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Australia Bushfires

As you are well aware, there are currently multiple bushfires active throughout Australia which have caused much devastation. Our hearts are with all of those affected during this natural disaster, especially as our roots run deep within this beautiful country.

For this reason, we have created this resource which provides the most current information across all of Australia's States and Territories, answers to the most frequently asked questions, and guidance for clients who are traveling, planning to travel, or thinking about traveling to Australia.

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Australia needs help. Bushfires now ravage parts of the country, threatening lives and livelihoods alike. Australians have answered the bell, fighting back against these blazes with a determination that is emblematic of the country as a whole. Fortunately, they needn’t be alone in this fight. Travelers can contribute to both the short and long term recovery of the country by going forward with their vacations and holidays as planned. We have compiled information from local people, tourism suppliers, and government agencies to provide an objective picture of the current crisis and why travelers play such crucial role in helping Australia through this trying time.

Quick Information

Impacted Areas

New South Wales
These fires have largely burned through the bush, mountain ranges, and national parks. But touring and destination experiences in Sydney remain operational. There have been days of poor air quality, as this can be unpredictable and reliant on the winds.
Northern Territory
Tourism activities and experiences are not impacted by any active bushfires in this region. Northern Territory is facing bushfires in remote regions but these fires are reportedly under control. 

Queensland
Tourism activities and experiences are not impacted by any active bushfires in this region. Queensland is facing bushfires in remote regions but these fires are reportedly under control.

South Australia
The bushfires on Kangaroo Island continue to require containment, but other areas of the State have the situation well in hand and local tour providers are encouraging visitors to visit as businesses climb to their feet. The support is welcomed and much needed.

Tasmania
Tourism activities and experiences are not impacted by any active bushfires in this region.

Western Australia
Tourism activities and experiences are not impacted by any active bushfires in this region.

Victoria
Victoria’s main tourist areas of Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island are operating normally. Smog has impacted Melbourne.

Top Information Resources

For the most up to date information on which areas are impacted across the country, please view Tourism Australia's Travel Alerts.

Impact on Travelers

Bushfires evolve with the everchanging weather conditions making them largely unpredictable. The best tool at your disposal is flexibility. Regardless of whatever changes may need to be made to you or your clients' itinerary, know that the trip has still been customized with you or your clients' needs in mind.

Tips

First and foremost, we recommend seeking out resources like this and The Tourism Australia website to ensure you are accessing non-sensationalized information from suppliers and partners on the ground throughout the country. Providing accurate information in a time of crisis is invaluable and will allow your clients to make the most informed decisions possible about their travel plans.
  1. Stay informed, or if you are a Travel Advisor, encourage your clients to stay informed
  2. Add mobile data to your phone plan
  3. Communicate regularly with your Travel Advisor or Travel Company

How to Help

Travel To Australia

Australia BushfiresTourism is a proven economic lifeblood in Australia that will drive both the short and long term economic recovery of the country. In 2019 alone, tourism contributed $44.6 billion to Australia's national economy while employing over 660,000 people.

To say the least, the bushfires have dramatically impacted tourism. Yet, large cross sections of the country remain unaffected by the bushfires, offering the stunning scenery, diverse wildlife, and hospitable people that make Australia a once-in-a-lifetime destination to visit. Right now, the country needs tourism more than ever, but if you or your clients must cancel travel arrangements, please do consider moving the trip to later in the year to help aid the recovery of the region through your tourism.

Donating

We have reached out to partners, colleagues, family and friends in Australia for their guidance – asking what can we do about Australia bushfires. Below, we have put together a starting list of ways individuals outside of Australia can support Australia.

Wildife

Emergency Services

Community Relief

Environment

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