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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to International Visitors (ex New Zealand)

  • Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can travel overseas without an exemption. Depending on the state or territory of arrival, there may be reduced quarantine requirements when they enter Australia. Learn more about vaccinations, pre-flight testing and travel requirements.

Restrictions on New Zealand Visitors

  • Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia has recommenced from 1 November 2021.
  • Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand remains suspended.

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 24th November 2021, 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

  • Visitors to the Northern Territory (NT) will not be permitted entry if they are from a declared Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site. Any visitors from these areas will be turned around and may be subject to a fine.
  • You will only be allowed to enter the NT if:
    - You are a returning Territorian, have not been in a Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site in the past 14 days, or belong to one of the automatic approval categories or have received approved exemption NT after submitting an NT Border Entry Application.
  • Currently: All LGAs in VIC, ACT and NSW are active hot spots (updated 01/12/21).
  • Vaccination status: If a person is fully vaccinated they are still required to follow all test and quarantine directions.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • If you're in a lockdown area, you must stay at home. You can't leave the lockdown area to travel to another location in the Territory.
  • You also can't enter or exit the Robinson River area, including surrounding homelands, before 6pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021, when the current lockout restrictions are expected to end.

For more information refer to: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au/travel/quarantine

Regional Update -

  • A relatively dry airmass extends across the Top End resulting in isolated showers and thunderstorms confined to the coasts. Heat building across the base of the Top End is expanding across much of the Northern Territory during the week as a trough deepens near the SA border, resulting in low to severe heatwave across most parts of the NT. A heat trough near the base of the Top End will deepen this week and will cause isolated showers and thunderstorms to spread slowly inland late in the week and ease the heatwave later in the weekend.
  • ‘The Dry’ season has concluded, with La Niña conditions expected. The weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months. 
  • Gibbie Creek 4WD Track - Road Closed - Between Fish Hole yard wickham 4wd track and Gregory National park boundary. (Last updated: 1/12/21).
  • Central Australia has seen significant rainfall in the last few weeks. Some tracks in southern NT are closed or impassable.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • WA has introduced a hard border with all states and territories (Excluding TAS and SA) following the evolving COVID-19 situations and outbreak and you are not allowed to travel without an exemption.
  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    Travellers from all states must look at the ‘State Risk Ratings’. 
  • Very low risk states and territories
    (No community cases in 28 days)
    - Not required to quarantine
    - Currently includes: TAS and QLD
  • 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: NT and SA.
  • 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: ACT.
  • High risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an approval through G2G PASS.
    - if permitted to enter, travellers must self-quarantine/quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises.
    - Covid tests required.
    - Currently Includes: NSW.
  • Extreme risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an exemption.
  • Currently Includes: VIC.

(Last Update: 1/12/21).

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 trough lies over the inland Kimberley and Pilbara.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: Very High
      • West Kimberley Coast: Very High
      • Kimberley Inland: Very High
    • Hot temps (reaching high 30s to low 40s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Bushfire - Great Northern Hwy from Broome Rd intersection to 2km past Nillibubbaca Rest Area, Roebuck.
      Exercise Extreme Caution. Firefighters on site. (Updated: 24/11/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A trough lies over the inland Kimberley and Pilbara.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: Extreme
      • West Pilbara Coast: Extreme
      • East Pilbara Inland: Severe
      • Ashburton Inland: Severe
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: Very High
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, temps into the low 30s to low 40s.
    • Nanutarra - Burrup Road, Dampier - Road Block - Road closed to all vehicles. Emergency Services Onsite. Seek Alternative Routes. (Updated: 24/11/21).

  • South West WA:
    • A high pressure ridge lies along the south coast with a broad trough over the South West Land Division. A weak cold front may brush the southwest coast during Wednesday with the ridge becoming established south of the State on Thursday.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: High
    • Cloudy throughout the rest of the week, with a chance (up to 80%) of showers. Temps into the high 20s/ low 30s.
    • 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

  • Travellers are permitted to enter providing they have completed the Cross Border Travel Registration Form prior to entry into SA.
  • Border restrictions are in place. From 16 August 2021, any person arriving in South Australia who has been in NSW, ACT or VIC is currently prohibited from entering SA - Exceptions apply.

