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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: All LGAs in VIC, ACT and NSW are active hot spots (updated 13/10/21).
  • 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 will extend across the Gregory and Barkly Districts during Wednesday and Thursday with a heat low deepening over the Gregory District. This will allow showers and thunderstorms to gradually become more frequent across the central and western Top End, providing relief from the heatwave, however heatwave conditions will continue to affect the northeast Arnhem District under mostly sunny skies. A ridge extends across southern districts and will build northwards to reach the eastern Top End by the weekend, which will contract showers and thunderstorms north and west.
  • ‘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. 
  • Gibbie Creek 4WD Track - Road Closed - Between Fish Hole yard wickham 4wd track and Gregory National park boundary. (Last updated: 13-10-21).

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: 13/10/21).

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 trough extends from the central Kimberley to the Pilbara coast with a high pressure ridge developing over southern parts of the State. The ridge will drift towards the south coast on Wednesday as the trough begins to deepen over the west Pilbara. The trough will deepen further over the west Pilbara on Thursday and Friday before contracting into the Interior on Saturday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: High
      • West Kimberley Coast: Severe
      • Kimberley Inland: Very High
    • Hot temps (reaching mid 30s 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: 13/10/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A trough extends from the central Kimberley to the Pilbara coast with a high pressure ridge developing over southern parts of the State. The ridge will drift towards the south coast on Wednesday as the trough begins to deepen over the west Pilbara. The trough will deepen further over the west Pilbara on Thursday and Friday before contracting into the Interior on Saturday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: Severe
      • West Pilbara Coast: Severe
      • East Pilbara Inland: Severe
      • Ashburton Inland: Very High
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, temps into the low 30s to high 30s.

  • South West WA:
    • A ridge of high pressure is developing over southern parts of the state as a deep low pressure system is moving northeast through the Bight. The ridge will drift towards the south coast on Wednesday before a trough develops near the west coast on Thursday. The trough will deepen further on Friday then begin to move inland on Saturday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • Cloudy throughout the weekend, with a chance (up to 50%) of showers. Temps into the mid to high teens.
    • Quite extensive road works being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October and November.
    • South Coast Hwy Rutherwood Rd, Torbay - Gravel re-sheeting works - 7am to 5pm daily. Speed reduction and signage in place - minimal delays expected (Updated:13/10/21).

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 over the southern Tasman Sea is moving slowly eastwards. A cold front through the centre of the state will shift into the eastern states during the day today, followed by a deep low pressure system moving up from the Southern Ocean to be centred to the south of the Eyre Peninsula coast overnight tonight. The low will then moving over the Gulf Waters during Thursday morning and into New South Wales later Thursday. A cool to cold southerly airstream will then persist over the State on Friday in the wake of the low, with conditions easing further on the weekend as a high develops over the State.
  • Birdsville Track Closed - Mungeranie to Marree (updated: 13/10/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Some tracks have recently reopened. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, Open (updated: 13/10/21).
  • 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’).

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • From 11:59pm on 8 October 2021: Restrictions are in place for the metropolitan Melbourne, Mitchell Shire and Mildura Rural City Council, LGAs. In an area under restrictions, you must stay within 15km of your home.

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 southern Tasman Sea is directing northeasterly winds across Victoria as a low pressure system and trough cross waters south of the Bight. The trough is forecast to enter western Victoria during the late afternoon, reaching central districts at night before weakening early on Thursday. The low is forecast to approach Adelaide later today before weakening on Thursday as it moves over Victoria, with another low developing over Bass Strait during Thursday evening. This second low is forecast to remain slow moving over Bass Strait and Tasmania during Friday, with winds turning colder southwesterly from the west into Saturday as the low moves over the Tasman Sea and a high pressure system crosses waters south of the Bight.
  • 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).
  • Current border restrictions of high risk areas can be found here.
  • 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: 13/10/21).

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 southeast of Tasmania directs a northeasterly stream over the state. The stream will freshen today as a broad and intense low moves southwest of Adelaide, and further lows develop over southeastern Australia in a trough of low pressure. The main low will weaken on Thursday and move over NSW, while another low develops over northern Tasmania, bringing a moisture rich easterly flow over the state. The active low is expected to slowly move over Tasmania on Friday, then move away to the southeast during Saturday, allowing a strong southerly flow to develop in its wake.
  • 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

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • There is currently a distance restriction 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.
  • Affected regions have restrictions in place.

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 high pressure system to the east of Tasmania stretches a ridge up the coastline, while a trough off the northern coastline will move further east into the Tasman Sea today. A secondary trough over the northern inland will remain in place today, while a deep complex low over the Bight begins to push a cold front into the far southwest. This front will traverse the state during Thursday and push to the northeast by Friday morning. The passage of this front will coincide with increasingly unsettled weather for the state.
  • HAZARD Road damage: Tibooburra to Toona Gate - Toona Gate Rd - Exercise caution - Traffic affected in both directions. (Updated: 06/10/21).

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:13/10/21).
  • Restricted Border Zone with NSW in place 

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 weak trough extends from the Gulf Country to the southern interior. The next trough will enter the state by Thursday and progress rapidly eastwards, assisting the development of thunderstorms about the southeast on Thursday afternoon, some of which maybe severe. The trough will clear the east coast during Friday with a drier airmass following across southern and central regions over the weekend.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - Road Works - 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 : Wompah Gate Road - Road closed to all traffic -Between Tickalara to Wompah Gate (updated: 13/10/21).

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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