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Domestic travel. What’s new and where can we go? UPDATED

UPDATED 6/7/20: NSW will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens.

The closure will be effective from 12.01am Wednesday, 8 July and follows the concerning spread of COVID-19 in Melbourne.



This is a year unlike any other I’ve lived through. All international travel plans are on hold for the foreseeable future. Domestically, we can now travel within NSW for a holiday. The borders are currently open to us in the ACT and Victoria but COVID-19 is changing our travelling landscape frequently. Previously we’d arrange a girls weekend or a family holiday, a surfing trip or a sporting weekend around Australia. Not any more. These things are now on hold, or we’re planning them within NSW.


When will we be allowed to travel around Australia again?

When we can get on a plane and fly down to Tasmania for the week or up to the Gold Coast for a holiday in the sun? Nobody really knows. With the current COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria many states that had previously considered opening up borders are rethinking and it’s becoming obvious that things can change at the drop of a hat.


So, what does that mean for us in Lake Macquarie? 

Currently, we can definitely go on holiday in our own state. There are flights leaving from Sydney airport that are travelling to places like Cobar, Cooma, Coffs Harbour and Ballina. From Newcastle airport, the service is much reduced with just one flight heading to Melbourne today.

There are a few flights going to other places but these are for essential travel only whilst border restrictions are in place. At the domestic airport in Sydney, those flying are mostly travelling for business, fly-in, fly-out workers or people who have family emergencies. The hustle and bustle of holidaymakers is just not happening at the moment.

Today is the last opportunity for you to book a flight with Qantas for travel dates between 12 June and 31st October where you can make one change without having to pay a change fee. (You will need to pay the difference if the cost of the flight is more). From 1st July, they plan to change this rule.  


Current border restrictions



UPDATED 6/7/20: NSW will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW citizens.

You can currently travel to Victoria, although that may change at any time with the current COVID outbreak. Gladys has asked that people do not head to Melbourne for a holiday at this time or for recreational purposes. While she has not closed the border she is encouraging essential travel only.



You can travel to the ACT without any border restrictions. Check out places you can do and things you can see and do in Canberra. Visit Canberra. You’ll also find some information here at Australia.com


South Australia

South Australia which was due to reopen its borders on 20th July has now decided not to proceed with that date due to the outbreak in Victoria. At this time South Australia remains closed to NSW.



From July 10th QLD is opening it’s borders to all states and territories.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says visitors from Victoria will have to quarantine for 14 days at their expense even after her state’s border closures are relaxed next month.


Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory

All remain closed to travellers from NSW as at today’s date. As this changes, we will keep you updated.

If essential travel is required to a state that has border restrictions you would need to comply with the current rules regarding quarantine and you may be required to first gain permission to travel.


Traveling close to home

The good news is that we live in an amazing state with so many beautiful places we can go to visit. Don’t want to travel too far? Head inland to the Hunter Valley, north to Port Stephens or south to the Central Coast. Want to go a little further? What about a trip to Bathhurst, Orange, Dubbo, the beautiful coastline of the Illawarra or up the north coast. You could head inland to Armidale, Gunnedah, Tamworth or Walgett. So many places for you to choose from while we wait to be able to travel outside of NSW.


What happens next?

We know that many of us are looking forward to heading off interstate to enjoy time with family and friends and to experience all the beautiful sights Australia has to offer. As restrictions change we’ll keep you updated so you can start to make your travel plans.




Escape.com.au: When will travel be eased in your state { Accessed 30/6/20}

ABC: Sydney airport deserted, coronavirus becomes a ghost town { Accessed 30/6/20}

NEWS.com.au. Why you should book your flights before June 30 { Accessed 30/6/20}

ABC: Coronavirus Australia live news: Queensland opens borders to all states and territories except Victoria from July 10

NSW Government: boarder closure to protect NSW.

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