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NSW South Coast welcomes back tourists as fire threat subsides

Pambula Beach on the NSW South Coast this week. Source: Merimbula Visitor Information Centre

The NSW South Coast tourism haven is back open for business.

Tourists are being welcomed back to the NSW South Coast after authorities said the worst of the extreme weather had passed.

The popular tourist destination has been virtually closed to visitors after a "leave zone" was introduced days after fires destroyed several towns on New Year's Eve.

Most national parks in the area will remain closed until at least February.

"Our very strong message to future visitors is to keep us in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months as you plan your holidays," Bega Valley Shire's Daniel Murphy said in a statement.

Our very strong message to future visitors is to keep us in your thoughts 

Daniel Murphy, Bega Valley Shire

"We continue to offer unique and immersive experiences to our visitors.

"Most of what people love about this place remains and I really believe there is now an opportunity to go deeper and connect with the Sapphire Coast on a new level."

Firefighters were able to prevent any major outbreaks on Friday while favourable conditions have been forecast for the coming week, the Rural Fire Service said.

"Although there is still significant amounts of fire across the area the risk has eased and there are many villages and towns that are now safe for people to visit," it said in a statement.

The Eurobodalla Shire, stretching from Tilba Tilba to Batemans Bay, is still advising people to stay out of waterways due to smoke, ash, debris, potential runoff from burnt areas and sewer overflows.

But the shire's three swimming pools remain have re-opened.

Police urged visitors to observe road closures and respect the privacy of residents who have lost homes by avoiding fire-affected areas.

Potential tourists should also contact operators or accommodation providers before leaving home, police say.

A visitor leave zone remains in place for the Snowy Monaro region, where the Adaminaby Complex fires continue to burn out of control.

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