Gold Coast visitor numbers down despite interstate surge

The Gold Coast has seen a drop in the number of overnight domestic visitors, despite a surge in people coming from Sydney and Melbourne.

Figures from the National Visitor Survey show 3.4 million people enjoyed an overnight stay on the Gold Coast in the 12 months to March 31.

The figure is down 2.1 per cent on the previous year with a drop in overnight visitors from Brisbane being blamed.


The number of people from Brisbane staying on the Gold Coast fell 14.2 per cent with tourism bosses pointing the finger at the M1 and the Commonwealth Games for keeping people away.

Destination Gold Coast CEO Martin Winter says it shows how critical the drive market is to the Gold Coast.

“There has been so much publicity about the M1 in the first few months of this year that it is likely to have been a deterrent to short-stay market from Brisbane,” Mr Winter said.

In contrast, the number of people staying overnight from Sydney has jumped 26 per cent, while visitors from Melbourne are up 24 per cent.

Figure show people coming to the Gold Coast spent $2.9 billion which is down slightly.

The number of day-trippers to the Gold Coast is up 2.6 per cent but the amount of money they spent on their visits was down 8.4 per cent.