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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to International Visitors (ex New Zealand)

  • Australia’s international borders are closed. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

Restrictions on New Zealand Visitors

  • From 19 April 2021, quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will commence.
  • The Travel Bubble is currently suspended (29/09/21)
  • Known as green zone travel, it will enable the movement of people between the two countries in a way that is safe and ensures that public health requirements are met.

For more information refer to: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-international-travellers

La Nina -

The Bureau of Meteorology announced the beginning of a La Niña on the 29th September 2020, which most likely means a wet summer period for eastern and northern regions. 

La Niña is a recurring event in our weather cycle, not to be confused with the warmer El Niño, that operates over periods of one to eight years. It manifests when strong equatorial trade winds change ocean currents, drawing cool water up to the surface in parts of the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a pile up of warm surface water east of Australia. This leads to a boost in convection that has a pronounced effect on the global climate.

Every La Niña event is different, but according to the BOM this time Australia is likely to see:

  • More rainfall in Eastern, Central, and Northern Australia
  • Decreased daytime temperatures south of the tropics
  • More tropical cyclones
  • Increased chance of widespread flooding
  • Longer, less intense heat waves in south east of Australia
  • Earlier First Rains across Northern Australia
  • Less risk of fires in areas that receive more rainfall

Northern Territory

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • All arrivals to the Northern Territory must complete 14 days of supervised quarantine at your own expense, if you have recently been in an active declared COVID-19 hot spot. Currently, In VIC: Greater Melbourne, Ballarat, Surf Coast and Shepparton LGAs and all LGAs in ACT and NSW are active hot spots (updated 29/09/21).
  • Travellers to the NT need a NT Border Entry Application
  • Travellers to NT from NSW, VIC or ACT:
    -Entry is now strictly prohibited from current hotspots or public exposure sites without a prior approved exemption.
  • Vaccination status: If a person is fully vaccinated they are still required to follow all test and quarantine directions.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • There are no internal restrictions although any non-residents wanting to go into a remote community must still follow all the requirements of land councils and local communities, including checking if you need a land council permit to go there.

For more information refer to: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine

Regional Update -

  • A trough over central Australia will move northwards and extend across the Barkly and Gregory Districts today and continue until the weekend, with isolated showers and thunderstorms gradually building up in the humid flow to the north of this trough. A weak ridge will develop across central Australia today and deliver slightly cooler conditions across southern districts, although it will remain hot to very hot across central districts. It will become hot and very windy across southern districts on Saturday ahead of a cold front that will move across the region on Sunday.
  • ‘The Dry’ season has started running from May- Oct, but with La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months. 
  • Stuart Highway - Road Closed - Between Yarrawonga Road and Tiger Brennan Drive Off ramp. Detours in place. (Last updated: 29-09-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • WA has introduced a hard border with all states and territories (Excluding TAS, SA and NT) following the evolving COVID-19 situations and outbreak and you are not allowed to travel without an exemption.
  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    Travellers from all states must look at the ‘State Risk Ratings’. 
  • Very low risk states and territories
    (No community cases in 28 days)
    - Not required to quarantine
    - Currently includes: TAS, SA and NT.
  • Low risk states and territories
    (Less than 5 community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average)
    - Must self-quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises
    - Must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA
    - Currently includes: QLD.
  • Medium risk states and territories
    - Must self-quarantine/quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises.
    - No entry without an exemption through G2G PASS.
    - Covid tests required.
    - Must wear face masks until at an isolation location.
    - Currently Includes: ACT.
  • High risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an approval through G2G PASS.
    - if permitted to enter, travellers must self-quarantine/quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises.
    - Covid tests required.
    - Currently Includes: N/A.
  • Extreme risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an exemption.
  • Currently Includes: NSW, VIC.

(Last Update: 29/09/21).

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • Travel is now permitted throughout all regions within WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities.

For more information refer to: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

Regional Update -

  • Kimberley:
    • A broad extends from the inland Kimberley to the Pilbara coast. The trough will begin to move through the Pilbara during today and will deepen further on Thursday. On Friday the deep trough will move through the North Interior ahead of a cold front nearing the west coast of WA during the afternoon.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: High
      • West Kimberley Coast: High
      • Kimberley Inland: High
    • Hot temps (reaching mid to low 40s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Gibb River Rd - Upgrades - Construction and seal 9 km section between Kimberley Downs Road and Kimberley Flats.
      Side track in place for 10 km - traffic management in place with speed restrictions. (Updated:29/09/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A broad extends from the inland Kimberley to the Pilbara coast. The trough will begin to move through the Pilbara during today and will deepen further on Thursday. On Friday the deep trough will move through the North Interior ahead of a cold front nearing the west coast of WA during the afternoon.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • West Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • East Pilbara Inland: High
      • Ashburton Inland: High
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, into the low 30s to high 30s.

  • South West WA:
    • A low lies over the eastern Bight with a second low pressure system to the west of the State. The second low will move well south of the State during today as a cold front moves across the southwest of the state A trough over the Goldfields and eastern parts of the South West Land Division will deepen and move east during Thursday and Friday. with a stronger cold front that crosses western parts of the State during the Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • Quite extensive road works being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October and November.
    • Road Alert: Pemberton Northcliffe Rd North of Callcup Rd - Bridge 0228 - Maintenance - 7am to 7pm daily (Updated:29/09/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


South Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Travellers are permitted to enter providing they have completed the Cross Border Travel Registration Form prior to entry into SA.
  • Border restrictions are in place. From 16 August 2021, any person arriving in South Australia who has been in NSW, ACT or VIC is currently prohibited from entering SA - Exceptions apply.

