Road Closures & Track Conditions- 19th March

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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.


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.
Queensland:
'High-risk sites' from Thursday 11 March 2021: -'Morning After' cafe at West End 2.00pm to 3.15pm. -Corporate Box gym at Greenslopes 5.45pm to 7pm. -Stones Corner Hotel at Stones Corner 7.00pm and 7.45pm. -McDonalds at Coorparoo has also been identified as a low-risk site.
New South Wales, Locations:
-Angelo Anetsis Aquatic Centre, Bexley, on 13 March from 9-9.30am. -Pancakes on the Rocks at Beverly Hills on 13 March from 10.45am-12pm. -Train from Hurstville to the city arriving in the city at 6.30pm on 12 March. -Train from the city to Hurstville leaving the city at 7:00am on 13 March.

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 -

  • Mild conditions will continue in the south as a high in the Bight is bringing drier air back to southern and central district while showers and thunderstorms continue in the north. Another cloud band is expected to start developing across central Australia later in the week.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Vaughan Springs Property Access - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Tanami Road intersection and Vaughan Springs station (Last updated: 3-3-21).
  • Sandover Highway - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Ammaroo and Eelkedra (Last updated: 3-3-21).
  • Nathan River Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Ryans Bend road intersection and Roper Highway (Last updated: 3-3-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Anyone who has arrived in WA from Queensland since 10 March and who visited any of the affected locations during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine.

Anyone who has arrived in WA from NSW since 13 March and who visited any of the affected areas during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine.

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

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

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, SA, ACT, QLD, 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: 17/3/21)

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 strong ridge of high pressure will lie through central parts of the country while a trough extends from the Kimberley to waters north of WA to the far west Pilbara coast.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Very Hot temps expected with a strong chance(50-80%) of showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (updated: 11-02-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A strong ridge of high pressure will lie through central parts of the country while a trough extends from the Kimberley to waters north of WA to the far west 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 with a slight chance of Showers throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: North West Coastal Hwy from Blowholes Road to Burkett Road - Flooding (Updated: 11/02/21)
  • South West WA:
    • The synoptic pattern will remain stagnant over the next few days with a ridge of high pressure to the south of the State, and a surface trough lingering near the west coast.
    • High 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 high pressure system near Tasmania will move eastwards and become stationed over the southern Tasman Sea by Wednesday night. The high will extend a ridge over waters to the south of SA through to the weekend.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 10/3/20).
  • Flinders ranges Floods closures (Southern Flinders), some tracks open with caution. (updated: 10/3/20).
  • 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 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 near-stationary high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extends a ridge westwards across Tasmania. A broad low pressure trough developing across inland NSW will extend towards northern Victoria on Wednesday and Thursday before gradually weakening on Friday.
  • 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 : Currently includes: Auckland region, New Zealand. Parts of NSW and Queensland).

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 near-stationary high pressure system lies over the southern Tasman Sea and will extend a ridge westwards across Tasmania for the remainder of the week, directing an east to northeasterly stream 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. Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.

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 is drifting slowly east over the southern Tasman Sea, where it will remain slow moving for the coming week. Meanwhile, a trough is deepening over the northern inland and another trough looks set to form near the coast towards the end of the week. Both troughs are forecast to generate unsettled weather, with potential for significant rain in some districts.
  • Bogan Shire: Canonba Rd is closed - Flooding (updated: 11/2/2021).
  • Sturt National Park: Toona Gate Road is open with caution to 4WD's only (updated: 11/2/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

From 1am AEST Saturday 27 February 2021 all regions of Victoria have been removed as COVID-19 hotspots.

COVID-19 hotspots are updated regularly. Currently there are no hotspots in Aus. NZ has updates on travellers from this location.

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 -

  • An inland trough extends across most interior districts and is expected to remain stationary through the week. The coastal section of this trough is moving into the central coast area accompanied by a weakening fresh to strong southeasterly wind change. The inland trough will eventually move westward over the weekend, while a weak ridge lingers about the east coast. A slow moving upper system is likely to maintain unstable conditions for the rest of the week and over the weekend about much of the east and south, with shower and thunderstorm activity at times.
  • Cape York: Bamaga Road - (Jardine River / Shelburne) Please be advised that Load Limits are now in place. For enquires please contact Cook Shire Council. (updated: 17/03/21).
  • Fraser Island:
    • Ngkala Rocks – Ngkala Rocks is currently passable (updated: 04/03/21).
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians (updated: 10/03/21).
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving (Updated 17/03/21).
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.

  • South West QLD : Tickalara Road, Bulloo Downs - Floods - Bulloo Downs to Tickalara to Naryilco - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice (updated: 17/03/21).

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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