I am traveling from the US to Sydney, NSW Australia from January 3rd to January 11th of 2020 on Qantas.
I have been keeping up with the news on the brush fires NSW is experiencing. I wanted to see if anyone in Australia has any thoughts or advice on visiting during that time, regarding what to do or where to go (day trips, attractions, etc.) to mitigate fire or pollution risk, or if it would be worth it to try and reschedule the trip in the event of really bad fires.
I was also hoping someone might have advice on travel cancellations due to events like brush fires and pollution. I understand this sort of thing is sort of an "act of God", but also, if safety is an issue to even step off the plane somewhere, is there another common reason for canceling or refunding flights (especially on Qantas)?
Thanks for any thoughts or advice, especially if you're in Sydney now, or have had a similar travel experience.
Post Trip Update: Thanks again for all advice! My S.O. and I traveled to Sydney from January 3rd to the 11th and we had a wonderful trip. The only plan we had to change was a day trip to the Blue Mountains - we drove to Royal National Park (which was unaffected by fires) instead and did a coastal hike. All other plans like beaches, surfing, tours, zoo, hikes, walks, food and drink were luckily unaffected. Visibility was occasionally poor in Sydney, I would say we had one evening and one day where smoke was noticeably bad. But even when air quality was deemed hazardous by aqicn, I barely saw masks or people changing their behaviors. People even continued to jog/bike/exercise in all conditions.