Internal Travel Restrictions


For more information refer to: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions

La Niña -

More rainfall during spring and summer, wetter soils and an increased chance of flash floods. Reduced bushfire risk with reduced extreme heat waves. More rainfall expected in the north/central areas of South Australia.

Regional Update -

  • A high pressure system centred over the Tasman Sea will move only slowly eastwards during this week. A low pressure trough over central and eastern parts of the State will move over the eastern states later Wednesday. A high pressure ridge will move across from the west later in the week ahead of another trough next weekend.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flood damage (updated: 29/09/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Some tracks have recently reopened. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, Closed (updated: 29/09/21).
  • Road Works: Road Sealing - Strzelecki Track (472km). The SA government will seal the first 50-kilometres, Starting just north of Lyndhurst (until late 2021).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Victoria

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From 11:59pm on 26 February 2021, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.
  • NSW* and ACT are an ‘Extreme Risk Zone’ under Victoria’s Travel Permit System. (*some NSW LGAs are classified as ‘Red Zones’). 
  • Greater Darwin (NT) and Katherine(NT) LGAs are now Green Zones.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • Until the end of September (70% population - one dose Covid Vaccination), Metropolitan Melbourne is under lockdown and heavy restrictions apply including a maximum of 5km from residences travel restriction (exemptions can apply).
  • Regional Victoria will have restrictions in Melbourne, Mitchell and the City of La Trobe shires (Updated: 29/09/21)

For more information refer to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

La Niña -

More rainfall during spring and summer, wetter soils and an increased chance of flash floods. Reduced bushfire risk with reduced extreme heat waves.

Regional Update - 

  • A ridge of high pressure system lies to the south of Victoria, while as a low pressure system over the Bight extends a trough over inland South Australia. Another low centre will develop on the trough over northern South Australia today, then move over western New South Wales by tomorrow evening. This low will slowly move south over Victoria on Thursday and Friday, before moving away to the east of Tasmania early on Saturday morning.
  • Haunted Stream Track: Haunted Stream Track - Tambo Crossing is closed. DELWP are undertaking repairs. Reopening will be dependent on weather conditions.
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures are in effect, Check the list of tracks to close from the 17th June 2021.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Tasmania

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Travellers who have only spent time in a low-risk area in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania do not need to quarantine when they arrive, (excluding the high-risk areas).
  • Low-risk:
    - NT, WA*, SA*, QLD*
  • Medium Risk:
    - (N/A)
  • High Risk:
    - ACT, NSW, VIC
    *= a number of premises have also been declared as high-risk

(Updated: 29/09/21).

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • No restrictions on internal state travel.

For more information refer to: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

La Niña -

More rainfall during spring and summer, wetter soils and an increased chance of flash floods. Reduced bushfire risk with reduced extreme heat waves.

Regional Update -

  • A high over the Southern Ocean extends a ridge south of Tasmania as a broad area of low pressure moves over the southeast of the mainland today and Thursday, over Bass Strait on Friday, then to the east of Tasmania on Saturday.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Dec 20 - Sep 21.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Travelers from VIC and ACT are not allowed to enter into NSW. Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots. Updated 08-09-21
  • You must complete an NSW entry declaration form if you are entering NSW after 5pm on 27 April 2021, and in the previous 14 days have been in any interstate hotspot suburbs.

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • There is currently a 10km limit on the distance that a person may travel in Sydney, NSW Health recommends non-essential domestic travel should be avoided. 
  • Stay-at-home orders are in place across the state of NSW until 28 September 2021.

For more information refer to: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions

La Niña -

More rainfall during spring and summer, wetter soils and an increased chance of flash floods. Reduced bushfire risk with reduced extreme heat waves. More rainfall is expected in most of New South Wales.

Regional Update - 

  • A trough associated with a low pressure system over the Bight will gradually move east, bringing unsettled and stormy weather to much of New South Wales for the remainder of the week. Conditions are expected to settle somewhat on the weekend after the trough reaches the Tasman Sea and a weak high pressure ridge moves overhead.
  • Flood Closures: Tibooburra To Fortville Gate - Cameron Corner Rd - Exercise caution - some Flood closures in place. (Updated: 29/09/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Interstate restrictions are in place. All travellers must complete a Queensland entry pass to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand
  • From 23/07/21, NSW, ACT, JBT and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:29/09/21).

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • No restrictions on internal state travel.

For more information refer to: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions

La Niña -

More tropical Cyclones than normal. Prepare earlier - Rain expected a month earlier, more than 70% chance of above-average rainfall and increased flood risk.

Regional Update -

  • A high pressure system in the Tasman Sea extends a weak ridge across the east of the state. A trough over the interior will move eastward across the state as an upper trough amplifies over southeastern states, the trough is expected to clear offshore of the east coast overnight Friday or early Saturday. Shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to increase over the southern two thirds of the state, along and east of the trough over the next few days. There is a risk of severe thunderstorms across parts of the southern interior today, spreading into the central and southeast parts of the state during Thursday and Friday before clearing offshore by the weekend.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - at Archer River Road.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Areas of concern - Eurong beachfront, Eli Creek, Maheno, Lake McKenzie, Waddy Point beachfront Wathumba and Orchid Beach. Due to increased human-wongari interactions, extra vigilance is required in these areas.
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving.
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Planned burns: QPWS rangers will conduct planned burns in the K’gari (Fraser Island) Recreation Area from April until September 2021.
    • Fraser Island report - 28th September, 2021.
  • South West QLD : Warry Gate Road - Road closed to all traffic -Between Noccundra through to the NSW border (updated: 29/09/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

For more state by state travel information head over to our Travel Information Hub.

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