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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 some LGAs in VIC are an active hot spot (updated 25/06/21).
  • NSW:
    - Travellers to NT from NSW since 19 May 2021 or after who have been to any of the locations listed as ‘COVID-19 case locations’, may need to isolate/quarantine.
  • VIC:
    - Travellers to NT from VIC after 12 May 2021 must check Vic Health website.
    - Travellers to NT from VIC before 00:01 on 27 May 2021, who have been to a 'Tier 1 site' must also quarantine.
  • 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 rain band associated with a trough over the Barkly District is moving northeast and will weaken today. Humid easterly winds over the Top End will cause unseasonal showers and possible thunderstorms today. A new ridge extending across central Australia is sending a drier southeasterly wind surge through the Territory, reaching the Top End on the weekend.
  • ‘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. 
  • Urandangi Road - Flooding - Road Closed, Between Plenty Highway and Queensland Border. (Last updated: 25-06-21).
  • Sandover Highway - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Elkedra intersection and QLD border (Last updated: 25-06-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
Travel from all states, but NSW, into WA are now classified as ‘Very Low risk’. NSW is classified as ‘Medium risk’, Vic is Classified as ‘Low risk’.
WA has introduced a hard border with NSW following the evolving COVID-19 situation and outbreak and you are not allowed to travel without an exemption.

All arrivals into WA from QLD since Saturday 19 June 2021 who have been to any of the listed exposure sites during the relevant times are required to:
- get a COVID-19 test immediately (within 48 hours)
- self-quarantine for 14 days after date of exposure
- present for a day 11 COVID-19 test
- wear masks when transiting to self-quarantine premises or to get a COVID-19 test

  • Very low risk states and territories
    (No community cases in 28 days)
    - Not required to quarantine
    - Currently includes TAS, QLD, SA, ACT 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 (VIC).

  • 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 NSW.

(Last Update: 25/06/21)

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 of high pressure will lie through central and southern parts of the state over the next few days with moderate to fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds over the Pilbara and southwest Kimberley. The ridge will contract to the east on Saturday and Sunday, with a trough developing over the west Pilbara on Monday.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Hot temps (High 20s to low 30s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Road Open to High Clearance 4WDs and trucks under 25t ONLY. Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Kalumburu T/O - Flooding (Updated: 16-06-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A ridge of high pressure will lie through central and southern parts of the state over the next few days with moderate to fresh and gusty east to southeasterly winds over the Pilbara and southwest Kimberley. The ridge will contract to the east on Saturday and Sunday, with a trough developing over the west Pilbara on Monday.
    • Fire Risk:
      - East Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      - West Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      - East Pilbara Inland: Low-Moderate
      - Ashburton Inland: Low-Moderate
      - Exmouth Gulf Coast: Low-Moderate
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, into mid 20s.
    • Road Flooded: Nanutarra Munjina Rd - Nameless Valley Dr and Bingarn Rd - Flooding - Open with Extreme Caution - 4WDs Only -  (Updated: 16-06-21).
  • South West WA:
    • A ridge of high pressure through central parts of the state will drift south on Friday. The ridge will contract to the east on Saturday ahead of a cold front that will move across western parts of the State on Sunday before weakening. A westerly flow will persist on Monday in the wake of the front.
    • Fire Risk: Geographe: Low-Moderate
      Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • Quite extensive road works being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October and November.
    • Road Closed: Muir Hwy closed at the Kent River Bridge, Perillup - Flooding. Road to remain CLOSED to all vehicles, Repairs to the side track are progressing. Detour available.

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.
  • Effective 4:13 pm 15 June 2021Travellers arriving from Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days are not permitted to enter South Australia (Exceptions may apply).
  • From 23 June 2021, any person arriving in South Australia who has been in the state of New South Wales, in the 14 days prior to their arrival, but not before 11 June 2021, is subject Level 6 requirements (prohibited from entry).

