When the Queensland border closes to all of NSW and the ACT early on Saturday morning there will be tears and cheers in the Orana region including Dubbo.
The region's businesses with customers in the Sunshine State will feel the pinch of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's decision to "put Queenslanders first" in light of a COVID-19 disaster in Victoria and its impact on Greater Sydney.
But tourism operators will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of more NSW residents coming to the region, some of them well-heeled.
Regional Development Australia Orana's director of regional development Megan Dixon has told of the winners and losers of the border closure.
"For those businesses that sell goods and provide services across the border it's not a great thing and an example of that might be an engineering company that supplies services out of our region up to say Mount Isa," she said.
"But from a tourism perspective, border closures will possibly be a good thing and the reason I say that is the bulk of Australian's population does sit in Sydney and those guys will be confined to NSW which will push them out into the regions."
Mrs Dixon looked back to the jump in visitors to the region during July school holidays.
She's been told that Bourke's showground was opened to caravans and their owners after nearby caravan parks put out no vacancy signs.
"What's wonderful is it's actually flowing not only to well-known tourism hotspots like Dubbo and Mudgee but further west," the director said.
Dubbo's Taronga Western Plains Zoo hosted more than 25,000 visitors across three weeks of July.
Mrs Dixon said among visitors were "wealthy baby boomers", unable to travel overseas or sit still.
"..we are hearing of a different market that's coming out," she said.
"They have money, so they are not only coming out for an experience, they're looking for retail, they're looking for food."