Australia, or should we say, certain parts and many residents of parts of Australia have been seriously impacted by bushfires over months of November 2019 through December and in to the New Year 2020.

As a Sydney-based tour operator we have had to adapt operations around the impacts, the most difficult of which has been bushfires that have burnt through swathes of the Greater Blue Mountains region.

The most threatening time for people in the towns of the Blue Mountains was just as the new year approached and, due to the Blue Mountains National Park closing and smoke blanketing the region, we made a call to offer a ‘Plan B’ day of touring still including our visit to the wonderful Calmsley Hill City Farm for Australian wildlife interaction, but then heading north to visit the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and the Northern Beaches coastal region of Sydney.

Feedback was very positive, with most guests choosing to take up the offer of an alternative itinerary that still touched on some of the majesty and beauty of Sydney and its surrounds.

There are still some areas of Australia that are suffering through bushfire ordeals, but if you are to scan foreign media coverage of this bushfire crisis it would appear that the entire landmass of Australia is ablaze. Nevertheless, respect and gratitude must be offered to the emergency services personnel who have so diligently and humbly supported the communities through this crisis, most volunteering their time.

The Blue Mountains region has gone through the worst of the bushfire danger and we are now happily touring back up to the region. To that end, alongside AEA Luxury Tours advising all that we now are moving on as normal, we wanted to provide you with an update from our relevant tourist bodies so that our clientele know what they are advising:

TOURISM AUSTRALIA

DESTINATION NSW

NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE HONOURS ‘FIRIES’

Some recent images of touring in the Blue Mountains and Sydney surrounds: