Road Closures & Track Conditions- 13th November

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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to international visitors (ex New Zealand)

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

Restrictions on New Zealand visitors

New Zealand visitors (from non-hotspot regions) are permitted to travel to Australia without requiring quarantine except if they are visiting Queensland and WA.


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, which most likely means a wet spring and 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 Melbourne Metro only). No quarantine required for the rest of Australia and NZ (from non-hotspot areas)

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 severe heatwave will continue north of Tennant Creek for a couple more days due to mostly sunny conditions caused by a ridge of high pressure across the Top End, which is leading to very hot daytime temperatures and above average overnight temperatures. In the south, a trough is moving across southern districts and is followed by a weak cool change. As this trough moves northwards into central districts, the ridge across the Top End will weaken, leading to an increase in showers and thunderstorms across the north from Thursday and a breakdown of the heatwave. From Friday, another trough will develop over WA and cause showers and thunderstorms to gradually spread southwards into southern districts.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park: Road to Butterfly Gorge Nature Park, closed due to flooding.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

From Saturday, 14 November, WA will change its border policy. Every state and territory in Australia will need to record a 14-day rolling average of less than 5 community cases per day of COVID-19 for Western Australia’s new controlled interstate border arrangement to be introduced.

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, QLD, SA, ACT 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 NSW and VIC

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 trough lies from the inland Kimberley to the North Interior and to the inland Pilbara.
      • Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of shower/thunderstorms throughout the week.
      • Fire Danger: North Kimberley Coast: High. West Kimberley Coast: Very High. Kimberley Inland: High.
      • Broome - Cape Leveque Rd, from Manari Rd to Beagle Bay - Sealing works (Updated:11/11/20).
  • Pilbara: 
      • A trough lies from the inland Kimberley to the North Interior and to the inland Pilbara.
      • Sunny. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h.
      • Fire Danger: Very High-Severe all areas across the Pilbara.
      • North West Coastal Hwy, Karratha - Sherlock River Bridge - Maintenance - Approach Slab and Guardrail works - 90 km east of Karratha.
  • South West WA:
      • A high pressure ridge develops near the south coast during today. A weak cold front approaches the southwest of the State Thursday evening and moves through the Southwest Land Division during Friday. Another cold front will reach the west coast late Saturday afternoon.
      • Quite extensive road works being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October and November.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

South Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Travellers from Victoria are not permitted to enter SA. No restrictions on other Australian travellers and those from NZ (who haven't been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). SA and Victorian cross-border community members will be able to travel within a 70 km border zone, without needing a reason to do so. Also Victorians looking to relocate to South Australia permanently or for work purposes, providing criteria around accommodation and/or employment in SA can be met can enter but must quarantine for 14 days. Restrictions being reviewed on 13 November with indications of a possible easing of Victorian requirements.

No Internal travel restrictions

Travel within South Australia is unrestricted. People are free to visit regional areas.


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 trough of low pressure over eastern districts early Wednesday morning will move over the far northeast by Wednesday evening. A deep low pressure system south of the Bight will move across waters south of SA during Wednesday and then slide southeastwards on Thursday, as a new high pressure system moves over the west of SA early Friday. Another trough will move across from the west over the weekend.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding.
  • Far North East of SA, Floods closures reopened.
  • Road Works: Road Sealing - Strzelecki Track (472km). The SA government will seal the first 50-kilometres, Starting just north of Lyndhurst (until late 2021).
  • Closed Tracks due to rain - Coongie Track to Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park, 15 Mile Track, Mereenie Loop, Kings Marker, Ski Beach Campground, Wills Grave, Minke Waterhole Campground, Old Strzelecki Track (on Innamincka Regional Reserve only), Bore Track North.
  • Bore Track South – Closed until further notice.
  • Walker Crossing Public Access Route.
  • Open to 4WD - Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burke’s Grave, Queerbidie, Policemans.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Victoria

Border Update -

No Interstate Restrictions

No interstate travel restrictions.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

Stage Three restrictions in place but the internal travel restrictions between Melbourne Metro and Regional Victoria have been lifted.


