The data that the visitor tracking project team has collected allows us to investigate tourist behaviour which may cause concern around safety, such as travelling long distances during the dark hours. As we break our data down into different demographic groups we can see whether particular groups of tourists are more likely to undertake this behaviour. This sort of information can then be helpful for the formulation of tourist information campaigns and for decision-making around infrastructure provision.
A number of tourists recruited to our project were recorded on the roads (including major highways) between the hours of 11pm and 6am. Between 2 am and 4 am only a couple of tourists were generally recorded on the road but after 4 am the number increased and by 6 am up to 20 tourists were reported on the road. Almost all tourists on the road after midnight were Australian residents but some overseas tourists were driving between 11 pm and midnight.