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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

All of New Zealand is now at Alert 1. From Thursday, 25 February 2021, any traveller from New Zealand who has been in a hotspot for any period over the previous 14-days, is not eligible to travel on a quarantine-free (green zone) flight.

 

On April 18, 2021, at 11:59pm the Australia / New Zealand travel bubble will officially begin. This will be the first time there will be two-way quarantine-free travel between the two countries since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information on travel into Australia 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 14/04/21).

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 -

  • Due to the passing of Mr M. Na-gangila Bangalang, prominent and important Senior Murrwan Traditional Owner in the Erre Region and member of the Kakadu National Park Board of Management.
    Out of our respect for Nakangila and in line with cultural practice and the wishes of the Traditional Owners from the Erre (East Alligator) region, parts of Kakadu National Park are closed until further notice.
    This includes the East Alligator River itself, the upstream and downstream boat ramps and Ubirr. Link to Kakadu Access Report 
  • A cooler and fresh southeast change will follow a trough moving through southern districts on Wednesday. This dry, cooler and windy surge will make its way north through the Territory, reaching the Top End early in the weekend, contracting any showers and storms over the Top End to the coasts. A weak cloud band may bring a few showers and areas of rain to areas to the southwest on Wednesday and Thursday before the cloud clears on Friday.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Nathan River Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Ryans Bend road intersection and Roper Highway (Last updated: 14-04-21).
  • Javelin Road Dundee - Road Closed - Road Damage - Barramundi Boat Ramp ( 6 Pack Creek Ramp) Closed. (Last updated: 14-4-21).
  • Napperby Property Access - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Stuart Highway intersection and Napperby Station (Last updated: 14-4-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Queensland is now a ‘Low Risk’ State

Travellers from Victoria are able to enter WA without self-quarantine.

Travel from all other 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:

  • Travellers from Queensland will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions
  • 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, 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 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 (N/A).

(Last Update: 14/4/21)

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 lies over the western Pilbara and will slowly move east before weakening on Wednesday. By Thursday a new trough will extend from the inland Kimberley to the Pilbara coast.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Very Hot temps expected with a slight chance (20%) of showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (Updated: 14-04-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A trough lies over the western Pilbara and will slowly move east before weakening on Wednesday. By Thursday a new trough will extend from the inland Kimberley to the Pilbara coast.
    • Fire Risk:
      -East Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -West Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -East Pilbara Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Ashburton Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • 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 strong ridge is developing over southern parts of the State until Wednesday, with onshore flow persisting along the south coast. The ridge weakens during Thursday and Friday.
    • Low-Moderate Fire risk.
    • 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

  • Restrictions on Australian travellers and those from NZ (who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

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 will move northeast across the North East Pastoral District while a ridge of high pressure extends over the remainder of the State and will persist for the remainder of the week. A weak front is expected to move across southern coasts during the weekend.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 14/04/21).
  • North East of state - Floods closures, Most tracks closed due to floods. (updated: 14/4/21).
  • 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.​
  • No Active hotspots declared.

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 cold front over central Victoria early this morning will clear to the east by this afternoon as a deep low pressure system moves south of Tasmania. Another front is expected to cross the State later on Thursday, while a high near WA is expected to extend a ridge across the State on Friday ahead of another cold front which is forecast to cross Victoria on Saturday.
  • 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 have finished, with tracks reopening from 30/11/20.

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)

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 cold front will clear to the east of Tasmania early this morning with a strong westerly stream to follow. Another cold front will cross during Thursday morning bringing a cool southwesterly change. The stream will tend westerly on Friday then continue on Saturday.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Sep 20 - Mar 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 29 March 2021, and in the previous 14 days have been in the suburbs covered by Brisbane City Council, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Ipswich City or Redland City.

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 lies over the Tasman Sea, and will maintain a ridge across the north for the coming days. Meanwhile, a cold front and associated trough are expected to cross southern parts of the state on Wednesday, generating windy conditions across the southeast. This will be followed by the passage of another cold front on Friday.
  • Flood Closures throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner. (Updated: 14/04/21)

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From 6am 15/04/21 Mandatory mask wearing requirements will be eased for all of Queensland.
  • NZ has updates on travellers from this location.

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 high over the Tasman Sea extends a strengthening ridge along the coast, weakening later in the week as a new trough deepens over western parts Thursday. The trough moves offshore of the southeast coast on Friday with a new ridge strengthening in its wake over the weekend. A weak tropical low east of Papua New Guinea may move southward into the northern Coral Sea by the end of the week.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - at Archer River Road.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Planned building maintenance will be in progress between 16 March to 1 May in the following areas: Lake Garawongera; Lake Allom; Birrabeen Lookout; Binaroo walker’s camp; Ungowa; Coolooloi day use area. During this time, toilet blocks will remain partially OPEN
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving (Updated 31/03/21).
    • 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: 24/03/21).

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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