As one of the most popular destinations close to Sydney, the Blue Mountains region is preparing for a massive surge in visitors once restrictions are lifted.
Blue Mountains Tourism president Jason Cronshaw said tourism businesses were excited to welcome visitors back after the long hiatus.
"It’s been very quiet here," he said. "After more than a hundred years of visitors on our bush tracks, in our supermarkets and cafes, it’s been very odd for residents and businesses.
"But everything’s still here – all the incredible landscapes, the fantastic experiences and the great food and wine, the charming guesthouses and grand hotels. In fact, they’re probably even better because everyone has used the lockdown to mousse and spruce their properties, develop new menus and create new experiences."
Mr Cronshaw encouraged visitors to:
- Plan ahead: Research your getaway and create an itinerary, noting the best times to visit attractions
- Prebook: Ensure your bed, table or spot in the queue by booking online direct with the business. Prebooking will also ensure the dish you crave and help you jump the queue.
- Consider travelling by train or outside of popular times to avoid traffic congestion
- Consider visiting midweek and dining earlier
- Slow down: QR check-ins are here to stay – be patient and take in the scenery
- Prepare for change: new Covid restrictions may mean changes in processes etc
"As one of the closest destinations to Sydney and a traditional getaway location, the Blue Mountains is gearing up to receive a significant surge in visitors once lockdown restrictions are lifted," Mr Cronshaw said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state was expected to hit its 70 per cent vaccination goal on October 11, with the 80 per cent target due to be reached about two weeks after that.
From the Monday after that milestone, fully vaccinated residents will enjoy a raft of freedoms, including travel anywhere in NSW, going to the pub, attending events (limited numbers), dining in restaurants and attending weddings.
Unvaccinated people may join those freedoms from December 1.
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