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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

Borders - There are strict border controls in place for all arrivals to the Territory, including returning Territorians. All arrivals to the Northern Territory (NT) 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 and Sydney metro). 

More info at - https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine

Internal Travel - Only approved remote essential workers can travel to remote communities. Exemptions will be granted to those requiring entry to provide an essential service. Exemptions must be sought and approved prior to travel.

Regional Update -

  • Weather in Darwin over the last week has been relatively dry with average maximum temperatures of 33 degrees and minimums of 25 degrees. Humidity is starting to creep up with overnight percentages as high as 88% during the week. With La Nina conditions, weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Mary River National Park: Wildman River 4WD Track - Catastrophic Fire conditions forecast.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Borders - Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. You cannot enter WA unless you are an exempt traveller. 

From Monday, 5 October the following will come into effect: 

  • People entering WA from Victoria will be able to self-quarantine, where possible, for 14 days at suitable premises.
  • New South Wales will move to the same entry conditions that apply to other states and territories, excluding Victoria.
  • Arrivals will be subject to COVID-19 testing.

More info at - https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

Internal Travel - Travel is now permitted throughout all regions within WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities.

Regional Update - 

  • Kimberley: Thunderstorms forecast in the far north over next week. Temperatures across the region in the mid to high 30’s.
  • Great Northern Hwy: Drainage and widening works. Various locations between 40 and 80 km north of Halls Creek.
  • Pilbara: Weather is looking mostly sunny in the Pilbara over next week. Fire danger is high. Temperatures expected to be high 30’s earlier in the week before cooling to low to mid 30’s later in the week.
  • Koodaideri Bridge Construction: Great Northern Hwy approx. 5km north of Nanutarra Munjina Road.
  • South West WA: Cool and wet weather in the South West over week. Daytime temperatures expected to be in the mid-teens.
  • 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

Borders - Travellers from Victoria, other than approved categories of Essential Travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia. Travellers from ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA are able to enter South Australia directly without restriction. 

More info at - https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions

Internal Travel - Travel within South Australia is unrestricted. People are free to visit regional areas.

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 of South Australia.

Regional Update -

  • Travel East from Innamincka along the Adventure way is not recommended as the QLD border is closed. Access Innamincka by Strzelecki Track.
  • Far North East of SA, Floods closures expected on roads between Haddon Corner/ Cameron Corner.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Victoria

Borders - Second Step COVID restrictions in Metro Melbourne, Third Step restrictions in the rest of Victoria. All Victorians must wear face masks when leaving home.

More info at - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

Internal Travel - Restrictions in line with Second Step and Third Step 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.

Regional Update - 

  • Mount Buffalo NP: Most tracks have reopened. Including: Lake Catani Access Rd.
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.
  • Gibb Range Road: Snow clearing operations are underway on Benambra-Corryong Road between Gibb Range Road and Eustace Gap Track. Please drive with care in hazardous conditions which may be wet, muddy and icy.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Tasmania

Borders - The following restrictions apply to travellers from within Australia who have not spent time in Victoria in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania. See the above category for restrictions if you have been in these areas:

  • Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine for 14 days at their primary residence.
  • Non-Tasmanian residents, who are not classified as Essential Travellers, are required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation.
  • Essential Travellers are not required to quarantine but must undertake health screening on arrival and comply with the conditions described in Conditions for Essential Travellers. The Deputy State Controller may also apply additional conditions. 

More info at - https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

Internal Travel - No restrictions on internal state travel.

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 -

  • 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

Borders - 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. 

From Thursday 17 September border region residents are able to travel within the NSW/VIC border region for any reason with a current permit. Victorian border region residents no longer need to comply with any Victorian Stay at Home Directions while in NSW. 

From 12.01am Friday 2 October boarding school students and their parents and guardians can cross the NSW-Victorian border to attend boarding school. This applies to NSW and Victorian residents.

More info at - https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions

Internal Travel - There is currently no limit on the distance that a person may travel, however NSW Health recommends non-essential domestic travel should be avoided.

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 - 

  • Link Road, Kosciuszko NP: Road Closed both directions (Update:30-09-20).
  • Cameron Corner: Omicron to Cameron Corner - Flooding expected.
  • Tibooburra to Wompah Gate, Silver City Highway: Adverse Weather. (Updated: 30/09/20).
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Queensland
 

Borders - 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 1 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.

More info at - https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/border-restrictions

Internal Travel -  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.

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: Weather is looking reasonably dry over the next 7 days with average daily temperatures of around 30 degrees.
  • Peninsula Developmental Road: Road damage from earlier flooding near Yarraden.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Lake Garawongera and Lake Wabby scenic drives to reopen 1-Oct-20.
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. 
  • 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

2 comments

  • Colin: October 13, 2020

    G’day,
    Am impressed with all the up to date info you’ve provided, really have the finger on the pulse.
    Be looking forward to new up dates as they come in.
    Cheers
    Colin

  • Geoff Bennett: October 13, 2020

    Thank you for this service . Great information for us hopeful future interstate traveler’s .

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