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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

New Zealand Quarantine-Free Travel bubble suspended until at least 4.30pm 28th Jan 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 (9 inner city Sydney councils, NSW). NZ Quarantine-Free Travel bubble suspended until at least 4.30pm 28th Jan 2021.

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 monsoon trough extends across the Top End to a developing tropical low [1001 hPa] in the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria. The monsoon trough will persist throughout the week across the Top End as another low develops over the southwest Daly District. The tropical low in the southeast Gulf of Carpentaria will remain slow moving for the next several days and may reach tropical cyclone strength on Wednesday. Another tropical low has formed near the southern Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, it is expected to then move southwestwards across the northern Kimberley from Thursday. Showers and storms will continue across much of the Territory.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Tanami Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Granites and Western Australia Border.
  • Oenpelli Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Jabiru, At Cahill's Crossing.
  • Hodgson River Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Miniyeri, Southwards between Minyerri (Hogson downs) and Nutwood Downs road intersection

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE



Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Effective 12.01am, Monday, January 25, travel from NSW and Queensland is permitted, subject to 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing.

Travel from QLD, NSW into WA is now classified as ‘Low risk’.


Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, 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, QLD, NSW.

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.)

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 lies over the Kimberley, Interior and into the inland eastern Pilbara and will extend further to the western Pilbara on Thursday. A tropical low may develop over the inland Kimberley on Thursday and drift slowly west on Saturday.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk
    • Very Hot temps expected with a Very high chance of Showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from  from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding.
  • Pilbara: 
    • A broad trough lies over the Kimberley, Interior and into the inland eastern Pilbara and will extend further to the western Pilbara on Thursday. A tropical low may develop over the inland Kimberley on Thursday and drift slowly west on Saturday.
    • High to Very High Fire risk
    • Very hot and sunny with a chance of Showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: North West Coastal Hwy between Karratha and Nanutarra - Flooding.
  • South West WA:
    • A trough lies over eastern parts of the South West Land Division and is moving eastwards. A cold front is crossing southwestern parts of the State early this morning. On Thursday a new ridge will begin to build to the south of the State as a new trough develops over the inland Gascoyne. The ridge will strengthen further on Friday and Saturday as the trough extends further down the west coast.
    • 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 high pressure system well south of the Bight will move slowly eastwards to be centred over the southern Tasman Sea late Thursday. A trough of low pressure will deepen near the eastern border on Thursday and Friday.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 27/1/20).
  • Flinders ranges Floods closures, some tracks with caution. (updated: 27/1/20).
  • 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 6pm, 11 Jan 2021, All travellers will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.​
  • Travellers from Cumberland Council (NSW) – will remain as a red zone. All of QLD, WA, NT, SA, TAS, ACT and Regional NSW are now Green Zones. Greater Sydney, including Wollongong, remains Orange Zone.

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 high pressure system will slowly move to the south of Tasmania during Wednesday and Thursday, as a trough deepens over inland Australia, causing a strong easterly stream to develop through Bass Strait from Wednesday evening. On Friday the high will settle to the east of Tasmania, while the deepening trough is likely to extend into western Victoria on Friday morning, then extend across the state during Friday. A low is currently expected to develop on the trough over western Bass Strait Friday evening, then move east of Tasmania on Saturday as the trough also moves to the east of Victoria.
  • Haunted Stream Track: Haunted Stream Track - Tambo Crossing is closed. DELWP are undertaking repairs. Re-opening 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

New Zealand Quarantine-Free Travel bubble suspended until at least 4.30pm 28th Jan 2021. The only restriction is from ‘medium risk’ areas and premises which includes: The Greater Sydney Region, Northern Beaches LGA and Wollongong LGA. If you have spent time in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmanian in any of these medium-risk LGAs, you will need to apply to travel to Tasmania through the G2G Pass system and quarantine at a suitable premises or government-designated accommodation for 14 days.

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 to the west of Tasmania will direct a southwest to southerly flow over the state, that will tend southeasterly this afternoon as the high approaches. On Thursday, the high moves to the south of the state shifting the winds more easterly, then northeasterly late on Thursday as the high moves into the Tasman Sea. Northeasterly winds continue and strengthen on Friday with a trough extending from the mainland to the west. A ridge develops from the west on Saturday as the trough moves into the Tasman Sea.
  • 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.

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 high pressure system near Tasmania is extending a ridge into southern New South Wales tonight, while a trough over the state's northeast stalls and weakens. Over the coming days the high will move slowly east, reaching the southern Tasman Sea by Friday, as another trough deepens over the west. This pattern will result in showers and generally mild temperatures in the east and south, with warm and unstable conditions over the north and west. During the weekend, the trough is forecast to move into eastern parts of the state, followed by a cold front early in the new week.
  • Tibooburra To Fortville Gate:  Closed - Flooding. (Updated: 13/1/2021).
  • Sturt National Park: Toona Gate Road is open with caution to 4WD's only.
  • B75: Closed - Flooding - Wilcannia To Ivanhoe

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Travellers who have visited Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, City of Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong, Parramatta, northern beaches and other hotspots, may not enter QLD.

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 -

  • An active monsoon trough extends over the Gulf, Cape York Peninsula, and northern Coral Sea. A number of embedded low pressure systems within the trough may deepen over the next week. A low in the Gulf is forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday evening. A weak ridge extends along the east coast south of the monsoon trough, strengthening from Thursday as a new high moves into the southern Tasman Sea. An inland trough will linger over the west for several days.
  • Cape York: Burke Developmental Road - Closed at the Lynd due to Flooding.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Ngkala Rocks – due to current conditions Ngkala Rocks is currently impassable and is closed until further notice. (Updated: 27/01/21)
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. (Updated: 27/01/21)
    • North of Cornwells road and south of Woralie road: Temporarily CLOSED for maintenance. Please obey all signage and do not enter closed areas.
  • South West QLD : Jackson Wandoan Road, Jackson North - Floods - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice. 

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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