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.
Where to find bushfire information
For the latest updates about bushfires around the State, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.
Bushfire activity may result in road closures and traffic delays. Check your route at Live Traffic NSW before you travel.
Latest advice on NSW’s tourism regions – updated 14 January 2020:
- South Coast: Rural Fire Service has advised that visitors are able to return to the South Coast NSW areas of Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and The Sapphire Coast. These areas are welcoming visitors as advised by local councils. Contact local operators prior to departure. Some NSW National Park and road closures remain in effect.
- North Coast: All towns including Coffs Harbour, Clarence Valley, Forster and Taree, Kempsey, Lismore and Port Macquarie are welcoming visitors. Contact local operators prior to departure. Some NSW National Park and road closures remain in effect.
- Hunter Valley: All towns are welcoming visitors, however some NSW National Parks remain closed.
- Snowy Mountains: Rural Fire Service has advised that villages and towns in the Snowy Monaro area including Thredbo Village, Jindabyne and Adaminaby are safe to welcome visitors, however Kosciuszko National Park and some roads remain closed. Please note fire warnings are still in place for parts of the Tumut and Tumbarumba areas - refer to the RFS website for latest information.
- Blue Mountains: All towns are welcoming visitors. Some NSW National Park and road closures remain in effect. 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.
- Southern Highlands: Business as usual.
- New England North West: Business as usual.
- Central NSW: All areas are welcoming visitors. Some road closures in the Mudgee and Warrumbungle areas remain in effect.
- Outback NSW: Business as usual.
- Murray: Fire warnings exist for parts of the Upper Murray region. Refer to the RFS website for latest information.
- Riverina: Business as usual.
For other ways to support NSW, visit Service NSW’s resource on bushfire affected communities.
Travelling in a bushfire area
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.
Make sure you have all the information you will need to keep safe.