How to travel safely during the bushfire crisis
We’re all about going exploring but, now more than ever, it’s super important you do it safely. As the bushfire crisis continues in many parts of Australia, make sure you plan your next road trip or camping trip carefully. Most communities are perfectly safe and welcome visitors, while others that have been directly impacted ask that you reschedule your trip for later in the year. The best way to travel safely and responsibly this summer is to stay on top of the information.
If you’re heading off on a trip, you’ll need to monitor the status of nearby fires, road access and tourist leave zones via state-specific fire and emergency authorities. This information can change quickly so we recommend following the relevant fire authority’s social feeds, downloading their apps, saving bushfire information hotlines to your phone, and listening to ABC radio for rolling coverage.
New South Wales
- South Australian Country Fire Service website and Alert SA app
- Bushfire Information Hotline: 1800 362 361
- Traffic SA website
We’re supporting wildlife rescue in bushfire-affected states
The ongoing bushfire crisis has taken a huge toll on all of us in myriad different ways. It’s hit the holiday parks, regional businesses and communities that we so passionately support, many of our national parks have been razed and our wildlife has been killed on a scale that beggars belief.
We’re fanatical about nature-based travel — whether that’s an extended camping trip or a brief stop at a lookout on your way down the East Coast. And we believe that, in many ways, it’s our country’s unique wildlife that makes these experiences so treasured by Australians, and by visitors from around the world alike.
To show our support, we’ll be donating 100% of our booking commissions for January to wildlife rescue in fire-affected states Australia-wide. We hope this goes a small way to help our country along the long road to recovery. If you’d like to lend a hand too, you can donate here:
When it comes to visiting national parks, there are many fire-affected areas that are temporarily closed. It’s also worth noting that national parks may close on extreme fire danger days, so always check the park’s website or ask at the local information centre before heading into remote areas. Towns and city centres are full of attractions, gardens, museums and great places to eat and drink, and these are usually the safest places to be during bushfire season.
How can I help?
This is in no way an exhaustive list, but here’s a few ways you can make much-needed cash donations to help with bushfire response, relief and recovery efforts.
- Support our heroes on the front line by donating directly to a local fire brigade, or to the NSW Rural Fire Service, Victoria’s Country Fire Authority, South Australia’s Country Fire Service Foundation or Queensland’s Rural Fire Brigades Association.
- Cash donations to the Australian Red Cross, Salvation Army and Vinnies help provide bushfire victims and evacuees with essentials such as food, clothing, financial aid and household items.
- Support charities working to rehabilitate wildlife in distress by making donations to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, Koalas in Care NSW, WIRES, WWF, Animals Australia, or the RSPCA.
When the danger has passed and fire-affected towns and regions reopen to travellers – visit them. Spending money at local businesses such as caravan parks, hotels, shops, petrol stations, pubs and cafes is one of the most meaningful ways you can help these communities on their road to recovery.