Letter From Sydney

All coming up roses for remote Aussie towns

Closure of international borders due to Covid-19 sparks rise in domestic tourism

The Rosebank guesthouse in New South Wales went from empty to fully booked when Covid-19 prevented Australians from travelling abroad.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF RICHARD BEACH
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(SYDNEY) - In February, as Australia's bush fire-ravaged summer ended, Mr Richard Beach and his wife Jenny, the owners of a guesthouse and art gallery in the tiny town of Millthorpe, west of Sydney, were hoping for a fresh start and a return of the tourist trade.

They and the town's other 1,251 residents had endured a horrific drought, followed by the worst bush fires on record. But then the Covid-19 pandemic struck.

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