After a spell of limited data coming from the Google Community Mobility data (due to them revising a few of the indexes) we now have data up to the end of Sept (data available here).
The combined indexes show a generally stabilising trend over recent weeks. Victoria has partially recovered from the August lows but remains well down on where it sat prior to the second lock-down, and substantially below the rest of the country. Queensland remains at, or close to, the top of the list of recoveries.
When we consider our ‘Economic Activity’ index (which excludes Parks and Residential data) we can see that Queensland’s solid performance is being led by regional areas such as Cairns, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast with Brisbane languishing well below the state’s average. Certainly first hand evidence of our own from Cairns and Mission Beach (our neck of the woods…see this recent article from The Cairns Post) and Emerald and the Central Highlands (where we travelled a few weeks ago), the latest TRA domestic tourism data (see here for details) and commentary from friends and colleagues throughout regional Queensland all indicate that the upsurge in domestic travel by Queenslanders in Queensland (and some interstate visitors who have extended their stays in the Sunshine State) is having a very positive impact on regional Queensland.