NSW South Coast is open to tourists following bushfires

ByEmma RyanJanuary 14, 2020
NSW South Coast is open to tourists following bushfires

The NSW South Coast is open to tourists again, following the catastrophic bushfires that ravaged the area in recent weeks, destroying more than 700 homes.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued a statement advising public that the South Coast is open for holidaymakers once more, although national parks in the area remain closed until at least February, with reopen dates to be advised. Click here for the latest information on national parks.

The Princes Highway linking the South Coast to Sydney is open, and the Kings Highway linking Canberra with the coast has also reopened after services have worked around the clock to clear fallen trees and other debris. Important to note, the Princes Highway on the Victorian side of the border remains closed in some places. For the latest information on Victorian road closures, click here.

While there are still fires burning in the area, more favourable weather conditions mean the risk has eased.

RFS Inspector Angus Barnes says, “we encourage visitors to make contact with their accommodation providers to confirm they are open for business.”

However, those who do visit the South Coast are encouraged to remain vigilant as fires continue to burn in some areas. “While enjoying your time on the Far South Coast we ask that you stay up to date using the Fires Near Me and Live Traffic applications”, Mr Barnes said.

Daniel Murphy, Manager of Economic Development, Bega Valley Shire Council says those who have a history and love for holidays on the South Coast are urged to return to help rebuild the local economies which were devastated by bushfire damage and lost revenue over the usually busy summer period.

“Our very strong message to future visitors is to keep us in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as you plan your holidays”, Mr Murphy says.

“We continue to offer unique and immersive experiences to our visitors. Most of what people love about this place remains and I really believe there is now an opportunity to go deeper and connect with the Sapphire Coast on a new level.”

The RV Daily team certainly has a deep love for the South Coast, which is why we dedicated an episode of our TV show Foodie Trails to it. Watch it on 10Play here. We’ll be returning to the South Coast ASAP, and encourage all readers to do the same.