Back on the road again, but mainly in our own states!

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Caravans are returning to the roads all over the country
Caravans are returning to the roads in most parts of of the country

It’s a happy day for grey nomads in several states today as travel restrictions are eased and they are free to hit the open road … but within their own jurisdictions.

Unrestricted travel across Queensland is back, although interstate borders will remain closed.

“Let me make it very clear, the border will remain closed for the month of June,” said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It’s a similar story in New South Wales, with regional travel back on the agenda with camping grounds and caravan parks reopening.

The state has also launched a major marketing blitz as it targets the $16 million the state’s residents usually spend travelling abroad.

The ‘Now it’s Time to Love New South Wales’ campaign will also be rolled out in Victoria and the ACT and other states … when border bans are lifted.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has been pressuring other jurisdictions – so far unsuccessfully – to open their borders as she believes interstate travel is essential to Australia’s economic recovery.

In Victoria, people will also be permitted to stay in caravan parks and camping grounds from today.

Most were forced to shut their doors in March at the height of the pandemic but the re-opened parks will have a different feel.

The owner of the Big 4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff, Lorraine Golightly, says bookings had been strong.

“People just want to get out of home I think, and a bit of a stretch of the legs,” she said. “We’ll be totally contactless as far as check-in and check-out and people will do a guest declaration before arrive and pre-paid … even booking an activity or ordering a coffee will be done online.”

Other jurisdictions including Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory already allow camping, although there may still be some restrictions on travel. In WA, regional restrictions will be further eased on June 6, when travel will be permitted throughout the state, including into the Kimberley region (pending Commonwealth approval to remove the Biosecurity Area). Access into remote Aboriginal communities will remain prohibited though.

Tasmania is due to reach its Step Two on June 15, as which stage, accommodation including ‘camping, overnight boating and shacks’ will be re-open for up to 20 people.

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