We have been so very lucky when compared to some of our neighbouring regions. All of our community and tourism infrastructure remains in place, and indeed many visitors have commented recently that it was hard to tell that the region had been fire affected. Air quality can be variable, but we are seeing many clear days now. We also acknowledge that a great deal of fauna and bush land has been impacted. Our local Koala Hospital and other volunteer groups continue to provide wonderful support to injured animals. You can visit the Koala Hospital and there are regular free tours of the facility.
Visitors to Port Macquarie are encouraged to maintain their travel plans and bookings, but should be vigilant and seek the most up to date information prior to departure.
Please follow the online updates from the Rural Fire Service (rfs.nsw.gov.au), National Parks (nationalparks.nsw.gov.au), NSW Police (facebook.com/nswpoliceforce) and Transport Management Centre (livetraffic.com) for the latest news.
Travellers are also encouraged to speak with local tourism operators and the local Visitor Information Centre for advice about local conditions and how visitors can best enjoy their holiday and support local businesses.
Update January 2020
All major tourism accommodation and attractions open
Currently no impact in Port Macquarie or adjoining smaller visitor centres (Camden Haven, Wauchope). Crowdy Bay National Park to the south has re-opened including Diamond Head Campground though there are some areas within the park closed to access. Some National Park and State Forest areas in the region remain closed however key visitor attractions of Old Bottlebutt in Burrawan State Forest, Dooragan NP, Queens Lake NR and Limeburners Creek NP are open; The Oxley Highway to Walcha is open under traffic control and travellers should expect delays.
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