The autumn edition of The Standard's Out & About is now available, highlighting keys events that are happening int he south west for the season.
Among the tourism stories this edition is a one with a bit of a difference, encouraging people to "stay at home" for our holidays.
Given what the nation has endured over summer, there has been a concerted push to ensure we do all we can to help with the survival of the many small towns impacted by fire.
While we can't all hold a hose or look after injured wildlife, we can all make the decision to take our next holiday, or even just a weekend away, in support of regional communities.
Whether or not they have been affected by recent fires, so many of them rely on tourism for their livelihood and need visitors to know they are open for business.
So when it comes to your next getaway, why not holiday at home?
"A short visit goes a long way" is the call to arms by Visit Victoria to encourage people to get behind communities by visiting regional Victoria.
"While some parts of the state are experiencing challenging conditions, many regional destinations have not been impacted and are welcoming visitors," Visit Victoria chief executive officer Brendan McClements said.
"In the weeks and months to come, our priority will be to ensure communities, visitors and tourism operators who have been affected by the bushfires are supported, as well as continuing to support other regions which have not been impacted.
"We will continue to rally behind affected communities to help them recover as quickly as possible and encourage people to visit as soon as it's safe to do so."
Visit Australia has also launched a "Holiday Here This Year" campaign, asking Australians to get out, see the country and explore what's on their doorstep.
- Read The Standard's Out & About Autumn 2020 HERE