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Tourism Australia looks to reassure visitors with information on bushfire impacts

Tourism Australia looks to reassure visitors with information on bushfire impacts
January 10, 2020

Aiming to help visitors travelling to Australia during the current season of bushfires, Tourism Australia has issued a roundup of safety advice and alerts, along with regional links to latest information.

With global media reports of the extensive bushfires impacting potential visitors percepetions of Australia, the information is intended to help visitors travelling  during the current season of bushfires.

In its advice, Tourism Australia explains "bushfires are currently affecting some parts of Australia.

“Like all Australians, our hearts go out to the families and communities who are impacted by the bushfires. Our gratitude for the frontline services facing the fires head on cannot be expressed deeply enough.”

Providing advice on conditions it advises:

Staying up to date
We encourage all travellers visiting Australia to seek the most up-to-date information for their planned itinerary prior to departure, and remain informed about changing conditions while in Australia.

Speak with your travel agent, accommodation provider, tourism operators and local Visitor Information Centres for advice about local conditions and how best to experience Australia’s tourism destinations.

Will the bushfires affect my trip?
Most destinations in Australia remain safe and continue to welcome visitors. All international airports in Australia are operating as normal.

It is more important than ever to support Australian tourism providers, whether in unaffected regions or those that will recover from these bushfires in the months and years to come. The best way to support Australia, Australian communities, and the tourism sector is to keep visiting. If you cannot travel to an affected area due to bushfires, one of the many ways to help includes rescheduling instead of cancelling a planned trip to support the communities in the coming months.

Which Australian destinations are impacted?
Updated as at 10th January 2020
Below is a summary of some of our most popular destinations for international travellers, and whether they have been impacted by the current bushfires or are safe to visit. The list will be updated regularly, however conditions can change quickly, and travellers should seek the most up to date information from regional websites.

This is not a complete list of affected areas, so if you are travelling outside these areas, please refer to our bushfire safety page for links to regional sites.

ACT

Destination   Impacted or not impacted
Canberra Impacted by smoke haze – go to ACT Government and Visit Canberra for more information.

NSW

Destination Impacted or not impacted
Blue Mountains Partially impacted – go to NSW RFS and Visit NSW for more information.
Hunter Valley Not impacted
North Coast  Not impacted
South Coast Impacted – go to NSW Rural Fire Service and Visit NSW for more information.
Sydney Impacted by smoke haze - go to NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment for current forecasts on air quality.

South Australia

Destination Impacted or not impacted
Adelaide and Surrounds Not impacted
Kangaroo Island Impacted – go to SA County Fire Service and South Australian Tourism Commission for more information.

Victoria

Destination Impacted or not impacted
East Gippsland Impacted - go to Vic Emergency for more information
Great Ocean Road Not impacted
Melbourne   Not impacted
Phillip Island Not impacted
Upper Murray (east of Wodonga) Impacted - go to Vic Emergency for more information
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Not impacted

Western Australia

Destination Impacted or not impacted
Coral Coast (including Ningaloo Reef) Not impacted
Australia’s Golden Outback (including the Nullarbor) Impacted – go to  Emergency WA and Main Roads Western Australia for more information.
South West (including Margaret River)  Not impacted
North West (including Broome)  Not impacted
Perth Not impacted

Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory are reported as not being impacted by the bushfires.

For more information go to www.australia.com/en/travel-alerts.html

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