Well well well, hasn’t the relaxing of travel restrictions lined up nicely with the June Long Weekend? 

 

Everyone’s absolutely stinging to drive out of town, pull into a secluded bush camp, pitch a tent in the dark and snuggle in for a long night among the gum trees – I know I am! 

But where can you go this June Long Weekend? And what can you do? Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty.

NSW

From June 1 regional travel is permitted in NSW again, for any reason your heart desires. Campgrounds are opening back up, however, as there’s still extensive fire damage across the state, it’s worth double-checking that your favourite campground is accepting visitors. 

Stuck for ideas on what to do? We’ve got a few up our sleeve. 

Keen for a paddle up the Nambucca River? Or maybe a spot of stand up paddle boarding on Lake Illawarra? You could make it a whole weekend affair with a hike from Glenbrook to Springwood.

 

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VIC

From June 1, campgrounds and caravan parks in Victoria will also be reopening, while toilets will be open, communal areas like kitchens will stay closed – come prepared to cook on your own stove! 

It’s the perfect time to tackle an overnight hike. Why not give the Beerimpo Walk a go? Or maybe you want something more coastal, like the Wilsons Prom Southern Circuit.

 

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ACT

From May 29, gathering sizes in ACT have been bumped up to 20 people. That’s almost a whole damn party!

Some campsites are now open, but unfortunately the two national parks in the ACT have significant fire damage so some campsites remained closed. But a short drive over the border to NSW is doable and totally legal too!

 

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SA

Nearly all systems are go in SA. Camping is on and regional travel is being encouraged to help smaller communities back on their feet. 

As long as you’re keeping your distance and aren’t gathering in a group of people greater than 10, you’re all good. 

Go explore the Yorke Peninsula or dive deep into the Mt Gambier sink hole.

 

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TAS

Unfortunately for Tasmanians, national parks are opened for day use only. Sad face. Residents are only allowed to travel to parks within 30km of their home with groups no bigger than 10 people. Hopefully by next long weekend Tassie will be back open for everyone. Fingers crossed. 

In the meantime, go check out Bruny Island, or visit one of Tassie’s gorgeous waterfalls.

 

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NT

The NT has more or less eliminated COVID-19 from the territory and they’re keen to keep it that way – fair enough! 

Although regional travel’s allowed, there are a number of remote communities where travel is restricted. 

But, from May 29, some areas of Nitmiluk National Park will be open again, including Edith Falls, giving Territorians another gorgeous playground to explore. 

There’s always somewhere to take a dip in the Territory!

 

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QLD

Unfortunately it’s not a long weekend in Queensland, but it’s still a regular one! And you’ve got no reason to stay at home. 

From June 1, Queenslanders are allowed to travel anywhere within the state for holidays and camping with groups of up to 20 people.

Hike to the epic campground at Mt Joyce, chase waterfalls at Springbrook National Park or kayak Lake Cootharaba.

 

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WA

It’s the same story for Western Aus – no Monday off, but you’ve still got Saturday and Sunday to play with! 

Camping and all other adventure activities have been happening in WA for weeks now, as long as residents didn’t travel too far from home. 

As of Friday May 29th, regional travel is allowed around WA, with the exception of biosecurity areas in the Kimberley region, parts of the East Pilbara and Ngaanyatjarraku Shires and remote Aboriginal communities.

Slip and slide into Serpentine Falls or or check out the canola fields of York.

 

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Feature photo by @kate_miles_