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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

All of New Zealand is now at Alert 1. From Thursday, 25 February 2021, any traveller from New Zealand who has been in a hotspot for any period over the previous 14-days, is not eligible to travel on a quarantine-free (green zone) flight.


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.
Queensland, Locations:
'High-risk sites' from Thursday 11 March 2021:
-'Morning After' cafe at West End 2.00pm to 3.15pm.
-Corporate Box gym at Greenslopes 5.45pm to 7pm.
-Stones Corner Hotel at Stones Corner 7.00pm and 7.45pm. -McDonalds at Coorparoo has also been identified as a low-risk site.
New South Wales, Locations:
-Angelo Anetsis Aquatic Centre, Bexley, on 13 March from 9-9.30am. -Pancakes on the Rocks at Beverly Hills on 13 March from 10.45am-12pm.
-Train from Hurstville to the city arriving in the city at 6.30pm on 12 March.
-Train from the city to Hurstville leaving the city at 7:00am on 13 March.

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 trough over the Tanami and southern Barkly Districts will move northwards, reaching the Top End during Thursday as a ridge develops over central Australia. This will clear shower and thunderstorm activity from the south for a couple of days until another trough approaches the southwest of the Territory on Friday.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Sandover Highway - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Plenty Highway intersection and Ammaroo Elkedra (Last updated: 24-3-21).
  • Nathan River Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Ryans Bend road intersection and Roper Highway (Last updated: 24-3-21).
  • Tjukaruru Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Kata Tjuta road intersection and Western Australian Border.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Anyone who has arrived in WA from Queensland since 10 March and who visited any of the affected locations during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine.

Anyone who has arrived in WA from NSW since 13 March and who visited any of the affected areas during the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine.

travellers from Victoria are able to enter WA without self-quarantine.

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

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, SA, ACT, QLD, 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: 24/3/21)

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 broad trough extends from the Kimberley to inland parts of WA.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Very Hot temps expected with a strong chance(50%) of showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (updated: 24-03-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A broad trough extends from the Kimberley to inland parts of WA.
    • Fire Risk:
      -East Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -West Pilbara Coast: High
      -East Pilbara Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Ashburton Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • Mostly sunny with a slight chance of Showers throughout the week.
  • South West WA:
    • A broad trough extends from the eastern Gascoyne to the SA border and continues to move northeast. A ridge of high pressure is developing near the south coast. During Thursday the trough will temporarily extend across the South West Land Division as a weak front brushes the southwest of the State. A new trough will develop near the west coast during Saturday.
    • High 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

  • Restrictions on Australian travellers and those from NZ (who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.

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 trough and cold front will pass over western and southern parts of SA today ahead of a high pressure system, which is forecast to move to a position over the Bight by Thursday night. Another cold front and upper-level system are expected to move across the State on Friday, followed by another high pressure system during the weekend.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 24/3/20).
  • North East of state - Floods closures, Most tracks closed due to floods. (updated: 24/3/20).
  • 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 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 low pressure systems over eastern Bass Strait will move southwards to the east of Tasmania today, then move away to the southeast on Thursday as a high strengthens over the Bight. The high will extend a ridge over inland Victoria later on Thursday, then move eastwards over Victoria on Friday as a cold front approaches from the west, with the front crossing Victoria during Saturday.
  • 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 : Currently includes: Auckland region, New Zealand. Parts of NSW and Queensland).

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 low pressure system lies just south of Victoria this morning and moves south passing east of Flinders Island during the day. The low continues moving south along the Tasmanian east coast during Thursday. On Friday, a cold front approaches from the west, moving over the state during 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, who have not been overseas, may enter without applying for a permit. Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.

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 strong high pressure system over the southern Tasman Sea is directing humid easterly winds across New South Wales and is leading to heavy rain in many areas. A low moved off the south coast overnight and now lies over eastern Bass Strait. The widespread rainfall associated with this system has also moved off the south coast. A break from the wet conditions today aside from a few showers along the western ranges and slopes but fresh to strong westerly winds are expected in the southeast. The low will continue to move away to the southeast on Thursday as a ridge of high pressure moves across the state.
  • Flood Closures throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner.
  • Flood Closures - Newell Highway - Narrabri To Queensland Border
  • Flood Warnings in place Throughout NE of State

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Currently there are no declared COVID-19 hotspots and domestic travellers are not required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entering Queensland.

NZ has updates on travellers from this location.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

You 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 -

  • A trough extends from the northwest of Queensland through the central highlands to the Fraser coast area, and will continue to move northwards reaching the southern tropics tomorrow. A firm ridge is building across southern Queensland in the wake of the trough, with drier air spreading into the area.
  • 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 24/03/21).
    • 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: 24/03/21).

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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