NSW regional holiday ban lifted! New COVID-19 rules announced

Central Coast holiday itinerary for families on a staycation

The NSW Government has confirmed they will lift the NSW regional holiday ban from June 1, which means we are finally free to leave our homes and holiday in our beautiful state. So much of the countryside was destroyed due to the bushfires in summer, so this is a chance for our to support these communities by holidaying in NSW.

NSW regional travel will be allowed for any reason, including holidays, from June 1, the NSW Government has announced.

NSW regional holiday ban to end on 1 June: The new rules

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says regional travel will recommence from Monday 1 June, which means there is less than two weeks to wait before North Shore Mums can head off on a holiday within NSW.

The Government’s announcement follows the changes made last Friday, including the permitting of up to 10 customers dining in cafes, restaurants and pubs, as well as more park play.

From Friday 15 May, the following was already allowed:

  • public gatherings of up to 10 people
  • food and drink premises can open, but only to seat a maximum of 10 customers at any one time – this includes cafes and restaurants, a restaurant within a registered club or pub, or a cellar door that serves food
  • up to 5 visitors may visit another household at any one time
  • weddings can have up to 10 guests plus the people conducting or assisting in the conduct of the service, a photographer, a videographer, and the couple
  • indoor funerals and memorial services can have up to 20 mourners and outdoor funerals up to 30 mourners
  • religious gatherings and places of worship can have up to 10 worshippers
  • outdoor playground and exercise equipment can be used with caution
  • outdoor pools can open with restrictions

North Shore Mums favourite holiday destinations

Just like earlier in the year when we traveled to regional towns to support bushfire recovery, families who are able to travel and holiday in regional NSW will be giving a much-needed boost to regional retailers and producers.

Here are a few of our recent adventures for some travel inspiration!

Southern Highlands

Rachel spent hours in the paddocks, hanging out with farm animals and exploring the property

Rachel Chappell, Founder of North Shore Mums took her family to a farmstay in the Southern Highlands, at Morvern Valley Farm in Bundanoon earlier in the year. The farmstay is owned and managed by a local family (The Peacocks!) – who live nearby, but not on the farm – which means you are free to explore and enjoy the farm independently (and collect your own eggs), but they’re never far away if you have a question.

More: Holiday here! Morvern Valley Farm Stays, Bundanoon

Central Coast

Regional travel ban lifted

A weekend on the coast for a holiday feels like being a world away from Sydney

A Central Coast holiday is the best way to take a short break out of Sydney without eating up too much time travelling. You can’t go wrong heading an hour up the M1 to the Central Coast! It’s an amazing place to explore as there’s so much to do and see.

More: Central Coast Holiday: A family getaway weekend close to home

Port Stephens

regional travel

Oakfield Ranch Camel Rides depart from Birubi Point, the northernmost point of Stockton Beach

Want to know the best family-friendly attractions and things to do with kids in Port Stephens? With stunning natural beaches and bushland, and a plethora of fun activities to do with kids of all ages, and just a two hour drive from the North Shore, it’s no surprise that Port Stephens is a popular destination for a weekend away or holiday escape for many North Shore families. We’ve compiled our list of fab things to do there.

More: Travel Guide! Family-friendly attractions in Port Stephens


Outdoor table at cottage

The cottage’s expansive yard allows you to birdwatch or keep an eye on the kids exploring!

Darling Cottage, Orange is as charming and pretty as its name suggests, and for our family, it was the perfect choice for a quick getaway. Spending a weekend at the peaceful, sundrenched cottage means waking up to gorgeous sunlit gardens, a chance to explore the lovely surrounds of the town, and getting away from city life for a refreshing few days. Here’s a rundown of our wonderful stay.

More: Darling Cottage, Orange: The picture-perfect place for a family stay


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