 million stopped at the beach, while 4.1 million went sightseeing in the local area.
The figures also highlighted the increasing interest in caravanning and camping among the younger generations, with more and more people aged in their 20s ditching hotels for tents.
The number of caravan and camping trips taken by people aged 20-29 in the 12 months to June this year increased by 22 percent to surpass 2.2 million.