Road Closures & Track Conditions- 23rd October

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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to international visitors (ex New Zealand)
Australia’s 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 the Northern Territory and New South Wales. 

 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 spring and 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 of Victoria). 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 -

  • With tropical moisture moving south, showers/thunderstorms expected across the central and southern parts of the Territory. Very hot conditions in the northeast of the Territory expected. Showers and thunderstorms to slowly move north and east across the Territory, from WA. With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Mary River National Park: Wildman River 4WD Track - Catastrophic Fire conditions forecast (Updated: 21-10-20).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions
Visits from interstate (ex VIC) can visit WA but must present for a COVID-19 test on day 11 of their quarantine. For Victorians, they can self-quarantine for 14 days at a 'suitable premises'. They will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and on day 11 of their quarantine.
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:
      • Mostly sunny/hot outlook. 
      • Reconstruction and Sealing - Gibb River Rd 8 km section west of El Questro Station. No line marking. Drive to conditions.
      • Great Northern Highway: Drainage and widening works. Various locations between 40 and 80km north of Halls Creek.
    • Pilbara: 
      • Weather is a mostly sunny/hot outlook.
      • Koodaideri Bridge Construction: Great Northern Hwy approx. 5km north of Nanutarra Munjina Road.
    • South West WA: Sunny/hot outlook in the South West over the week. 
      • 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 from Victoria are not permitted to enter SA. No restrictions on other Australian travellers and those from NZ (who haven't been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). From 24 October, SA and Victorian cross-border community members will be able to travel within a 70 km border zone, without needing a reason to do so. Also Victorians looking to relocate to South Australia permanently or for work purposes, providing criteria around accommodation and/or employment in SA can be met can enter but must quarantine for 14 days.
    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 -

    • Medium chance of showers southern districts. Cool/mild in South to north. Strong southwesterly winds expected. Rainfall totals expected 5 to 15 mm over most areas, apart from the north of the North West Pastoral district where less than 5 mm is expected. Local falls of 15 to 30mm are possible.
    • Travel East from Innamincka along the Adventure way is not recommended as the QLD border is closed. Access Innamincka by Strzelecki Track. Large Flooding events in place, resulting in campsite and track damage.
    • Far North East of SA, Floods closures expected on roads between Haddon Corner/ Cameron Corner.
    • Road Works: Road Sealing - Strzelecki Track (472km). The SA government will seal the first 50-kilometres, Starting just north of Lyndhurst (until late 2021).
    • Closed Tracks due to rain - Coongie Track to Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park, 15 Mile Track, Mereenie Loop, Kings Marker, Ski Beach Campground, Wills Grave, Minke Waterhole Campground, Old Strzelecki Track (on Innamincka Regional Reserve only), Bore Track North.
    • Bore Track South – Closed until further notice.
    • Walker Crossing Public Access Route.
    • Open to 4WD - Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burke’s Grave, Queerbidie, Policemans.

    View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

     

    Victoria

    Border Update -

    No Interstate Restrictions
    No interstate travel restrictions.
    Internal travel restrictions
    There are tight internal travel restrictions between Melbourne Metro and Regional Victoria. 

     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 - 

    • Mount Buffalo NP: Most tracks have reopened. Including: Lake Catani Access Rd.
    • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.
      • Road Closed: Gilberts Road to Jeeralang West Road, Binns Junction
    • Wingan Inlet Road: Road damage and camping ground facilities are closed. due to bushfire damage and recovery work.

    View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

     

    Tasmania 

    Border Update -

    Interstate Restrictions
    Borders effectively closed to interstate visitors at the moment. From 26 October, people travelling from all states except Victoria and NSW will be able to travel to Tasmania without being required to quarantine.
    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 -

    • Light showers over the next week in most of Tasmania. Coolish weather with maximum temperatures in the high teens.
    • 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 -

    Interstate Restrictions
    NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria. Only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW if they have been in Victoria in the last 14 days. Note there are special exemptions for NSW/VIC border residents. No quarantine required for the rest of Australia and NZ (from non-hotspot areas).
    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 - 

    • Mostly sunny outlook for NSW over next seven days.
    • Link Road, Kosciuszko NP: Road Closed both directions (Update:30.09.2020).
    • Cameron Corner: Omicron to Cameron Corner - Flooding expected.
    • Tibooburra to Wompah Gate, Silver City Highway:  Adverse Weather. (Updated: 07.10.2020).
    • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.

    View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

     

    Queensland

    Border Update -

    Interstate Restrictions
    State border restrictions for residents of Victoria and New South Wales (ACT no longer considered a COVID-19 hotspot). Qld residents returning home need to quarantine in hotel accommodation at their cost for 14 days. 

    Because of the reduced risk of COVID-19 transmission in northern New South Wales, the following changes have been made (from 1st of October) regarding the border zone:

    • The New South Wales border zone (PDF) has been extended.
    • The Queensland border zone no longer exists.
    • Queensland residents can travel anywhere in the New South Wales border zone for any purpose.
    • New South Wales border zone residents can travel anywhere in Queensland for any purpose.
    No internal travel restrictions
    Queenslanders 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 -

    • Cape York: Relatively dry weather over the last week with a cloudy but dry outlook with average daily temperatures of around 30 degrees.
    • Gregory Developmental Road: Livestock warning. 6 Cows wandering in both directions near Greenvale.
    • Fraser Island:
      • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. 
      • Lake Wabby scenic drive impassable to Pile Valley road (Until: 01.01.2021).
      • Lake Garawongera scenic drive impassable to Poyungan road (Until: 01.01.2021).
      • Temporary closure of Beach camping zone 4 (Guluri, Eli) and 5 (Maheno, Wahba) due to increased wongari (dingo) activity (Until: 30.11.2020).
      • Central Station Redevelopment - Planned upgrade Central Station Cottage and Museum (Until: 31.10.2020).
    • South West QLD : Coorabulka Road, Diamantina Developmental Road, Davenport Road, Winton Jundah Roads, closed due to Heavy rains/Flooding.
    • Slashers Creek Road, (East of Boulia) has reopened.

    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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