Where can you go in New South Wales in May 2022? | NSW travel restrictions explained

Here's where you can go now, what you can do and what to keep in mind.

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Stay-at-home orders have been lifted for all residents across New South Wales.

Leisure travel is permitted, though you should continue to practise physical distancing when you're out and about.

Travelling to Sydney? Read our guide on what's open in the city for a list of attractions, restaurants and public areas to visit.

Accommodation in New South Wales

Overnight recreational stays are allowed within the state. This includes stays at family and friends' properties and at paid accommodation, including hotels and Airbnbs.

Can I stay overnight with family and friends?

Yes. You can visitors at your home, including staying overnight.

It's recommended that if you're vulnerable (for example, immunocompromised) or older than 70, you should limit the number of overnight guests.

Can I book a stay at a hotel?

You can book and stay at a New South Wales hotel.

Keep in mind, there may be some changes to check-in and fewer amenities may be available at the hotel.

If you are travelling from another state, you may need to quarantine or self-isolate when you return home as per your state's rules.

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See our top picks for NSW stays:

Romantic Overnight Stay at The Langham Sydney
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Can I stay at a privately owned or paid holiday home such as an Airbnb?

Staying in a holiday home is permitted across the state. This includes a home you own or one you've booked on an accommodation site such as Airbnb and Stayz.

Am I able to book a bed or a private room at a hostel?

Hostels are open to travellers across the state, but there may still be some restrictions in place.

For example, the YHA chain has limited the occupancy in shared dorm rooms. It's offering more sanitisation stations, especially in shared spaces like bathrooms and kitchens.

Base Hostels lets guests to check in with their phone using an app.

At all hostels, physical distancing should be practised.

Is camping and caravanning allowed?

Camping and caravanning are allowed but you will need to practise physical distancing with other campers.

In New South Wales, you can use the shared barbeque and kitchen facilities as long as there is ample physical distancing space per person.

If you're planning a camping trip to a New South Wales national park you may need to reserve a spot in advance.

Tourist attractions in New South Wales

Popular attractions in Sydney including zoos, aquariums, museums and galleries are open.

You can pre-book or purchase vouchers to avoid waiting times.

Some open attractions are:

See our top picks for NSW attractions:

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Are national parks in New South Wales open to visitors?

Most NSW national parks are open to recreational visits, including campsites within the parks. Campsites may need to be pre-booked for overnight stays.

A few parks may be closed for safety reasons or to regenerate. Confirm on the NSW national parks website before heading out to avoid disappointment.

Can I go to beaches and parks?

The opening status of beaches and local parks depends on the local council. Before you hit the surf, check the local council website to make sure you won't have to turn back.

If the beach is open, remember to social distance.

Will ski areas be open this year?

The ski season is open in 2022.

The season-opening dates are as follows:

  • Thredbo: 11 June 2022
  • Perisher: TBC
  • Charlotte Pass: 10 June 2022
  • Selwyn Snow Resort: 11 June 2022

Getting to and from your holiday destination

Am I able to drive anywhere within New South Wales or into the ACT/Canberra?

There are no limitations when driving your own vehicle. You can go anywhere within the state, including into the ACT.

Check out these 10 road trips that take you along the state's most beautiful and unique landscapes.

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