Graph Writing # 6 – Annual visits to Australia by overseas residents


IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing – Line Graph + Table:

» You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The line graph below shows the number of annual visits to Australia by overseas residents. The table below gives information on the country of origin where the visitors came from.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information given.

» You should write at least 150 words.

Number of Visitors (million)


Sample Answer 1:

The provided line graph delineates data on the changes of visitors’ number to Australia from 1975 until 2005 while the table elaborates the percentage of tourists from various countries. At the onset, the number of foreign travellers to Australia had surged ceaselessly during the whole period and tripled by 2005. Moreover, the most substantial growth in the number of foreigners attended Australia had shown by Japan, South Korea and Europe.

The line graph shows that visit to Australia by non-residents had overwhelmingly moved upward over the period of 2 decades: it was nearly 10 million in 1975 and slightly more than 30 million in 2005. Throughout the period, the number of tourists went up as high as 5 million each decade; however, between 1985 and 1995 it boomed to almost 10 million.

While taking into consideration the table data we can easily infer that South Korea, Japan and Europe were leading sources of tourists (2.9, 3.2 and 1.1 million respectively) to Australia. In the wake of 3 decades, those figures almost quadrupled to 9.1, 12. and 4.5 million consecutively. Other countries represented less dramatic increase: China – from 0.3 to 0.8 million, the USA – from 0.4 to 1.1 million and the UK – from 0.9 to 2.9 million. It is worth noticing that the most significant growth in the number of travellers to Australia was from Japan, South Korea and Europe. Australia received the highest number of tourists from these countries during the period.

[Written by – Sukhayl]

Model Answer 2:

This line graph presents the number of visits to Australia by foreign citizens per year while the table specifies the visits per country that took place in the year 1975 and 2005. There has been a gradual increase from 1975 to 1985 while the number doubled from 1984 to 1995 as seen on the chart. However, compared to 1975, in 2005 the number of foreign visitors has increased drastically (Total 8.8 in 1975; 30.4 in 2005).

Furthermore, an interesting fact is that among the six countries given, South Korea and Japan had the most number of foreign visitors to Australia in 2005 compared to 1975 (South Korea: 2.9 in 1975 and 9.1 in 2005; Japan: 3.2 in 1975 and 12.0 in 2005). Meanwhile, China having had 0.3 million people visiting Australia in 1975 but 0.8 million in 2005 which is quite less in terms of changes that took place over the years compared to other countries over the past years.

Overall, compared to 1975 the number of foreign visitors has been increasing, reaching quite a high number of visitors of 32 million to Australia while having a majority of visitors from South Korea and Japan. On the other hand, the least number of travels was from China but it is safe to say that the majority of the visits to Australia were from Asian countries than Western countries.

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