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Photo – Travel trends mean it isn’t “escape to the country” permanently.
  • Survey says one in five people want both city and nature when travelling
  • Australian Government announces half price flights to help local tourism
  • Destinations limited to regional areas across Australia

As lockdowns hit, commentators had a field day about, well, just that – fields.

Escaping to the country seemed like the property trend that would stick, gone would be apartments, medium-density, indeed any semblance of city living.

That hasn’t been the case at all in Australia, with new apartments lining the riverside in Brisbane’s West End, Eagle Street Pier, and Hamilton, apartments also going up in Melbourne, and across the country.

In conversations with various academics, The Property Tribune found more efficient urban planning models encouraging living around public transport hubs, medium to high density, among other trends would not waver too much in the face of a pandemic.

Rather than a shift in living, it’s a shift in lifestyle says one survey by Time Out.

In a global travel survey, the company found travellers wanted a “fusion of city and nature” when holidaying.

The poll of more than 21,000 people found that almost the same number of travellers wanted city holidays as they did the sights and sounds of mother nature, 41% to 42% respectively.

With one fifth of respondents demanding both city and nature escapes, the figures look promising for today’s Federal Government announcement.

It was announced this morning there would be “half-price flights” to help Aussies holiday at home, harbouring hospitality than hostility to homesteads and hiking.

As part of a $1.2B package to aid the tourism and aviation industry, the move will see airfares between April and July halved, the caveat being only a limited number of destinations are available.

The list of destinations features four different Queensland locations, the Lasseter region in the Northern Territories, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Avalon, Merimbula, Kangaroo Island, and the sole Western Australian location, Broome.

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