New South Wales has faced unprecedented bushfires in recent months, but the state and its impacted communities are resilient and optimistic about the way forward.
Bushfires have affected some of the state’s most popular destinations, but thankfully information direct from the regions reassures us that the majority of the state remains open for business and ready to receive visitors.
As NSW’s courageous and resilient communities focus on regeneration, travellers have a pivotal role to play in their recovery. Booking a holiday in regional NSW now will have a real impact on the communities that need support the most.
Much of NSW’s coastline, outback towns and charming regional centres are welcoming tourists, as is the iconic Harbour City of Sydney.
Some impacted regions including the South Coast, North Coast, the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains are no longer at risk, with most tourism businesses now open.
Latest advice on NSW’s tourism regions – updated 24 January 2020:
Blue Mountains: All towns are welcoming visitors. Blue Mountains National Park will reopen in stages from Wednesday 22 January 2020, although some areas and roads remain closed. Public buses have replaced trains between Mount Victoria, Lithgow and Bathurst as rail infrastructure has been damaged, but trains continue to operate from Sydney to Mount Victoria as usual.
Central NSW: All areas are welcoming visitors.
Central Coast: All areas are welcoming visitors.
Hunter Valley: All towns are welcoming visitors, however some NSW National Parks remain closed.
Murray: All towns are welcoming visitors.
New England North West: All towns are welcoming visitors.
Snowy Mountains: Please refer to the RFS website for the latest information regarding fires in the Snowy Monaro and Snowy Valley local government areas. Most villages and towns in the Snowy Valleys and Snowy Monaro areas including Thredbo Village, Jindabyne and Adaminaby are welcoming visitors. Kosciuszko National Park will reopen in stages from Wednesday 22 January 2020 although some areas and roads remain closed.
South Coast: Please refer to the RFS website for the latest information regarding fires in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla local government areas. Most areas of the South Coast NSW are welcoming visitors. Contact local operators prior to departure. Some NSW National Park and road closures remain in effect.
Southern Highlands: All towns are welcoming visitors.
If you're travelling during the bushfire season, you could be affected by a fire. Bush and grass fires often cross roads and highways. Smoke can reduce visibility and roads may also be closed without warning.