A New England local government area, which does not even share a border with the sunshine state, is set to be added to the Queensland border bubble.
Glen Innes, south of the bubble town of Tenterfield, does not border Queensland, but will have travel restrictions lifted in just over a week, while Inverell and Gwydir Shires, which do share at least some border, have been left out in the cold.
The announcement that the entire Glen Innes local government area (LGA) would be added to the border bubble from October was a major boost for residents with chronic medical problems, a local agent said.
Residents of Glen Innes, just four hours from Brisbane or Toowoomba, tended to look to the sunshine state for medical care.
Many patients have found themselves trapped on the southern side of the border, local Nutrien Harcourts agent Jim Ritchie said.
"I know a fellow from Deepwater that under the old bubble he couldn't go up there for treatment - that's where all his specialists were," he said.
"A heap of people would be doing their medical requirements up there. It's the closest major area for your medical [treatment]. A lot of people's specialists are up that way. So the border lockdown was a very difficult thing for anybody requiring their regular treatments up there, I would have thought."
The entire Glen Innes LGA is set to be added to the border bubble from 1am on October 1, alongside Byron Shire, Ballina, the city of Lismore and the Richmond Valley.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was scathing of the Queensland Premier.
"I know by the volume of calls to my electorate office already, how frustrated and fed up legitimate border residents are of not being able to conduct their regular business with Queensland.
"Again, I have written to the Queensland Premier and Chief Health Officer appealing for them to include Inverell and Gwydir Shires, bringing into force a border zone which matches what has been called for since the hard border was reestablished in August."
Ordinarily residents of NSW must do a fortnight's quarantine if they travel to Queensland.
But people who live in areas covered by the bubble can apply for a permit that allows them to travel anywhere in the state without going into quarantine. Queenslanders can also travel south.
Mr Ritchie hoped some Queenslanders would take the opportunity to take a holiday in the New England region.