NSW Bushfires

9 January 2020

Updated 26 March 2020

There is no doubt that these are unprecedented times for the NSW travel and tourism industry with many communities still feeling the impact of the Summer bushfires, and now with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

While NSW’s courageous and resilient communities have been focused on regeneration over the past few months, the current climate presents another layer of challenges, particularly in relation to the Australian Government restrictions around non-essential domestic travel.

While it’s unknown when these restrictions will be lifted, Destination NSW encourages travellers to continue exploring the visitnsw.com and  sydney.com pages for added inspiration on where to plan their next holiday and short break. Travellers should remember they can also provide a financial boost to the industry by purchasing products online or talking to a local operator about options to pay now and book experiences and services later.

Tourism will undoubtedly play a key role in the social and economic recovery for NSW, as visitors put more heads on beds, diners in restaurants and shoppers in boutiques, all helping to drive the NSW economy.

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 26 March 2020

In line with Australian Government recommendations around COVID-19, non-essential domestic travel should be postponed where possible, or cancelled. If you are travelling it is recommended you follow NSW Health advice regarding personal hygiene, social distancing and public events and gatherings. These measures will help to control the spread of the virus and protect the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors. Additional links on the latest travel advice.

More information

Tourism recovery package

Information for industry