Road Closures & Track Conditions- 14th May

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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.

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 there are no active hotspots (updated 12/05/21).

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 high moving across waters south of the Bight extends a strong ridge across central Australia, bringing cooler conditions across the southern half of the Territory and progressively drier conditions across the Top End. The ridge will strengthen further from Friday as another stronger high approaches the Bight.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Javelin Road Dundee - Road Closed - Road Damage - Barramundi Boat Ramp ( 6 Pack Creek Ramp) Closed. (Last updated: 12-05-21).
  • Kurundi Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Canteen Creek turn-off and Murray Downs Elkedra road (Last updated: 12-05-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Travel from all states into WA is now classified as ‘Very Low risk’.

Effective from 12.01am, Monday 19 April, based on the latest health advice and pending no further outbreaks:

  • WA Health has issued Tier 1 and Tier 2 advice for recently returned travellers from Victoria following a public health alert issued for parts of Melbourne. A Victorian list of exposure sites.
  • Travellers from New Zealand will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions.

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, QLD, SA, ACT, VIC, NSW 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 (N/A).

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 (N/A).

(Last Update: 12/05/21)

Internal Travel Restrictions

People in Perth and Peel LGAs – and anyone from Perth and Peel in other regions of WA – must now wear a mask inside and outside.

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 high pressure system lies over southeastern Australia, with a weak trough developing near the Pilbara and Kimberley coasts. A new high pressure ridge will develop south of the State on Thursday, with fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds developing over northern parts from Friday morning.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Hot temps (High of low-mid 30s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Road Open to High Clearance 4WDs and trucks under 15t ONLY. Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (Updated: 12-05-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A high pressure system lies over southeastern Australia, with a weak trough developing near the Pilbara and Kimberley coasts. A new high pressure ridge will develop south of the State on Thursday, with fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds developing over northern parts from Friday morning.
    • Fire Risk:
      -East Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -West Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -East Pilbara Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Ashburton Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Exmouth Gulf Coast: Low-Moderate
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Nanutarra Munjina Rd - between Paraburdoo Tom Price Rd and Hamersley Rd - Flooding (Updated: 14-04-21).
  • South West WA:
    • A cold front will move over southwestern parts of the Southwest Land Division today and then weaken. A ridge will strengthen along the south coast in the wake of the cold front during Thursday and Friday.
    • Fire Risk: Geographe: High
      Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • 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 are permitted to enter providing they have completed the Cross Border Travel Registration Form prior to entry into SA.
  • After 12:01 am, 7 May 2021, all people including Essential Travellers and SA residents who have been at a specified NSW COVID-19 case location listed on the NSW Gov website are subject to Level 6 travel restrictions and not permitted to enter SA. Exemptions can apply.
  • People who arrived in South Australia before 12:01 am on 7 May 2021, who were present in the New South Wales restricted zone are subject to Level 5 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 high pressure system is centred in the southern Tasman Sea and is extending a ridge back over the Bight. This ridge will weaken before a cold front passes over the south of the State on Thursday. Another high will develop in the wake of the front, initially centred to the south of WA and extending a ridge over South Australia before moving eastwards to be centred south of the Bight on Sunday.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 12/05/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Most tracks have reopened. Birdsville Track - Mungeranie to Marree 4WD only (updated: 12/05/21).
  • 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 -

No Interstate Restrictions

  • From 11 Jan 2021, All travellers will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.​
  • Perth and Peel, WA LGAs have been declared Green Zones (as of: 10-05-21).

No Internal Travel Restrictions

There are no internal travel restrictions.


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 high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge across western Victoria which will move slowly east and weaken overnight and early Thursday. The first in a series of cold fronts will cross the State during Thursday, with further fronts following on Friday and Saturday. A high pressure system will eventually establish itself over Bight waters during the weekend.
  • 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 coming into effect, with tracks to close from the long weekend in June 2021.
  • Alpine National Park: The following roads/tracks are subject to early seasonal road closures from 8 May 2021: Golden Ridge Track, Kelly Lane, King Spur Track, Long Spur Track, Shepherds Creek Track, Davies Plain Track, and Kings Plain Track. 

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).
High risk areas include:
-Perth Metropolitan Region
-Peel Region
-Melbourne Sites
-NSW sites
(Updated: 05/05/21).

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 pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge across Tasmania which will move slowly east and weaken today, allowing a northeasterly stream to tend more northerly. A cold front will cross the state Thursday afternoon, replaced by a weak ridge in the evening, before another cold front early Friday and an associated low passes to the south. A cold southwesterly flow will persist as an embedded trough crosses early on Saturday.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Dec 20 - Jul 21.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

No Interstate Restrictions

Travelers from other Australian States and Territories (Except QLD), who have not been overseas, may enter without applying for a permit. Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.
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 hotspot suburbs.

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 over the southern Tasman Sea cradles a trough along the NSW coast. The trough will linger today before a weakening cold front crosses western and southern NSW on Thursday. A series of cold fronts crossing Victoria and Tasmania will maintain southwesterly flow across NSW from Friday through the weekend.
  • Flood Closures reopening throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner - Exercise caution . (Updated: 05/05/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From 12pm AEST Tuesday 27 April 2021, the Perth and Peel regions of WA are no longer declared COVID-19 hotspots.
  •  NZ has updates on travellers from this location.
  • Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in:
  • The Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia on or since 17 April 2021
  • The Melbourne Airport, Victoria on 21 April 2021
  • New Zealand on or since 17 April 2021.
  • Anyone who has been to an interstate exposure site must complete 14 days quarantine.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

No Internal Travel Restrictions.


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 strengthening ridge extends over the west of the state, while a trough remains lies over the eastern interior. Another trough will move onto the southeast coast today as an upper trough amplifies over the state. These systems will clear offshore of the east coast overnight or early Thursday morning. A ridge will strengthen with a cool and dry airmass spreading across the state in their wake.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - at Archer River Road.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Planned bridge maintenance works on the Wanggoolba Creek vehicle bridge will be in progress from 8-19 May 2021. During this time the junction of Bennetts Road and Lake McKenzie Road, south to the Wanggoolba Road junction will be closed.
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving (Updated 28/04/21).
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
  • South West QLD : Camerons Corner Road, Cameron Corner - Floods - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice (updated: 10/05/21).

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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