NSW Bushfires

9 January 2020

Information for visitors

Visitor factsheet - staying safe and your rights regarding cancellations and refunds (PDF 438 kb)

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 tourism industry 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.

Visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website or download the app for alerts, park closures and fire bans.


Latest advice on NSW’s tourism regions - updated 31 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.
  • North Coast: All towns are welcoming visitors. Contact local operators prior to departure. Some NSW National Park and road closures remain in effect.
  • Outback NSW: All towns are welcoming visitors.
  • Riverina: All towns are welcoming visitors.
  • Snowy Mountains: 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: Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven and many 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.
  • Sydney: Welcoming visitors.

More information

Tourism recovery package

Information for industry

How you can help

A message from Destination NSW - 10 January 2020