Our hearts are in Australia

January 9, 2020

We at PATA San Diego Chapter and all of our members are thinking about our fellow colleagues, family & friends in Australia as they battle the terrible wildfires crossing the continent.  Below is Visit Australia’s bush fire details and travel advisories – also found here.  Thankfully many parts of Australia remain unaffected and are welcoming visitors.

Bushfire information – Safety advice and alerts for travel to Australia.

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. 

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.

Read about bushfire safety and find links to national and regional warning sites

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 8 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.


Destination Impacted or not impacted
Brisbane Not impacted
Cairns Not impacted
Fraser Coast Not impacted
Gold Coast Not impacted
Sunshine Coast Not impacted
Townsville Not impacted
Whitsundays and Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Not impacted

New South Wales

Destination Impacted or not impacted
Blue Mountains Impacted – go to NSW Rural Fire Service 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 Not impacted

Australian Capital Territory

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


Destination Impacted or not impacted
Great Ocean Road Not impacted
Melbourne Not impacted
Phillip Island Not impacted


Destination Impacted or not impacted
Hobart and surrounds Not impacted
Launceston and surrounds Not impacted

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.

Western Australia

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

Northern Territory

Destination Impacted or not impacted
Alice Springs Not impacted
Darwin and surrounds Not impacted
Uluru and surrounds Not impacted