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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to International Visitors (ex New Zealand)

  • Australia’s international borders have reopened. Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can travel overseas without an exemption. There will also be reduced quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers when they return to or enter Australia.

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.

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’s ENSO Outlook has an ‘alert’ status for La Niña, 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 17/11/21).
  • 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 firm ridge over the Territory has directed a hot and dry southeast flow across the Top End. These drier conditions will cause sunny skies and very hot temperatures across western Top End and the Gregory District this week, resulting in heatwave conditions. Humidity will slowly return to the Top End later in the week as moist easterly winds slowly develop. It will become hotter across central and southern districts too during the week as winds slowly turn northerly ahead of the next trough developing over WA, with showers and storms developing on the trough as it moves into the Simpson District on Saturday.
  • ‘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: 17/11/21).

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 and SA) 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, QLD and SA.
  • 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.
  • 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: 17/11/21).

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 low pressure trough extends from the Kimberley to a low pressure system south of Esperance. The low pressure system should deepen on Thursday before moving east on Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: Very High
      • West Kimberley Coast: High
      • Kimberley Inland: Severe
    • Hot temps (reaching high 30s to low 40s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Bushfire - Great Northern Hwy from Broome Rd intersection to 2km past of Nillibubbaca Rest Area, Roebuck.
      Exercise Extreme Caution. Firefighters on site. (Updated: 17/11/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A low pressure trough extends from the Kimberley to a low pressure system south of Esperance. The low pressure system should deepen on Thursday before moving east on Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • West Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • East Pilbara Inland: Severe
      • Ashburton Inland: Severe
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, temps into the low 30s to low 40s.
    • Nanutarra - Munjina Road, Tom Price - Road Safety Barrier Repairs - Traffic Management, speed reductions and shuttle operation in place. Minor delays expected (Updated: 17/11/21).

  • South West WA:
    • A broad low pressure trough over the central parts of the State should deepen on Thursday before moving east on Friday whilst a ridge of high pressure develops south of the State.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • Cloudy throughout the rest of the week, with a chance (up to 80%) of showers. Temps into the mid 20s.
    • 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

  • 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 pressure system centred over Victoria extends a ridge over eastern SA. This high will move eastwards to be over the Tasman Sea later on Wednesday as a low pressure trough moves over the far west of SA. The trough will move across remaining parts on Thursday as a low pressure system passes to the south. Another complex low will move across from the west over the weekend.
  • Rain Closures: Large amounts of outback SA roads have been closed and are awaiting assessment to reopen. The majority have reopened but have restrictions  (updated: 17/11/21).
  • Birdsville inside Track Closed - Mungeranie to Marree (updated: 17/11/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Some tracks have recently reopened. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, Open (updated: 17/11/21).
  • 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.
  • All Australian LGAs are now classed ‘Green Zones’  under Victoria’s Travel Permit System. (Updated: 17/11/21).

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • From 11:59pm on 21 October 2021: Restrictions are in place 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 Victoria will move over the Tasman Sea today as a low pressure system crosses the Bight. The low is expected to cross Victoria during Thursday afternoon and evening, then move over the Tasman Sea on Friday as a high pressure ridge to the west extends across Bass Strait. A low pressure trough is forecast to develop over South Australia on Friday then deepen into a low pressure system as it approaches northwestern 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: Seasonally Closed tracks are being 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).
  • 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: 17/11/21).

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 to the northwest of Tasmania will move over the Tasman Sea today and continue to track eastwards on Thursday, while a low pressure system moves near the coast of SA. The low will move across Victoria on Thursday associated with a trough to cross Tasmania. As this system moves away to the east early Friday, a ridge of high pressure will extend across the state, then move to the south on Saturday as another deep low builds over the mainland.
  • 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

  • Travelers from interstate: Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.
  • You must complete a NSW entry declaration if you have 
  • If you are allowed to travel to NSW from a location that appears in the COVID-19 concerns notice, when you arrive in NSW you may be required to:
  • follow the interstate traveller guidelines if you have been in an:
    - area of concern or
    - place of high concern
  • comply with
    - stay at home rules if they apply to you
    - self-isolation rules if you are required to self-isolate
    - face mask rules
  • follow the COVID-19 rules and restrictions that apply in NSW
  • get a COVID-19 test if required to do so.

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 moving across southeastern Australia is leading to generally settled conditions in New South Wales. A low pressure trough enters the state's west on Thursday before moving into the northeast on Friday, bringing increasingly unsettled conditions. Unsettled conditions are then expected to prevail during the weekend as a low pressure system moves across southeastern Australia.
  • 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
  • Robinson River and Katherine LGAs (NT), NSW, ACT, JBT and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:17/11/21).
  • 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, situated over Cape York Peninsula will shift slowly southwest over the northeastern interior over the next few days. A high in the Great Australian Bight extends a ridge across most of Queensland. The high will move into the Tasman Sea on Wednesday, extending a strengthening ridge and onshore winds along the east coast during Wednesday and Thursday. A weak trough is forecast to reach southern Queensland on Friday and move slowly eastwards on Saturday, associated with a low pressure system moving across southeast Australia.
  • 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 - 12th November, 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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