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.
Most 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. NSW and its capital Sydney are now welcoming visitors.
Where to find bushfire information
A number of national parks are still closed. Before you travel, it is still advisable to check for the latest information with the below organisations.
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 13 February 2020:
- Blue Mountains: All towns are welcoming visitors. Many areas of the Blue Mountains National Park are now open, however some remain closed. Jenolan Caves Road/Edith Road at Jenolan is still 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. A number of NSW National Parks remain closed.
- 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. Some areas of the Kosciuszko National Park are now open, however other 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. Most NSW National Parks on the South Coast remain closed and some road closures are still in effect.
- Southern Highlands: All towns are welcoming visitors.
- Sydney: Welcoming visitors. Some NSW National Parks surrounding Sydney remain closed.
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.