Australia – Still a Safe Place to Visit Despite Recent Wildfires

Published: January 21, 2020.
Written by: Jane - Destination Specialist, Vancouver

Our hearts go out to the many families, communities and wildlife that have been impacted by the bushfires. Many beautiful parts of the land down under are being directly affected by the recent wildfires but Australia is a vast country and is still a safe and amazing place to visit for tourists. All Australian airports are operating normally as well. Now more than ever, support is needed for the people and economy through tourism, which also helps repair, rebuild and rejuvenate this amazing destination. What areas are safe to visit in Australia in 2020?

Sydney, NSW

Your trip to Australia would not be complete without a few days in Sydney. Towering over the inner harbour with spectacular views of the iconic Sydney Opera House, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a popular event year-round. Hop on board a ferry and ride across the water to Manly Beach to enjoy some local sand and sun or perhaps spend the day at the Circular Quay, taking in the hustle and bustle of local shops and eateries. Nothing is better than relaxing at the water’s edge after a day of sightseeing or adventure in one of Australia’s most popular cities. Where can you go to Sydney?

The Gold Coast

When you hear the term gold, it evokes the sights of shimmering wonder and this is what you will find when you venture north of New South Wales. The gold coast is a playground for a multitude of watersports including surfing, jet skiing, and parasailing. Australia’s gold coast is home to some of the country’s most beautiful hotels and resorts. Stay beachside to take in all this extraordinary spot has to offer. Are you taking the whole family to Australia? Why not stay a couple of extra days to enjoy this region’s theme parks and hiking trails? Lamington National park is filled with exotic wildlife and home to some rare species of birds. Are you looking for a little quieter part of the country? Head inland.


In the Northern Territory of Australia is the sacred site of Uluru. The awe-inspiring sandstone rock formation welcomes tourists from every corner of the globe. Also known as Ayers Rock, the indigenous people of Australia cherish its spiritual meaning often host sacred events within the hidden caves. Not far from this ancient site is the town of Alice Springs, the ideal place to stay during your visit to this region. Take in the natural beauty of the Australian countryside and be inspired by indigenous art and culture. What about visiting a more modern Australian place?


The grand city of Melbourne offers visitors the chance to explore secret laneways and streets filled with graffiti created by local artists. Often referred to as the foodie capital of Australia, you won’t have a difficult time finding a great place to eat. With offerings from local fish and chips to five-star dining establishments, you won’t leave Melbourne hungry. While visiting the region of Victoria, you should take the opportunity to drive the Great Ocean Road. The winding roadways along the cliffs open up to some of the most spectacular views in the world. Be sure to snap multiple photos of the Twelve Apostles rock formation, and if you are lucky you may even run across a kangaroo or Koala in their natural habitat.

Your travels to Australia help support the country and support is what they need most right now. We also want to extend our deepest gratitude to the frontline services facing the fires head-on. We are monitoring the fires closely and encourage all our travellers visiting Australia to seek the most up-to-date information, either through us directly or on the Australian Tourism website prior to departure.