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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to International Visitors (ex New Zealand)

  • Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can travel overseas without an exemption. Depending on the state or territory of arrival, there may be reduced quarantine requirements when they enter Australia. Learn more about vaccinations, pre-flight testing and travel requirements.

Restrictions on New Zealand Visitors

  • Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia has recommenced from 1 November 2021.
  • Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand remains suspended. From Mon 17 Jan 2022 fully vaccinated eligible travellers can travel to New Zealand from Australia without staying in managed isolation and quarantine.

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 24th November 2021, 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

  • Visitors to the Northern Territory (NT) will not be permitted entry if they are from a declared Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site. Any visitors from these areas will be turned around and may be subject to a fine.
  • You will only be allowed to enter the NT if:
    - You are a returning Territorian, have not been in a Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site in the past 14 days, or belong to one of the automatic approval categories or have received approved exemption NT after submitting an NT Border Entry Application.
  • Currently: All LGAs in VIC, ACT and NSW are active hot spots (updated 16/12/21).
  • Vaccination status: If a person is fully vaccinated they are still required to follow all test and quarantine directions.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • If you're in a lockdown area, you must stay at home. You can't leave the lockdown area to travel to another location in the Territory.
  • Katherine, Beswick, Binjari and Rockhole are no longer in a lockout. Mask rules are in place for some areas in the Northern Territory — go to Face masks – Northern Territory in the Restriction Checker for more information.
  • Kalkarindji, Daguragu, Timber Creek and Gilwi are in a lockout until 2pm on Friday 17 December 2021.
  • Under a lockout, fully vaccinated residents can live normally within the lockout area. Everyone must wear a mask outside of their place of residence. Travel is not permitted outside of the lockout area.

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

Regional Update -

  • Showers and thunderstorms throughout much of the Territory due to a heat low over WA that extends a trough across the base of the Top End. A ridge strengthening across the southern NT will gradually contract showers and thunderstorms north and westwards by the weekend to the Top End and along the western border.
  • ‘The Dry’ season has concluded, with La Niña conditions expected. 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: 09/12/21).
  • Central Australia has seen significant rainfall in the last few weeks. Some tracks in southern NT are closed or impassable.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From Sat 5 Feb 2022, WA will embark on its Safe Transition and ease interstate and international borders. 
  • WA has introduced a hard border with all states and territories (Excluding TAS) 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.
  • 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: NT and 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 and SA.
  • 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: NSW (Until end of Friday 17th Dec).
  • Extreme risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an exemption.
  • Currently Includes: VIC and (NSW from Saturday 18th Dec).

(Last Update: 16/12/21).

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 heat trough over the North Interior extends southwest. On Thursday and Friday, the trough will move eastwards to be located near the border on Friday. Another trough will develop near the Pilbara coast, extending to the North Interior, from Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: High
      • West Kimberley Coast: Very High
      • Kimberley Inland: High
    • Hot temps (reaching high 30s to mid 40s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Floods - Gibb River Rd from Mt Barnett to Kalumburu T/O - Flooding (Updated: 16/12/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A heat trough over the North Interior extends southwest. On Thursday and Friday, the trough will move eastwards to be located near the border on Friday. Another trough will develop near the Pilbara coast, extending to the North Interior, from Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: Severe
      • West Pilbara Coast: Severe
      • East Pilbara Inland: Severe
      • Ashburton Inland: Extreme
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: Severe
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, temps into mid to low 40s.
    • Nanutarra - Burrup Road, Dampier - Road Block - Road closed to all vehicles. Emergency Services Onsite. Seek Alternative Routes. (Updated: 24/11/21).

  • South West WA:
    • A broad trough lies over the inland Gascoyne and South West Land Division. The trough will move eastwards to be over the Goldfields/Southeast Coastal district on Thursday, and near the border on Friday. A cold front will move over the southwest of the state on Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: High
    • Cloudy throughout the rest of the week, with a chance (up to 80%) of showers. Temps into the high 20s.
    • Quite extensive road works are being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October, November and December.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


South Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From the 23rd November 2021, all people planning to travel to South Australia from interstate and overseas, including returning South Australians, must apply through EntryCheck 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.