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 low pressure system is centred over southwest Victoria, and extends two troughs into eastern South Australia. A high pressure system over WA will move across the north of SA over the weekend and a weak front will move across southern coasts.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 25/06/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Most tracks have closed. Birdsville Track - Mungeranie to Marree Open to 4WD and Heavy Vehicles (updated: 25/06/21).
  • 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 11:59pm 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, including Central Coast, Shellharbour, Blue Mountains and Wollongong, are now red zones under Victoria’s Travel Permit System effective from 1:00am on Friday 25 June.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • Since 11:59pm on 17 Jun, Internal restrictions eased for Greater Melbourne. A max travel radius of 25km from your residence has been removed. Intrastate travel is now allowed.  A guide for Vic Government easing of restrictions on the 17-06-21 can be found here.

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 low pressure system over southwestern Victoria will weaken and move southeast over central Bass Strait early on Friday. A ridge over the Bight will cross Victoria on Saturday as a cold front develops south of the Bight, with the front expected to cross southern Victoria during Sunday morning. A high pressure system over South Australia will then move over Victoria by Sunday night before moving over eastern Bass Strait on Monday.
  • Haunted Stream Track: Haunted Stream Track - Tambo Crossing is closed. DELWP are undertaking repairs. Reopening will be dependent on weather conditions.
  • Extensive road closures throughout the South East of the state. A weather event has resulted in widespread floods. Drive to conditions. Some detours in place (updated: 11/06/21).
  • 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).
  • Low-risk:
    - ACT, NT, QLD*, SA, WA, NZ*, NSW*, VIC*

*= a number of premises have also been declared as high-risk

  • Medium Risk:
    - (N/A)
  • High Risk:
    - (N/A)

*= a number of premises have also been declared as high-risk

(Updated: 25/06/21).

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 -

  • An area of low pressure will lie to the north and east of Tasmania today as a low centre to the north weakens. A weak ridge of high pressure will move across Tasmania Saturday morning ahead of a cold front that will move over the west late in the evening. The front will move east of Tasmania Sunday morning, with a ridge extending over the state in the evening. The ridge will slowly move to the east of Tasmania during Monday.
  • Lake Mackenzie road, Closed SouthEastwards from Mersey Forrest Road (C171) intersection, to Lake Mackenzie.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Dec 20 - Jul 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 (Excluding VIC). Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.
  • You must complete an NSW entry declaration form if you are entering NSW after 5pm on 27 April 2021, and in the previous 14 days have been in any interstate 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. 
  • Stay-at-home orders are being introduced for at least one week for those who live in, or whose usual place of work is in, Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney councils.

  • From 11.59pm on Friday 25 June, anyone who resides in the four local government areas, or whose regular place of work is located in these areas, must not leave their homes unless it is for one of the four essential reasons.

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 low pressure system over Bass Strait is moving east, with an associated weak front moving off the east coast. The passage of this system will bring rain areas and possible thunderstorms to the northeast and showers over the southern inland, before a new high develops over central Australia over the weekend. Into the new week, this high pressure system will dominate the state's weather, bringing milder temperatures and coastal showers.
  • Flood Closures reopening throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner - Exercise caution - some closures in place. (Updated: 25/06/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Greater Melbourne is no longer declared a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • From 1am AEST Friday 11 June 2021,The Local Government Areas (LGAs) within the regions of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour are declared COVID-19 hotspots.

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 weakening ridge extends over the east of the state. A trough and cold front are moving eastwards across southern Queensland with an associated cloud band extending from the northwest to the southeast of the state. This band will continue to move slowly east before clearing the southeast coast by Sunday. A new ridge of high pressure and a cool dry airmass will spread across most of the state in the wake of these systems, as a high moves across southeast Australia.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - 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 (Updated 25/06/21).
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Fraser Island report - 18th June, 2021.
  • South West QLD : Camerons Corner Road, Cameron Corner - Floods - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice. This includes most roads from Thargomindah  (updated: 25/06/21).

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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