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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.
QLD - COVID19 HOTSPOTS:
Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional, Redland City, Toowoomba Regional
NSW - COVID19 HOTSPOTS:
Byron Shire Council

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 strong high near Adelaide is directing east to southeast winds across the Territory. This high will move slowly east and reach the Tasman Sea by Friday. Less humid conditions across southern parts of the Top End will confine showers and thunderstorms to eastern and northern parts of the Top End for a few days before extending back across the Top End later in the week. A monsoon trough is also expected to form across the Banda and northern Arafura Seas this week, to the north of the Northern Territory.
  • 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 (Last updated: 24-3-21).
  • Numbulwar Road - Flooding - Road Closed - From Ngukurr to Numbulwar.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Queensland is now a ‘Medium Risk’ State

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, 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 QLD.

(Last Update: 31/3/21)

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 lies inland from the Kimberley coast and the Pilbara coast, extending down through the Gascoyne, remaining mostly stationary over the coming days.
    • 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: 24-03-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A broad trough lies inland from the Kimberley coast and the Pilbara coast, extending down through the Gascoyne, remaining mostly stationary over the coming days.
    • 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 throughout the week.
  • South West WA:
    • A ridge of high pressure lies in the Bight while a trough extends from the Gascoyne to central parts of the South West Land Division and towards the south coast. The trough will move to eastern WA later this week, while a weak cold front and middle level cloud band moves over the southwest corner of the State.
    • Low-Moderate / 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.
  • Effective from 5:00pm 29 March 2021 - People from the Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redland areas are prohibited from entering South Australia (Exemptions apply)

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 1026 hPa over western Victoria will remain near stationary for a couple of days, then move slowly eastwards to be centred over the Tasman Sea by the end of the week. A low pressure trough will move over the south and west on the weekend, with a new ridge of high pressure to follow.
  • 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.​
  • QLD - COVID19 HOTSPOTS:
    Red Zone: Brisbane City, Ipswich City, Logan City, Moreton Bay Regional, Redland City. Orange Zone: Gladstone Regional
  • NSW - COVID19 HOTSPOTS:
    Orange: Byron Shire Council

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 over southwestern Victoria will move slowly eastwards today. The high will then remain near-stationary about the east coast during Thursday and Friday, directing a warm northerly airstream across the State. On Saturday the high will move away into the Tasman Sea as a weak low pressure trough approaches, moving into southwestern Victoria late in the day.
  • 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. Australian Hotspots include: Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Redlands).

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 high pressure will persist to the north of Tasmania today, with a west to northwesterly flow over the state. A cold front will weaken as it slowly crosses Tasmania later Thursday, with a trough to lie near the north of the state late evening. An area of high pressure will cross Tasmania Friday morning, before moving over the Tasman Sea later in the day as north to northwesterly winds freshen. A cold front will move over Tasmania later Saturday in a strong and gusty west to northwesterly flow.
  • 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 high pressure system near western Victoria will drift slowly east during the next few days, to be over the Tasman Sea by Thursday. The presence of this system will promote stable weather across most of New South Wales this week, with daytime temperatures gradually increasing and showers restricted to parts of the northeast. A low pressure trough looks set to cross from the west later on the weekend, potentially deepening off the northern coast early in the new week.
  • 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

From 5pm, 29-03-21: Greater Brisbane is in a 3-day lockdown Until 5pm, 01-04-21.
- Mandatory mask wearing requirements apply for all of Queensland.
-Additional restrictions for gatherings and businesses apply for all areas outside of greater Brisbane.
A contact tracing alert has been issued for locations visited in greater Brisbane, Gladstone and Byron Bay.

NZ has updates on travellers from this location.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

From 5pm AEST 29 March 2021, people who have been in the greater Brisbane region since 20 March 2021 will be subject to home confinement 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 high over southeastern Australia extends a ridge over much of Queensland while a weak trough remains slow moving over the interior of the state. The high will move eastwards and enter the western Tasman Sea over the next couple of days, strengthening the ridge along the east coast. The strength of the onshore southeasterly flow will be further enhanced by a trough that will slowly deepen over the central Coral Sea. An upper low is expected to develop over the state late in the week, likely leading to more unsettled weather for most eastern districts over the weekend.
  • 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 31/03/21).
    • 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.

2 comments

  • Bec from Hema Maps: April 12, 2021

    Hi Sev, we’d say around May – September. Make sure you check that the roads are open and you are allowed access to the ingenious areas (and gained any required permits) before you set off on your journey. Safe Travels!

  • Sev: April 12, 2021

    What is the best time of the year to travel to the top of Cape York?

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