But for others, heartache persists.
There are currently 46,800 Australians registered with the authorities who want to return home.
Paul Harris, 70, is trying to get from New Zealand to Perth with partner Kellie-Jane Pritchard.
Their flight in September was canceled and they have not been able to find another.
Even if they fly to NSW or Victoria, they cannot cross the border.
The couple was sold in Wellington in September and have neither home nor car.
They are also desperate to come back to see his mother, who is 94.
“We are stranded in New Zealand without knowing when flights to Australia may resume,” Harris told 9News.
“We live here now thanks to the charity of our friends.”
Free travel in or out of Australia has not been allowed since the borders closed on March 20, 2020 – almost 600 days ago.
Permission has been required to depart, and strict flight caps have prevented more than a handful of people from being allowed on each flight.
This in turn made flights scary and very expensive.
Professor Tim Soutphommasane, a political theorist at the University of Sydney, told 9News that the travel ban was almost unprecedented globally and had proved “suffering” to thousands of Australians.
“China, Hong Kong and New Zealand are perhaps the only other places that have taken a similar approach,” he said.
“It’s a fundamental right to citizenship that you must be able to get in and out of your country.
“It was unscrupulous that we did not allow other Australians to return home beyond a very small limit of arrivals.
“Some states still hold on to a belief in zero COVID.
“But at some point, everyone in Australia will have to accept that we cannot remove the virus.”
Tourists and other visa holders, such as students, continue to be prohibited from entering unless they can obtain special permission.
This has resulted in labor shortages with NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet eager to give them back.
And workers living in Australia on temporary visas cannot travel either, as they would not be allowed to return.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Trade, said: “We are doing everything we can to help Australians who stay abroad return.
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“Since the start of the pandemic, DFAT has helped over 59,100 Australians return, including over 30,800 people on 200 government – facilitated flights.”