AUSSIES are mixing up their TV guide and travel guide with SeaChange's Pearl Bay the most commonly mistaken TV town.
Just under one in three Australians (29%) believe Summer Bay, the fictional setting of one of Australia's longest running television soaps Home and Away, is an Australian tourist destination, according to a nationwide survey by Hotels.com, the global hotel expert.
A further quarter (27%) say they would consider visiting Summer Bay for their next holiday.
Only one in 10 (13%) of Aussies think Erinsborough, the home of Australia's other long-running soap Neighbours, is a real place.
And, for those that do, it isn't as appealing a holiday destination as Summer Bay, with only one in 20 (5%) saying they want to visit Erinsborough for a holiday.
Pearl Bay, the home of popular ABC series, SeaChange, was the most commonly mistaken TV town, with one in three (33%) Aussies believing it is an Australian tourist destination.
Perhaps most surprising, about one in four Aussies (23%) believe Wandin Valley, the fictional birthplace of television series A Country Practice is a real tourist destination.
Hotels.com Australia and New Zealand marketing chief Katherine Birch said: "It's always a good idea for travellers to use the internet or a good old-fashioned map to research which of the fantastic real-life holiday destinations across Australia they plan to visit."
Top mistaken fictional TV destinations
1. Pearl Bay (SeaChange)
2. Wandin Valley (A Country Practice)
3. Summer Bay (Home & Away)
4. Fountain Lakes (Kath & Kim)
5. Mt Thomas (Blue Heelers)
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