The curve has flattened and COVID-19 restrictions are easing - now it's time to dust off the bucket list and start planning to travel again.
Holidays can help us relax and recharge, but 44 per cent of Australians believe coronavirus travel restrictions will make it too hard or impossible to travel, according to an Australian Bureau of Statistics October survey.
However, with a little preparation, travel within Australia can be a rewarding and hassle-free adventure.
Take these tips to keep you safe.
Downsize out of the city
As coronavirus cases continue to emerge, rules around restrictions and border closures keep changing.
If you’re considering a life of extended travel, it may make sense to sell up and move to a permanent base that offers the perfect launchpad for future adventures.
Resort-like over 50s communities, such as Hometown Australia, offer low-maintenance accommodation on some of Australia’s best known coastal spots that can be locked up and left for extended periods when you get tired of being cooped up.
The community homes start at $250,000, allowing retirees to top up their nest egg without having to pay stamp duty or exit fees.
Prepare ahead for flights
Domestic airlines are slowly reintroducing flights and routes, as travel restrictions relax across the country.
Many are also being more flexible in their booking policies, in case you need to change your booking later if necessary.
Travellers should arrive early to avoid delays, because health screenings such as temperature checks may be required before boarding. Airports and flights will include enhanced cleaning, social distancing and changes to in-flight services as a precaution.
Watch out for changed camper and car rental arrangements
Some car and campervan rental providers may have changed operating hours.
Most have enhanced cleaning measures to stay COVID safe.
State border closures could affect hire when travelling interstate. Contact your hire company for more information.
Many companies are offering zero contact pick up and drop off, which will need to be pre-arranged.
Keep sanitiser in the vehicle for easy access and bring disinfectant wipes for surfaces.
Some cruises have returned
While international cruise ships are currently suspended, Australian expedition vessels with less than 100 passengers are allowed to operate in some regions.
The Spirit of Tasmania continues to operate between the mainland and Tasmania.
Check your train timetable
Some interstate train services have been suspended or changed due to state travel restrictions.
Altered bus timetables
Some long-distance bus services are operating with altered timetables and routes.
If you’re travelling interstate, you must follow the relevant state and territory rules.
Taxis and rideshare services
Taxis are continuing to operate, with some areas experiencing limited services.
Rideshare services, including Uber, are also operating with new social distancing measures, cashless payments and more hygiene measures.
Riders should sit in the back if possible and roll down the window for extra ventilation.
Most public transport around Australia is operating as usual with social distancing rules and extra hygiene practices in place.
There may be timetable changes or changed or cancelled routes, cashless fare payment and capacity limits to keep people safe.
Hotels, motels and resorts
Many hotel and accommodation providers are being more flexible and allowing booking changes.
Travellers should obtain the most updated information from official websites and their travel agents or accommodation providers before leaving.
Many major hotels have increased hygiene measures, including contactless check-in and enhanced cleaning. Guests may be provided with sanitiser, wipes and masks.
Holiday homes and rentals
Holiday rental services have new cleaning protocols to keep guests and hosts safe. When booking, remember there may be state-specific restrictions limiting how many guests can stay.
Caravan parks and campgrounds
Many caravan parks are open for bookings, with new physical distancing rules in place.
Shared amenities may be limited and guests must sign a health declaration when entering the park. Some camping grounds are now open, with new booking rules and capacity limits.
Bookings are required at all national parks, including some places where bookings were previously not needed. State-specific rules apply in national park areas.
Wineries and breweries
Many wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries are operating with reduced opening hours while others remain closed. In some areas, tastings may not be available, but takeaway purchases may be allowed.