A Wonderful Idea: A bunch of Surf Roadie Itineraries To Help Bushfire Affected Towns on the NSW South Coast

2 Jun 2020 0 Share

Photo: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Photo: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

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Surfing NSW have teamed up with Empty Esky – a collective of "foodies and adventurers supporting local businesses affected by the Australian fires" to create travel itineraries for the upcoming Queens Birthday long weekend, aiming to assist with the bushfire recovery on the NSW South Coast.

With Covid-19 regional travel restrictions easing as of yesterday June 1, Australians will be able to leave their homes and go camping, hiking, eat out and stay in accommodation. It's expected there'll be an increase in surf tourism from this coming weekend.

“Surfing and road trips go hand-in-hand and with a coastline like NSW, we couldn't be more excited to develop itineraries for everyone with Surfing NSW to get everyone on the road and have the best long weekend possible,” said Empty Esky co-founder, Eleanor Baillieu. “Coronavirus has brought a second challenge to bushfire affected areas and we're really calling on all Australians to do what they can to help these areas recover again.”

Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden said: “Surfing NSW are proud to introduce Empty Esky’s first itinerary and to promote surfing road trips for the June long weekend. You will see two styles of itineraries; one for families and one for a group of friends. It’s now time to explore and experience the wave-rich south coast and give back to the communities that have reopened after the bushfires.”

1990 World Champion and South Coast local Pam Burridge has put her support behind the cause: "I'd really like to invite everyone back to the NSW South Coast. As you would know, we got hammered by the bushfires in the summertime and we didn't see tourists in the region. Then just before Easter, Australia was struck with Covid-19, so the region has been unable to recover properly. We'd love to welcome you back."

The Empty Esky Surfing NSW itinerary is available online at emptyesky.com.au. For those who can't fill their Esky in person, you can shop online.

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