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NSW-Victoria border reopening sparks celebrations in Sydney, Albury and Melbourne

After 138 days the first planes and cars from Victoria have crossed into NSW, sparking wild celebrations at airports and in Albury-Wodonga.

After 138 days the border between the nation’s two most populated states officially reopened at midnight, with a DJ on hand and police blaring their sirens to welcome the first cars across at the Albury-Wodonga checkpoint.

An Elvis Presley impersonator from Wodonga also serenaded the first cars across the river, with a stretch limousine one of the first vehicle to make the journey across.

The first plane to depart Melbourne Airport for Sydney was farewelled with a water cannon salute, while the first Victorians to arrive in NSW were greeted by topless Sydneysiders at the airport gate inspired by the movie Love Actually.

More than 14,000 police had manned checkpoints along the NSW-Victorian border since it was closed on July 8 to try to prevent the spread of Melbourne’s second wave.

Melbourne man Adam de Guara was on the first flight to see his partner Genevieve Wild, who lives in Sydney, after more than five months apart.

Camera IconAdam de Guara embraces his partner Genevieve Wild after arriving in Sydney on the first flight from Melbourne after being apart for five months. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Damian Shaw

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