Blue Mountains sends message it is open for business

Blue Mountains Tourism (BMT), together with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service and New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Services, are encouraging visitors to return to the villages and towns of the Blue Mountains.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has reported that the Erskine Creek, Linden Creek, Grose Valley and Ruined Castle fires are now contained and that its bush fire operations are now focused on aerial patrol,

“Fire activity has eased over the past few days with the help of a cooler weather change,” said Incident Controller Greg Wardle from the NSW Rural Fire Service. “We’re expecting forecasted wet weather to see a further easing in fire activity.”

In a further boost, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has also reopened sections of the Blue Mountains National Park including all lookouts, picnic areas and walking tracks from Katoomba to Wentworth Falls.

Blue Mountains branch director David Crust said that more sections of Blue Mountains National Park will continue to be reopened in the coming days and weeks ahead.

“We are pleased to welcome visitors back to many of our popular walking tracks for an opportunity to reconnect with nature in a safe environment,” said Crust. “We encourage everyone to check the NSW National Parks website when planning their visit as more areas are reopened.”

Chinese New Year celebrations are hoped to deliver a boost to the region.

Favourable weather conditions and expected rainfall have also been forecast for the next few days with the longer-term forecast also expected to assist in easing fire conditions even further.

“We have incredible experiences on offer to cater for everyone, and many local businesses who really need your support right now, so please make a day trip or take a long weekend and head back to the Blue Mountains where you will be welcomed with open arms,” said Jason Cronshaw, president of BMT.

The Blue Mountains Scenic World is also hoping its range of activities planned to usher in the Year of the Rat will also give the region a much needed boost.

Previously, up to 12 per cent of Scenic World’s annual visitation from Chinese tourists has come during this two-week period, highlighting the popularity of the festival and the boost that it can bring to tourism in the region.

“Visitation to our region was severely impacted over the Summer, when compared with previous years,” said Scenic World’s chief experience officer Amanda Byrne.

“With Lunar New Year around the corner and more sections of the Blue Mountains National Park continuing to reopen, I’m confident we will start to see visitors coming back to our beautiful part of the world, they will be welcomed with open arms.”