Canberra is located in New South Wales about an hour and a half inland from Batemann’s Bay, a beach getaway town known for the Clyde River National Park (you can check New South Wales national park travel advisories here). There you’ll find a dreamy setting for kayaking, swimming, fishing, and wildlife watching. To see koalas and wombats up close, visit Birdland Animal Park. It's just one of the many rural, wildlife-rich areas of the continent that could use some love.
“It is more important than ever to support Australian tourism providers and encourage people to book a holiday in Australia, whether in unaffected regions or those that will recover from these bushfires in the months and years to come," Tourism Australia told Thrillist by email. "The best way to support Australia, Australian communities, and the tourism sector is to keep visiting.”
About 99% of NSW's Blue Mountains hiking trails are currently open for visitors, and the popular Hunter County wine region has remained unaffected by the fires. Sydney is clear of smoke and very much ready to receive tourists.
"It’s important for us to spread the message that fires are no longer a threat in New South Wales," Tane Evans, international sales manager at AEA Luxury Tours & Sydney Princess Cruises, stated to Thrillist by email. "The recent rain has helped tremendously, and our focus has since shifted to encouraging travelers to come down and experience everything this region has to offer. One in 12 Australians are employed by tourism, so we need visitors now more than ever... There has been so much misinformation and we want to reassure people that the Australian experience is still here waiting for them."