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Serious fires impacted the South Coast of New South Wales, Eastern Victoria and Kangaroo Island over the New Year period. Many buildings have been lost in the fires and sadly there have been several fatalities and large loss of native animals. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the devastating fires, including emergency services personnel and volunteers, and those who continue to assist the local communities.
Several main holiday centres have been isolated, and local evacuations have taken place. In order to preserve essential food and fuel supplies for residents and emergency personnel, Authorities have asked all tourists and holiday-makers to leave the affected areas in Southern NSW and North-Eastern Victoria. Hot, dry weather conditions are expected to continue over the summer, and the crisis may be on-going until the regions receive rain, or the fires are brought under control.
The Sydney to Melbourne coastal highway is closed in various locations between Nowra (south of Sydney) and Bairnsdale, Victoria, and is likely to remain impassable for several days or weeks. Although travel along the coastal route between Sydney and Melbourne is not possible, the inland highway between the two capital cities is open to all traffic. Kangaroo Island is open but due to the ongoing concerns there, travel to KI is being discouraged this week.
Anyone travelling by road is advised to plan well ahead and avoid all fire-risk areas. The following websites contain the latest information on fire areas and potential road closures:
The Pacific Destinations team continues to monitor the fire situation throughout Australia. We are pro-actively contacting affected clients and amending their travel arrangements to avoid fire-impacted areas. We will not be sending guests into these areas until conditions have moderated and it is safe to do so. For clients who are yet to arrive in Australia, we are contacting their agents to discuss possible itinerary amendments. These measures will continue until local conditions improve.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding travel in Australia, please don’t hesitate to contact us either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us on +61 2 9955 3979.