Impact for International Tourists
Whilst the fires have caused issues for many domestic holiday-makers, from an international tourism standpoint, the fires have only seriously impacted a few of the most popular tourist destinations – the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Island. The vast majority of Australia is unaffected, open for business and is completely safe to visit.
We have been working with all our agents who have guests in-country or arriving in the coming days and weeks to ensure that they have alternative options if the bushfires are impacting their journeys.
How you can help
We have been asked by many how they can help. The best way to help is to continue to come to Australia with confidence – Australia is a large country (similar in size to the USA) and there are plenty of incredible places still to enjoy. View this map of all the unaffected areas by Tourism Australia.
Please enquire for itineraries that incorporate some ‘voluntourism’ experiences that help give back to bushfire affected communities.
If you would like to donate to help victims of the fires, below are some organisations that we recommend:
WIRES (Wildlife Rescue and Education Service)
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
Wildlife Walkabout Park
Kangaroo Island Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal
Wildlife Rescue South Coast
Native Wildife Rescue
Alquemie has donated to both the Red Cross and the Wildlife Walkabout Park (see the video taken in November – they were training the animals to follow to safety in case of fire – thankfully they were all fine after a fire came close).