Internal Travel Restrictions


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 trough over the far west of SA will move over the remainder of the west and south today then slowly over the northeast and far north during Thursday and Friday. A high pressure system will become established over the Bight on Friday then move eastwards over the weekend.
  • Rain Closures: Large amounts of outback SA roads have been closed due to poor weather. The majority remain closed and have restrictions  (updated: 1/12/21).
  • Birdsville inside Track Closed - Mungeranie to Marree (updated: 1/12/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Most tracks are closed. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, is open with restrictions (updated: 1/12/21).
  • 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 -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From 6 pm on 25 November 2021, domestic visitors to Victoria will no longer need to get a travel permit to enter the state, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • You are not required to quarantine or hold a permit to enter Victoria from another Australian state or territory to visit, work, transit, or if you are a cross-border resident.

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • From 11:59pm 18 November 2021: Restrictions have eased for the state of VIC.

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 south of New Zealand extends a weakening ridge along the southern New South Wales coast. A coastal trough is located near the north coast, with an embedded low pressure system likely to develop offshore of the Mid North Coast this afternoon. This low will then more further offshore tomorrow. A broad area of low pressure is located in the far west of the state, but will develop further as a new trough enters the southwest of the state tomorrow, before moving across the state on Friday.
  • Haunted Stream Track: Haunted Stream Track - Tambo Crossing is closed. DELWP are undertaking repairs. Reopening will be dependent on weather conditions.
  • High Country: Seasonally Closed tracks have reopened, Check the list of tracks open/closed.

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).
  • New entry conditions for Tasmania from December 2021
  • From 15 December 2021 the entry conditions and processes to enter Tasmania will change.
  • Current border restrictions of high risk areas can be found here.
  • Low-risk:
    - NT*, WA, SA, QLD*
  • Medium Risk:
    - (N/A)
  • High Risk:
    - ACT, NSW, VIC
    *= a number of premises have also been declared as high-risk

(Updated: 1/12/21).

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 -

  • A high pressure system to the east of Tasmania continues to weaken today with warm to locally hot northeasterlies ahead of a weak trough crossing in the afternoon and early evening. The high to the east remains dominant on Thursday, with northeasterlies prevailing ahead of a trough bringing a westerly change over Tasmania in the afternoon and evening. A cold front is expected to cross early Friday with a trough to linger about the northeast in the afternoon and into Saturday morning before a high pressure system moves over the state during the afternoon.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • Fully vaccinated residents can travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW. Additional roadmap information.

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 high pressure system south of New Zealand extends a weakening ridge along the southern New South Wales coast. A coastal trough is located near the north coast, with an embedded low pressure system likely to develop offshore of the Mid North Coast this afternoon. This low will then more further offshore tomorrow. A broad area of low pressure is located in the far west of the state, but will develop further as a new trough enters the southwest of the state tomorrow, before moving across the state on Friday.
  • HAZARD Road damage: Tibooburra to Toona Gate - Toona Gate Rd - Exercise caution - Traffic affected in both directions. (Updated: 30/11/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Interstate restrictions are in place. All travellers must complete a Queensland entry pass to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand
  • Robinson River and Katherine LGAs (NT), NSW, ACT, JBT and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:1/12/21).
  • Restricted Border Zone with NSW in place. 

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • No restrictions on internal state travel.

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 weak ridge extends over eastern Queensland, while a trough over western Queensland is expected to move eastwards across central and southern Queensland over the next day. An upper trough over central parts of the state is enhancing rainfall over south eastern Queensland as it moves east. The upper trough is expected to cross southeast Queensland through this evening. A weak trough may linger over central Queensland from Thursday. A high moving into the Great Australian Bight late in the week and over the weekend will extend a new ridge over much of the state.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - Road Works - 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.
    • Vehicles are prohibited on the beach between South Ngkala Rocks and Sandy Cape Lighthouse between 6pm to 6am, from 15 Nov 21 to 31 Mar 2022.
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Fraser Island report - 26th November, 2021.
  • West/Central West QLD :  Massive Rain has resulted in flooding closures.

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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