Sydney Tourism Statistics

Tourism regions of New South Wales

Blue Mountains Capital Country Central Coast Central NSW Murray New England North West North Coast Outback NSW Riverina Snowy Mountains South Coast Sydney and Surrounds The Hunter

NSW Region Map

Sydney and Surrounds

Bordering towns

  • Campbelltown
  • Palm Beach
  • Penrith
  • Picton
  • Richmond
  • Sutherland
  • Wisemans Ferry
3 April 2014

Notes on the National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS) data

Tourism Research Australia (TRA) updated survey methodology of the NVS with the introduction of mobile phone interviewing from January 2014. This change represents a break in time series. 

In late 2015, TRA identified and implemented an improved phone number data set that better represented the mobile phone user population. However, this impacted NVS results for the smaller population areas and the business travel sector. TRA has revised the estimates for 2014 and 2015 NVS data to ensure the continuation of the time series. Care should be taken when comparing NVS results with those prior to January 2014.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) rebuilt its OAD data system to improve data quality. To preserve the time series, the ABS revised OAD data back from July 2004 onwards. This change impacted the IVS time series results as visitor estimates are benchmarked on the OAD data. To preserve the time series, Tourism Research Australia adjusted the IVS data from January 2005 to reflect the revised OAD time series. 

TRA recently advised that there are issues with the passenger arrival cards used in the modelling of IVS data. Hence, all IVS and combined IVS and NVS results from the year ended March 2018 are preliminary.

Latest Sydney Tourism Statistics

Travel to Sydney Snapshot September 2018 (PDF 239 kb)
Provides detailed domestic and international tourism data

Travel to Sydney Time Series September 2018 (PDF 479 kb)
Provides domestic and international tourism trend data (key measures only) from 2008 - 2017

Purpose of Visit Snapshots

Travel to Sydney to Visit Friends and Relatives Snapshot December 2016 (PDF 244 kb)
Holiday Travel to Sydney Snapshot December 2016 (PDF 247 kb)
Business Travel to Sydney Snapshot December 2016 (PDF 244 kb)



Travel to Sydney Snapshot June 2018 (PDF 236 kb)
Travel to Sydney Snapshot March 2018 (PDF 240 kb)
Travel to Sydney Snapshot December 2017 (PDF 240 kb)

Time Series

Travel to Sydney Time Series June 2018 (PDF 386 kb)
Travel to Sydney Time Series December 2017 (PDF 503 kb)
Travel to Sydney Time Series September 2017 (PDF 487 kb)

Sydney Precinct Visitor Profile

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