Holiday Rental Wrap-Up: Unveiling Gold Coast Trends & Insights

The shimmering coast, sprawling beaches, and sunny skies – Gold Coast holiday rentals have always embodied the quintessential holiday getaway. With the sun setting on the first half of the year, it's crucial for holiday homeowners, holiday rental hosts, and property managers to understand how the market has shifted – especially in light of increasing supply. 

From occupancy rates to average daily rates, we're breaking down the numbers in our comprehensive blog post.

Gold Coast Market Trends

Has lowering average daily rates (ADRs) benefitted hosts and property managers on the Gold Coast? It's time to decode the data and unveil the intricacies of supply and demand.

Occupancy Rates

The occupancy levels saw a minor decline compared to the previous year.

  • Dec. 2022-May 2023: 57%
  • Dec. 2023-May 2024: 55%

While the decrease is only 2%, it indicates room for growth and strategic adjustments moving forward.

Average Daily Rate (ADR)

Our analysis revealed that hosts and managers decreased ADRs year-over-year. The high competition and growing supply on the Gold Coast likely played a role into the decreasing ADRs.

  • Dec. 2022-May 2023: $453
  • Dec. 2023-May 2024: $420

Revenue Per Available Night (RevPAN)

When it comes to profitability, RevPAN casts a spotlight on the effectiveness of pricing strategies:

  • Dec. 2022-May 2023: $192
  • Dec. 2023-May 2024: $140

This notable decrease should prompt hosts and managers to reassess their use of Airbnb pricing tools or holiday home software to optimise pricing strategies.

Impact of Growing Supply

The growing supply of holiday rentals on the Gold Coast has added competitive pressure, compelling hosts to lower ADRs in an effort to maintain or boost occupancy rates. This increase in available properties likely diluted demand across a larger number of listings, contributing to the notable decline in RevPAN. 

Consequently, hosts and property managers must adapt to the heightened competition by refining their pricing strategies and leveraging advanced tools to remain profitable.

Guest Insights

Understanding guest behaviour is crucial for optimising rental performance, so we analysed year-over-year metrics to gain a clearer picture of current trends. Here's a snapshot of key guest metrics:

Average length of stay:

  • Average length of stay (two years): 4.5 days
  • Average length of stay (previous year): 4.0 days

The decrease suggests guests are opting for shorter breaks, echoing global trends of micro-cations.

Booking lead times:

  • Median Booking Lead time (two years): 26.3 days
  • Median Booking Lead time (previous year): 14.9 days

A near-halving of the lead time demonstrates a move toward spontaneous travel, underscoring the need for savvy marketing aimed at last-minute bookers.

Channel Analysis: Airbnb Takes the Crown

Airbnb has remained the most popular booking channel, placing importance on keeping up with Airbnb host tips, tricks, and trends for success on the platform.

Tips for Airbnb Hosts, Property Managers, and Revenue Managers 

As we gear up for the last half of the year, many Aussie hosts and property managers are taking this opportunity to fine-tune their rentals and strategies. Don't forget to include your revenue management strategy in this tune-up! 

Here are some key tips to help you optimise your performance: 

  1. Flexible Pricing: Leverage dynamic pricing tools to adjust your rates based on real-time demand and competition. This will help you stay competitive and attract more bookings even when demand is lower.
  2. Know Your Market: Understanding your market is essential. Research local trends, customer preferences, and upcoming events that might affect demand.
  3. Get to Know Your Competitors: Keep an eye on what your competitors are doing. Monitor their pricing, promotions, and reviews to ensure your offerings remain attractive and competitive.
  4. Adopt forward-looking strategies: Historical data is no longer sufficient for effective revenue management. As demonstrated this summer, staying ahead of trends and pivoting your strategies proactively is crucial to avoid missed bookings and lost profits.

As we can see, strategic adjustments in pricing and a keen understanding of guest behaviour can drive impressive results. By leveraging the right tools and techniques, Gold Coast holiday hosts and property managers can continue to thrive in an increasingly competitive market.

Incorporating these insights and leveraging the latest in holiday home software ensures that your property remains a top choice for travellers. Ready to optimise your vacation rental performance? Explore our Airbnb pricing tool and complete revenue management system to stay ahead of the curve. Reach out today!

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