Byron Bay accommodation is the most expensive in the state, according to a Hotels Price Index (HPI) developed by accommodation aggregator website Hotels.com.
The Hotels.com HPI is based on bookings made on the Hotels.com site and tracks the real prices paid per hotel room, rather than advertised rates.
Despite outstripping even Sydney hotel prices, Byron rates did not record any increase in 2011, while the national average increase was nine per cent.
Prices in Sydney were up eight per cent at $181 per night. The Hunter Valley recorded an eight per cent increase to $185 per night while the Blue Mountains took an eight per cent hit to $174 per night.
The Gold Coast was the Australian destination with the biggest increase, up 19 per cent to $161.
While it is not a scientific survey, as it doesn’t include all properties in any destination, a spokesperson said Hotels.com had a wide range of inventory both in Byron Bay and across the board, ranging from two-star to five-star.
The news comes hot on the heels of figures released by Destination NSW last week, showing Byron visitor nights increased 40 per cent in the year to September 2011, with a remarkable 2,021,000 visitor nights recorded.