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Road Closures & Track Conditions - 22nd October

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. Borders set to reopen in November 2021

Restrictions on New Zealand Visitors

  • 16 October 2021 Update: Due to the situation in New Zealand, quarantine-free travel from the North Island of New Zealand is suspended until at least 11:59pm on 31 October 2021.
  • Quarantine-free travel from the South Island of New Zealand may occur from 11:59PM on 19 October 2021 for travellers with conditions.
  • 21 September 2021 Update: Quarantine free travel to New Zealand is suspended until mid-to-late November 2021. 

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. Currently: All LGAs in VIC, ACT and NSW are active hot spots (updated 21/10/21).
  • Travellers to the NT need a NT Border Entry Application
  • Travellers to NT from NSW, VIC or ACT:
    -Entry is now strictly prohibited from current hotspots or public exposure sites without a prior approved exemption.
  • 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 -

  • Northwesterly winds over northern parts of the Territory are resulting in a severe to extreme heatwave. A trough will move into central districts on Thursday and lead to an increase in showers and thunderstorms in the north, which will cause the heatwave to gradually ease from the end of the week. A ridge developing over southern districts on Thursday will lead to cooler conditions in the south.
  • ‘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: 21-10-21).

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, SA and NT) 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, SA 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: 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: 21/10/21).

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 ridge will strengthen over the southern half of State through to Friday as a trough currently over the Kimberley deepens along the Pilbara coast and moves offshore on Saturday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: High
      • West Kimberley Coast: Very High
      • Kimberley Inland: Very High
    • Hot temps (reaching mid 30s to low 40s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Gibb River Rd - Upgrades - Construction and seal 9 km section between Kimberley Downs Road and Kimberley Flats.
      Side track in place for 10 km - traffic management in place with speed restrictions. (Updated: 21/10/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A ridge will strengthen over the southern half of State through to Friday as a trough currently over the Kimberley deepens along the Pilbara coast and moves offshore on Saturday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • West Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • East Pilbara Inland: High
      • Ashburton Inland: High
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, temps into the low 30s to low 40s.

  • South West WA:
    • A ridge of high pressure strengthens over central and southern districts and continues to slowly move southwards during the remainder of the week. A new high develops south of the Bight over the weekend as a new trough deepens near the west coast on Sunday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • Cloudy throughout the weekend, with a chance (up to 50%) of showers. Temps into the mid to high 20s.
    • Quite extensive road works being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October and November.
    • South Coast Hwy - Franklin River Bridge, Nornalup -Bridge Works, Speed reduction in place, one lane closed - minimal delays expected (Updated:21/10/21).

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 trough of low pressure over the eastern districts will continue to move into the eastern states this morning. A high pressure ridge will extend across the State following the trough, with a high pressure system developing over the western Bight on Saturday, then moving southeastwards on Sunday and Monday.
  • Birdsville Track Closed - Mungeranie to Marree (updated: 21/10/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Some tracks have recently reopened. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, Open (updated: 21/10/21).
  • 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.
  • Greater Sydney, NSW* and ACT are Downgraded to ‘Orange Zones’ under Victoria’s Travel Permit System. (*All other NSW LGAs are classified as ‘Green Zones’).

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 the southern Tasman Sea will continue moving east today as a low pressure trough approaches from the west. The trough is forecast to enter western Victoria this evening before stalling overnight, then moving slowly across central districts on Friday. The trough will clear eastern districts during Saturday as a large high pressure system develops south of the Bight. A southerly airstream will then become established and continue into Sunday as the high approaches Tasmania.
  • 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 are in effect, Check the list of tracks to close from the 17th June 2021.

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: 21/10/21).

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 pressure system moves east over the Tasman Sea bringing a warmer northeasterly wind flow over the state today. A trough slowly crosses Tasmania on Friday bringing a southwesterly wind change, and is followed by a cold front Saturday morning. A high pressure system forms in the Bight during Saturday, that slowly approaches the west during Sunday while a low pressure system forms in the Tasman Sea.
  • 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

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • There is currently a distance restriction that a person may travel in Sydney. NSW Health recommends non-essential domestic travel should be avoided. 
  • Stay-at-home orders are in place across the state of NSW.
  • Affected regions have restrictions in place.

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 broad area of low pressure lies over the western Tasman Sea and will linger for the next day or two, bringing showery conditions to coastal parts. Meanwhile, warm conditions look set to develop over inland areas today, as another weak trough enters the state's far west. This trough is forecast to move east at the end of the week, as a cold front approaches, then crosses the south of the state and deepens during the weekend.
  • 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
  • From 23/07/21, NSW, ACT, JBT and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:21/10/21).
  • 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 trough lies over central and eastern Queensland, lingering for the next few days. An upper trough over eastern Queensland is enhancing showers and thunderstorms over the east, the upper trough will move slowly east over the next few days. A trough will move into the far southwest late in the week, moving slowly east across the weekend.
  • 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.
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Planned burns: QPWS rangers will conduct planned burns in the K’gari (Fraser Island) Recreation Area from April until September 2021.
    • Fraser Island report - 15th October, 2021.
  • South West QLD :  Cordillo Access - Birdsville Dev Rd turnoff to South Australia Border (via Cordillo Downs) (updated: 21/10/21).

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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