The fires that stormed through our country from late 2019 into early 2020 have had devastating effects. On the environment, our animal population and entire Aussie communities. Hundreds of local businesses were also lost or damaged and as a result, can no longer operate and generate a living.
This is where you can help! There has never been a better time to plan a roadtrip to these bushfire affected areas. Let’s help boost their local economies through purchasing their produce, eating at their pubs or staying a night at their local hotel. Your tourism dollars will be a very welcome contributor to their recuperation.
It’s great to see how many Australians are already thinking about it – 28% of respondents to our latest research who will roadtrip between April 2020 and April 2021 said one reason for doing so was to support bushfire affected communities #hearteyes
The regions affected by these catastrophic events are many in number and vast in size. So, we’ve listed just a few below that we think would be perfect for a roadtrip.
Roadtrip to NSW Bushfire Affected Areas
- Byron Bay hinterland – famous for tranquil scenic beauty such as Nightcap Ridge and quirky towns like Nimbin
- Blue Mountains – a world heritage area filled with walking trails, lookouts and waterfalls
- Batemans Bay – a Southern Highlands town famous for its reefs, native animals and ocean life
Roadtrip to ACT Bushfire Affected Areas
- Michelago – known for its Australian cultural legacies and a heritage-listed railway station
- Moyura – a strong farming community with bountiful produce and twice-weekly markets
Roadtrip to VIC Bushfire Affected Areas
- Mallacoota – a quiet East Gippsland holiday getaway spot surrounded by forests, beaches and pristine waterways
- Bright – surrounded by mountains, it’s known for wineries and is close to Mount Hotham skiing
Roadtrip to QLD Bushfire Affected Areas
- Lamington National Park – filled with rainforest goodness, including waterfalls and walking trails
- Woodgate – a quiet coastal town ideal for bird watchers, only 45 minutes from Bundaberg
Roadtrip to SA Bushfire Affected Areas
- Adelaide Hills – wineries, gourmet food and culture aplenty… need we say more?
- Kangaroo Island – known for its plethora of native wildlife, you can see them in the wild or visit the famous Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Roadtrip to TAS Bushfire Affected Areas
- Central Plateau – a stunningly rugged and picturesque conservation centre for plant and animal life, this area features Australia’s second biggest freshwater lake
- South West National Park – a UNESCO area of great natural beauty that contains some of the most remote wilderness found anywhere in the world
When you look at the havoc the bushfires have caused across Australia, you can begin to fully understand how much help our country needs to recover. If you would like to find out more Wikipedia has a great factual write-up. We’ve included their table below –
Tips for Making the Most of Your Roadtrip
A roadtrip full of positive memories usually requires some planning before you leave. Planning for packing well, for deciding what to do and for contingency measures just in case things go awry.
And if you find yourself in a bingle with native wildlife during your roadtrip, refer to our tips on what to do if you hit an animal.
Over to You –
Do you know of a bushfire affected area that would benefit from support? Please share below!