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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

From 19 April 2021, quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will commence.

Known as green zone travel, it will enable the movement of people between the two countries in a way that is safe and ensures that public health requirements are met.


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 there are no active hotspots (updated 21/04/21).

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 weakening ridge over southern Australia has caused winds to ease, bringing the return of sea breezes around the coast. A trough is in the Gulf of Carpentaria, with a weak tropical low forming within it, increasing the chance of showers and storms over the north and eastern Top End. A high moving into the Bight later in the week will push a new southeast surge northwards, bringing drier conditions to the Top End from Friday and seeing showers and storms contract to the northeast coast again.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Javelin Road Dundee - Road Closed - Road Damage - Barramundi Boat Ramp ( 6 Pack Creek Ramp) Closed. (Last updated: 21-4-21).
  • Napperby Property Access - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Stuart Highway intersection and Napperby Station (Last updated: 21-4-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

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

Effective from 12.01am, Monday 19 April, based on the latest health advice and pending no further outbreaks:

  • Travellers from Queensland will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions
  • Travellers from New Zealand will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions.

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, QLD, SA, ACT, 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: 21/4/21)

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 trough lies over the far western Pilbara. During Thursday and Friday a fresh and gusty easterly flow will result with a ridge of high pressure over the south of the State.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Very Hot temps expected with a slight chance (20%) of showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (Updated: 14-04-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A trough lies over the far western Pilbara. During Thursday and Friday a fresh and gusty easterly flow will result with a ridge of high pressure over the south of the State.
    • 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 throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Nanutarra Munjina Rd - between Paraburdoo Tom Price Rd and Hamersley Rd - Flooding (Updated: 14-04-21).
  • South West WA:
    • A ridge lies south of the State and a weak cold front will brush the south coast during Wednesday morning. Another ridge will develop south of the State and a broad trough will form off the west coast during Thursday and Friday.
    • Low-Moderate 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

  • There are no current COVID-19 testing or quarantine restrictions for travellers from within Australia or New Zealand. Travellers are permitted to enter providing they have completed the Cross Border Travel Registration Form prior to entry into SA.

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 will extend across the State on Wednesday ahead of a front crossing the south on Thursday morning. A new high pressure system will become established south of the Bight by Saturday, then move slowly eastwards.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 21/04/21).
  • North East of state - Floods closures, Most tracks closed due to floods. (updated: 14/4/21).
  • 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 -

No Interstate Restrictions

  • From 11 Jan 2021, All travellers will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.​
  • No Active hotspots declared.

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 weak ridge of high pressure extends over the State from South Australia. A cold front crossing the Southern Ocean is forecast to reach the far southwest late tonight before crossing the rest of the State on Thursday. A high pressure system building over the Bight on Thursday will then extend a ridge towards NSW on Friday and maintain a west to southwesterly airstream over Victoria into the weekend with occasional embedded weak fronts affecting the south.
  • 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)

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 ridge of high pressure over Tasmania will move to the east this morning ahead of a cold front that will arrive in the west of the state late in the day. The cold front will clear to the east early Thursday as a high pressure ridge builds to the north of Tasmania during the day and remains over southern Australia for Friday and Saturday.
  • 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 (Except QLD), who have not been overseas, may enter without applying for a permit. Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.
You must complete an NSW entry declaration form if you are entering NSW after 5pm on 29 March 2021, and in the previous 14 days have been in any hotspot suburbs.

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 ridge of high pressure extends across the state from the west, and will remain the dominant feature across northern New South Wales for the coming week. Meanwhile, a cold front is crossing central and eastern parts of the state today, with another expected to cross the south on Thursday.
  • Flood Closures throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner. (Updated: 21/04/21)

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

- From 6am 15/04/21 Mandatory mask wearing requirements will be eased for all of Queensland.
- NZ has updates on travellers from this location.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

No Internal Travel Restrictions.


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 high in the southern Coral Sea extends a weak ridge over southern Queensland. A trough lingers near the North Tropical Coast, and may move over land briefly today before moving back over water tomorrow, weakening by the end of the week. A second trough will move across the south of the state and push off the southeast coast this evening. A new high will slowly move into the Great Australian Bight over the next few days, extending a strengthening ridge across the south of the state and along the east coast.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - at Archer River Road.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Planned building maintenance will be in progress between 16 March to 1 May in the following areas: Lake Garawongera; Lake Allom; Birrabeen Lookout; Binaroo walker’s camp; Ungowa; Coolooloi day use area. During this time, toilet blocks will remain partially OPEN.
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving (Updated 21/04/21).
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
  • South West QLD : Camerons Corner Road, Cameron Corner - Floods - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice (updated: 21/04/21).

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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