Third of South Australians keen to support local communities when travelling this summer

THUMBS UP: Loving South East attractions is Charlie Haynes, 4, Archie Bennett, 5 and Logan Bennett, 7. Photo: Taylor Harvey
THUMBS UP: Loving South East attractions is Charlie Haynes, 4, Archie Bennett, 5 and Logan Bennett, 7. Photo: Taylor Harvey

Eight out of 10 Australians have been found to set out on adventures and experiences closer to home to overcome the pressures and stress caused during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The data from a YouGov survey, commissioned by Toyota Australia, has found that 79 per cent of people have chosen activities such as rock climbing, off-road exploring and wilderness camping locally.

Further found was 52 per cent of Australians planning to travel since the easing of restrictions, with 85 per cent of couples, without children, and 81 per cent of families also choosing thrilling adventure travel for their getaways.

Fortunately with coronavirus restrictions easing earlier in regional SA, compared with some neighbouring states, an influx of visitors has already been recorded locally.

Extra visitor arrivals have been witnessed by Big 4's Lucy Fogerty at Naracoorte, in the state's South East, who said that the caravan park had been extremely busy over the past month.

She further predicts it will only get busier going forward and adding how she was able to notice various differences in the amount of time people were staying at the park in comparison to previous holidays.

"They were longer stays - usually they stay overnight on the way to somewhere else like the Great Ocean Road, but obviously no one could do that because they cannot come over the border," Ms Fogerty explained.

"Instead of having overnights, we had three or four night stays - people really checked out the area," she shared.

Passport to Adventure to launch

Meanwhile, in response to the huge growth in domestic travel, Toyota Australia has partnered with state and regional tourism bodies including South Australia to create the ultimate 'Passport to Adventure'.

The guide, soon to be fully released, is available for intrepid Australians looking to experience newfound pursuits with two experiences also found with SA.

Toyota Australia chief marketing officer John Pappas said it's great to see the nation embarking on adventure travel and road trips and exploring more of what their own state has to offer.

"As this demand grows for the ultimate adventure weekend away, the Passport to Adventure guide provides Aussies with new locations and experiences to explore, whether that is with the family, friends or a loved one," Mr Pappas said.

Details of the new passport will be available on Thursday, November 5.

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