Travelling during the bushfire season

Travelling during the bushfire season

The official Australian bushfire season is from October 1 to March 31. If you are travelling during the bushfire season, a fire could affect you. Bush and grass fires often cross roads and highways. Smoke can reduce visibility and roads may be closed without warning. Make sure you have all the information you will need to keep safe.

Download the smartphone application to check Fire Danger Ratings and Bush Fire Alerts for the state/s or territory/s in which you are travelling:

New South Wales




South Australia

Western Australia

Northern Territory

Australia Capital Territory

Please note bush Fire Danger Ratings give you an indication of the possible consequences of a fire, if one was to start. Bush Fire Danger Ratings are based on predicted conditions such as temperature, humidity, wind and the dryness of the landscape. The higher the fire danger rating, the more dangerous the conditions.

Check weather conditions on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Check useful phone numbers. In an emergency always call Triple Zero 000

Pack an Emergency Survival kit, including a working battery-operated radio, protective clothing, woollen blankets and water.

If caravanning or camping, read the Caravan and Camping Bush Fire Safety fact sheet or brochure.

If bushwalking read the Bush Fire Safety for Bushwalkers fact sheet or brochure.

For more information and what to do if you get caught in a fire, please visit the Rural Fire Service website.

The air quality in Canberra and the surrounding region continues to fluctuate. We are currently monitoring the situation. Should the conditions change, we may need to make changes to opening hours at short notice. Please follow our Facebook page for any further updates.