  • Very low risk
    - No evidence of COVID-19 community transmission.
    - No entry conditions other than vaccination.
  • Low risk
    - Evidence of COVID-19 community transmission
    - Population rate of full dose vaccination 90% or higher
    - Negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA
    - Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA.
  • Moderate risk
    - Evidence of COVID community transmission
    - Population rate of full dose vaccination 80% or higher
    - Pre-arrival negative test result taken within 72 hours before arrival
    - Test upon arrival and quarantine until negative test result
    - Test on the 6th day after arrival
    - No entry to high risk settings for 7 days
    - Symptom checking for 14 days after arrival
  • High risk
    - Evidence of COVID-19 community transmission
    - Population Rate of full dose vaccination 80% or lower
    - Negative COVID-19 test result received in 72 hours prior to arrival in SA
    - Quarantine as directed for 7 days after arrival
    - COVID-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in SA
    - COVID-19 test again on days 6 and 13
    - Daily symptom check for 14 days after arrival using HealthCheck SA
    - No entry to high risk settings for 14 days after arrival
    - No entry to COVID Management Plan events for 14 days after arrival.

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 south of Kangaroo Island will move to be centred near Tasmania tonight then over the Tasman Sea on Friday. Increasing northerly winds will result in very hot conditions throughout on Friday ahead of a cold front expected to move over the west of SA in the afternoon and evening then over most remaining parts on Saturday and the far northeast on Sunday. A high pressure ridge will extend across the south later in the weekend and early next week.
  • Rain Closures: Large amounts of outback SA roads have been closed due to poor weather. Most have reopened  and others have restrictions  (updated: 16/12/21).
  • Birdsville inside Track Closed - Mungeranie to Marree (updated: 16/12/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Most tracks have reopened with some warnings. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border (updated: 16/12/21).
  • 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

  • Domestic visitors to Victoria no longer need to get a travel permit to enter the state, regardless of their vaccination status, unless they have been overseas in the past 14 days.
  • You are not required to quarantine or hold a permit to enter Victoria from another Australian state or territory to visit, work, transit, or if you are a cross-border resident.

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • From 11:59pm 18 November 2021: Restrictions have eased for the state of VIC.

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 western Bass Strait will move over the Tasman Sea early on Friday, while a low pressure trough crosses the Bight. The trough will enter western Victoria on Saturday morning, reaching central districts during the afternoon. A strong cold front will then cross Victoria on Sunday as a high pressure ridge develops to the west. The ridge is expected to extend across Victoria on Monday as 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: Seasonally Closed tracks have reopened, Check the list of tracks open/closed.

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).
  • New entry conditions for Tasmania from December 2021
  • From 15 December 2021:
    -Register your travel with Tas e-travel
    -Have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours if arriving from a high-risk area.
    -Upload vaccination evidence and negative test (if required)
    -Have QR code ready for display on arrival
    -Keep your details updated - Using Tas e-Travel
  • 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: 16/12/21).

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 weak low lies over the north of Tasmania with a ridge of high pressure over the remainder. A high to the northeast of Tasmania will become dominant on Friday and drift slowly eastwards, allowing a northerly stream to develop over the state. The stream will strengthen early Saturday ahead of a cold front, that will cross in the late morning and early afternoon as winds shift westerly, before easing late. North to northwesterly winds will strengthen ahead of another cold front to cross Tasmania Sunday afternoon and evening, with winds again tending westerly. A warm front will cross Tasmania during Monday in a strong and gusty west to northwesterly stream.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • Fully vaccinated residents can travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW. Additional roadmap information.

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 west of Tasmania extends a ridge along the New South Wales coast, while a trough lies over the state's north. Little change to this pattern over the coming days will cause heat to build over inland parts, which will spread east on the weekend ahead of the passage of a cold front and associated trough. This system is expected to bring windy and unsettled conditions on the weekend as it crosses the state.
  • HAZARD Road damage: Tibooburra to Toona Gate - Toona Gate Rd - Exercise caution - Traffic affected in both directions. (Updated: 30/11/21).

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
  • Greater Adelaide LGAs (SA), Robinson River and Katherine LGAs (NT), NSW, ACT, JBT and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:16/12/21).
  • 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 ridge is over the east of the state. A slow-moving trough over the central to southern interior will start to move westwards later Friday and during Saturday, as the ridge strengthens along the east coast. A new trough will move into the far southwest of the state from Sunday.
  • 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.
    • Vehicles are prohibited on the beach between South Ngkala Rocks and Sandy Cape Lighthouse between 6pm to 6am, from 15 Nov 21 to 31 Mar 2022.
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Fraser Island report - 10th December, 2021.
  • West/Central West QLD :  Massive Rain has resulted in flooding closures.

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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