The state border war is finally over as Queensland welcomes back Victorians and Sydneysiders from Tuesday.
After 250 days strict closures and heated exchanges between state leaders, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has reopened the border from December 1.
Cars queued up at the border between NSW and Queensland on the Gold Coast as the closure was lifted at 1am, while travellers on the first flight into Brisbane from Melbourne will be greeted with a train of Christmas gifts at the baggage carousel.
Thousands of travellers are expected to descend on the Sunshine State from Sydney and Victoria as the requirement to quarantine is lifted.
Queensland has had some form of border control in place since March 26 when the coronavirus pandemic first took hold in Australia.
Melbourne woman Jenny Folley was on one of the first flights to Queensland and will finally be reunited with her daughter and grandchildren after 10 months.
Ms Folley was “overcome with emotion” on Tuesday morning as she prepared to board her 8am flight and said she could not sleep on Monday night because of the excitement.
“It’s been a very hard and long 10 months not seeing my daughter and grandchildren – there have been some really tough moments,” she said.
“I couldn’t sleep all night, I’m just so incredibly excited and just want to get on that flight.”
The Brighton woman, who also co-runs her own business on the Gold Coast with her daughter, expects to be warmly greeted by her grandchildren, aged 3 and 6, when she touches down at Brisbane Airport at 10am.
“Their main anguish is to see me – we’ve been talking every day, but it’s not the same as a big hug and face-to-face,” Ms Folley said.