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Travel allowed from June 1

By Olivia Duffey

Camping, recreational travel and holidays will be allowed from June 1 in regional NSW, thanks to a further relaxation of Coronavirus restrictions.

The changes were announced on Wednesday, and Deniliquin could reap the benefits as a prime destination for those travelling post isolation.

Guidelines explain if you are a NSW resident, you can visit anywhere in regional NSW for recreation and holiday purposes.

Some caravan parks and camping grounds will be open, but you must call ahead to confirm any bookings and National Park visitors should check nationalparks.nsw.gov.au to learn more. People must also follow physical distancing, good hygiene practice and understand public health advice is still in place.

Interstate visitors can also travel to NSW for a holiday, but must follow the rules of their home state or territory when returning.

McLean Beach Holiday Park manager Pam Sutton said an influx of visitors will be good for Deniliquin’s economy.

‘‘It would be fantastic to see an increase in travellers to Deniliquin because it is what we, and the economy, need right now,’’ she said.

‘‘We have had more enquiries from Victoria than New South Wales, so we might not see much happen until Victoria’s travel restrictions ease.

‘‘We are prepared and ready as we can be. We are excited and looking forward to getting some travellers and having people move around the Deniliquin area.’’

Mrs Sutton said Deniliquin is the ideal environment to relax, even as the mercury drops, and to try and forget about the isolation we’ve all had to endure.

‘‘Deniliquin is one of the best places in Australia, it is central to a lot of things, quiet, relaxing and part of a welcoming community, all located on the magnificent Edward River,’’ she said.

‘‘It is just a waiting game now and I think some will be hesitant with other states and territories still closed.

‘‘But it will be great when people start coming in, using Deniliquin’s businesses, and supporting us as a small community.’’