Authorities allow some areas of South Coast to reopen to holidaymakers and other visitors

Holiday Haven Lake Conjola Caravan Park was deserted after the New Year's Eve bushfire. Picture: James Brickwood / The Sydney Morning Herald
Holiday Haven Lake Conjola Caravan Park was deserted after the New Year's Eve bushfire. Picture: James Brickwood / The Sydney Morning Herald

Areas not directly impacted by the bushfires on the state's South Coast have been given the go-ahead to reopen for holidaymakers and other visitors.

The move followed an assessment meeting by NSW Police, NSW Rural Fire Service, Transport for NSW and local councils.

Police said the eastern areas of the South Coast, such as the Shoalhaven, Basin and Far South Coast (Eurobodalla), where people normally holiday at this time of year, may now be in a position to re-open for business.

People who wish to travel to these areas are encouraged to contact their destination operators or accommodation providers to ensure they are operating before they set out.

However, some roads remain closed and only accessible to local residents.

For up-to-date information on traffic conditions, visit: livetraffic.com.

"Visitors are urged to observe road closures and respect the privacy of residents who have lost homes by avoiding fire-affected areas," Local Emergency Controller, Inspector Dave Cockram from NSW Police said.

"There are numerous coastal villages ready and waiting to welcome visitors," he said.

One of many uplifting stories to come out of the bushfires. Amanda Findley, Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council (far left) and holidaymaker Brett Cripps with 11 people and their dog, whom he saved at Lake Conjola on New Year's Eve by cramming them into a small boat after his house caught fire. Picture: Facebook

One of many uplifting stories to come out of the bushfires. Amanda Findley, Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council (far left) and holidaymaker Brett Cripps with 11 people and their dog, whom he saved at Lake Conjola on New Year's Eve by cramming them into a small boat after his house caught fire. Picture: Facebook

There are still some fires on the South Coast west of the Princes Highway.

Although favourable weather conditions were predicted over the coming days, people who wished to travel to the South Coast should keep up to date with fire activity by monitoring the fires near me app.

National Parks remain closed until 1st February 2020.