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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

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 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 (at 18 Dec 2020 this was only Northern Beaches Council, NSW). 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 moist and unstable northeast to northwest flow extends across much of the Territory, resulting in showers and thunderstorms throughout. A ridge of high pressure developing across southern Australia will contract showers and thunderstorms to the northern half later today and help a monsoon trough form near the Top End north coast. A tropical low is also likely to develop within the monsoon trough over the Top End and move westwards towards the Timor Sea during the weekend.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Litchfield National Park - Flooding - Road Closed - Bamboo Creek and Walker Creek Day Use Access (Update: 16/12/20).
  • Jim Jim Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Arnhem Highway intersection and Kakadu Highway intersection (Update: 16/12/20).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Travel from New South Wales into WA is now classified as ‘low risk’.


Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

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

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 from the inland Pilbara to the North Interior. The trough will remain near stationary over the next few days.
      • Very Hot with Showers/thunderstorms expected throughout the week.
      • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Kimberley Downs turn off to Kalumburu turn off - Flooding.
  • Pilbara: 
      • A trough from the inland Pilbara to the North Interior. The trough will remain near stationary over the next few days.
      • Very hot and sunny with a few Showers/thunderstorms expected throughout the week.
      • Road Closed: Nanutarra Munjina Rd/ Bingarn Rd to Nameless Valley Dr - Flooding.
  • South West WA:
      • For the next few days a ridge will lie near the south coast and a trough will remain near the west coast.
      • 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

No restrictions on Australian travellers and those from NZ (who haven't been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). Only overseas travellers 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 ridge of high pressure system will persist to the south of South Australia, resulting in mostly moderate to fresh south to southeasterly winds over the State. A weak front will move over the south of the State on Monday
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 16/12/20).
  • Far North East of SA, Floods closures reopened, some tracks with caution.
  • Road Works: Road Sealing - Strzelecki Track (472km). The SA government will seal the first 50-kilometres, Starting just north of Lyndhurst (until late 2021).
  • Bore Track South – Closed until further notice.
  • Open to 4WD - Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burke’s Grave, Queerbidie, Policemans.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Victoria

Border Update -

No Interstate Restrictions

There are currently no interstate restrictions.  

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 low pressure trough will deepen over central Victoria tonight, with a low pressure system forming east of Tasmania Thursday morning. The trough move slowly eastward on Thursday, clearing eastern districts early on Friday as a weak cold front approaches Tasmania. The front is expected to cross Bass Strait during Friday morning as a high pressure system approaches from the west, with the high moving east of Tasmania by Saturday night as another trough extends over northeast Victoria from NSW. The high will weaken over the southern Tasman Sea on Monday, while the trough remains over eastern and central Victoria.
  • Haunted Stream Track: Haunted Stream Track - Tambo Crossing is closed. DELWP are undertaking repairs. Re-opening 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

People travelling from all states (plus NZ) will be able to travel to Tasmania without being required to quarantine. The only restriction is from ‘high risk’ areas and premises which includes the Northern Beaches, NSW LGA. People from this area are not permitted to travel to Tasmania.

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 broad high pressure system lies south of Tasmania and a trough is positioned over the west. As the high moves away to the southeast early Thursday, a broad trough over eastern Australia will extend to Tasmania, with a low to move just east of the state, bringing light winds. The low will move away late on Thursday with a southerly flow to develop. A trough will develop over the north early Friday ahead of a weak cold front to cross the west coast late. A high is expected to move over the Bight early Saturday and extend a ridge south of Tasmania, with another high to develop to the southeast in the evening. These highs will persist on Sunday causing a weak trough to develop over the state.
  • 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, who have not been overseas, may enter without applying for a permit.

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 low pressure trough, which has brought widespread rainfall and flooding to the northern New South Wales coast, will remain nearby for the coming days. Meanwhile, another trough over inland districts is forecast to develop from today, as a cold front passes to the south. This pattern will bring further showers and thunderstorms to the eastern half for the remainder of the week, and gradually contract to the northeast quarter during the weekend.
  • Cameron Corner: Omicron to Cameron Corner - Flooding expected.
  • Tibooburra to Wompah Gate, Silver City Highway:  Has reopened. (Updated: 09/12/2020).
  • Packsaddle: Yancannia Road - Mulga Valley To Cobham. Exercise caution, Allow extra travel time.
  • 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

No interstate restrictions with the exception of people from the Northern Beaches, NSW LGA who are required to quarantine for 14 days in a hotel apon entering Queensland.

No internal travel restrictions

You 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 trough will linger in the southwest of the state for several days, moving east next week. A high will remain slow moving near New Zealand, maintaining a ridge along the east coast.
  • Cape York: Kennedy Developmental Road - The Lynd to Hughenden upgrade underway (Updated: 16/12/20).
  • Gregory Developmental Road: Pavement Repair, Greenvale / Southern Cross, Works both directions Until mid Dec (Updated: 16/12/20).
  • Fraser Island:
    • Fraser Island: Will welcome travellers from the 15/12/20.
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. 
  • South West QLD : Tickalara Road, Orientos Road, Camerons Corner Road, Wompah Gate Road, closed due to Heavy rains/Flooding (Updated: 09/12/20).

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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