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 - 

  • Mount Buffalo NP: Most tracks have reopened. Including: Lake Catani Access Rd.
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place. Reopenings to take place on 29/10/20 and 30/11/20.
  • A high pressure system over the Tasman sea will drift slowly eastward as a low pressure system and associated trough moves over the Bight. The trough will enter western Victoria this afternoon, reaching central districts during the evening before crossing the rest of the State early on Thursday as the low moves south of Tasmania. A new high pressure system will develop over the Bight later on Thursday before extending a ridge across Victoria on Friday. The high will then move over the NSW coast on Saturday as a low pressure trough develops over South Australia.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Tasmania

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

People travelling from all states (plus NZ) except Victoria will be able to travel to Tasmania without being required to quarantine. The Tasmanian Government has flagged 1 Dec as a possible opening date for the border with Victoria but this may be brought forward if case numbers remain low.

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 pressure centre over the Tasman Sea is directing a hot northerly flow over Tasmania. The high will move away later on Wednesday as an area of low pressure and an associated front approaches Tasmania. The low will pass to the south of Tasmania on Thursday, with the front to cross the state during Thursday morning. The low moves away to the southeast during Friday as a high builds over southeastern Australia, with the high to extend a ridge over northern Tasmania on Saturday.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Sep 20 - Mar 21.
  • Wharf Access Road Underpass on the Bass Highway near the Burnie Port has reopened.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria. The NSW government has announced to reopen the border with VIC on 23 Nov. Currently, only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW if they have been in Victoria in the last 14 days. Note there are special exemptions for NSW/VIC border residents. No quarantine required for the rest of Australia and NZ (from non-hotspot areas).

No internal travel restrictions

There is currently no limit on the distance that a person may travel, however NSW Health recommends non-essential domestic travel should be avoided.


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 expected in most of New South Wales.

Regional Update - 

  • A high pressure system east of Tasmania is extending a ridge north along the New South Wales coast, leading to generally benign weather across the east of the state. This system will slowly drift east across the Tasman Sea, to be located near New Zealand by Friday. A broad and slow-moving trough of low pressure will enter the far southwest today and track across the interior of the state on Thursday and the east on Friday, bringing a period of unsettled weather.
  • Cameron Corner: Omicron to Cameron Corner - Flooding expected.
  • Tibooburra to Wompah Gate, Silver City Highway:  Adverse Weather. (Updated: 11.11.2020).
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.
  • Sturt National Park: Toona Gate Road is open with caution to 4WD's only.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

QLD has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria and 32 NSW Local Government Area’s (Greater Sydney). An improved Queensland Border Declaration Pass system will be in place from 2-Nov-20. Note there are special exemptions for QLD/NSW border residents. No quarantine required for the rest of Australia.

No internal travel restrictions

Queenslanders can travel anywhere in Queensland for any reason. There is no limit on distance. You can stay overnight anywhere in Queensland for as many nights as you like


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 in the Tasman Sea extends a ridge over the east of the state. The high will move slowly east as it weakens over the next few days, weakening the ridge. A trough will move into the southwest today, slowly crossing the southern interior later in the week.
  • Cape York: Kennedy Developmental Road - The Lynd to Hughenden upgrade underway (Updated: 11/11/20).
  • Gregory Developmental Road: Pavement Repair, Greenvale / Southern Cross, Works both directions (Updated: 11/11/20).
  • Fraser Island:
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. 
    • Lake Wabby scenic drive impassable to Pile Valley road (Until: 01.01.2021).
    • Lake Garawongera scenic drive impassable to Poyungan road (Until: 01.01.2021).
    • Temporary closure of Beach camping zone 4 (Guluri, Eli) and 5 (Maheno, Wahba) due to increased wongari (dingo) activity (Until: 30.11.2020).
    • Central Station Redevelopment - Planned upgrade Central Station Cottage and Museum (Until: 31.10.2020).
  • South West QLD : Coorabulka Road, Diamantina Developmental Road, Davenport Road, Innamincka Road, closed due to Heavy rains/Flooding (Updated:11/11/20).
  • Slashers Creek Road, (East of Boulia) has reopened.

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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