Rejuva-ism Now: Aussie Road Trips to support Bushfire affected towns

Published January 10th, 2020

As Australians, and as a travel company, we, like everyone, are absolutely devastated over the nation’s Bushfire Crisis. We and our overarching company (Flight Centre Travel Group) are actively committed to supporting the national and local organisations assisting the communities and the precious wildlife animals in need, and like so many other Aussie businesses, we have made and matched staff donations.

But—we don’t want to leave it there—we can’t go without saying we bloody love this country and exploring our own backyard is valuable, now more than ever.

We’re not asking for you to book with us or offering you a deal, we’re just saying get out there and support these local communities!

It’s time for the great Aussie Road Trip revival! We’re calling it “Rejuva-ism” aka Rejuvenation Tourism. Grab an empty esky, fill up the tank and make plans to visit some of these beautiful country towns in the not-too-distant future, when safe to do so.

Get in touch with us here to plan your trip!



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New South Wales & ACT

Blue Mountains
Distance from Sydney: approx 1 hour
Provisions from Lyttleton Stores, Lawson
Coffee at Kickaboom, Glenbrook
Bilpin Fruit bowl, Bilpin

Nowra & surrounds
Distance from Sydney: approx 2.5 hours
Jervis Bay
Far Meadow Table, Berry



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South Coast: Batemans Bay & surrounds
Distance from Canberra: approx 2 hours
Guerrilla Roasters, Mossy Point
Fish & chips from Innes’ Boatshed, Batemans Bay

Bega & surrounds
Distance from Canberra: approx 3 hours
Stony Creek Farm Distillery
Sprout cafe & local produce, Eden
Sausage roll, Cobargo Bakery



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South Australia

Adelaide Hills wineries
Distance from Adelaide: approx 45 mins
Anderson Hill
Barristers Block
Bird in Hand
Geoff Weaver
New Era
Nova Vita
Riposte Wines
Simon Tolley
Turon Wines

Kangaroo Island
Distance from Adelaide: approx 3 hours
Kangaroo Island Spirits
Stokes Bay Bush Garden
Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours


East Gippsland & surrounds
Distance from Melbourne: approx 4 hours
Seasalt Bakery, Swan Reach
Croajingolong Cafe, Mallacoota
Beechworth Berries, Beechworth



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Check out Turia Pitt & Grace McBride’s #spendwiththem initiative, showcasing local businesses affected by the fires. Even if you don’t make it out on the road, you can order online from a host of businesses that sell locally made goods.

And keep an eye on the @emptyesky instagram with shout outs to local businesses to support along your road trips!

We’re for REAL TRAVEL, and we’re here to help you be a traveller, not just a tourist. Check out our DEALS page for our latest flights, tours & more.

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list, merely a snapshot. The sheer size of the bushfires across the country is so large, there many other towns and communities affected. We urge you to get out and support areas affected both in your own state and interstate.

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