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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 visitors (from non-hotspot regions) are permitted to travel to Australia without requiring quarantine except if they are visiting Queensland and WA.


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, 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

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 (currently none -Update 2/12/20). No quarantine required for the rest of Australia and NZ (from non-hotspot areas)

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 central districts will remain slow-moving this week, with showers and thunderstorms north of the trough and more frequent across the western Top End. A ridge over southern districts of the Territory will weaken during Thursday, with hotter conditions then developing in the south. The next trough will enter southern districts on Saturday with showers and thunderstorms also spreading southwards into southern NT.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Litchfield National Park - Flooding - Road Closed - Bamboo Creek and Walker Creek Day Use Access.
  • Jim Jim Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Arnhem Highway intersection and Kakadu Highway intersection (Update: 02/12/20).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

From 12.01am, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 and subject to no further outbreaks, travel from Victoria and New South Wales will be classified as ‘very low risk’.

South Australia will remain a ‘medium risk’ jurisdiction until at least 11 December.

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, QLD, 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 NSW and VIC.
    Medium risk states and territories

  • Currently includes SA
  • Must not enter WA unless exempted.
  • Must quarantine for 14 days, unless exempted.

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 in the inland Kimberley extends through the North Interior and to the Pilbara.
      • Showers/thunderstorms expected throughout the week.
      • Great Northern Hwy - Wyndham, Parry Creek Rd - Maintenance.

  • Pilbara: 
      • A trough in the inland Kimberley extends through the North Interior and to the Pilbara.
      • Showers/thunderstorms expected throughout the week.
      • Tom Price - Nanutarra-Munjina Rd both directions from Tom Price-Paraburdoo Rd to Bingarn Rd (Updated: 2/12/20).

  • South West WA:
      • A high pressure system in the Bight and a trough forming just inland from the west coast on Wednesday before moving east later in the day. The trough will deepen through the Goldfields during Thursday before moving into the Eucla and South Interior during Friday. A weakening cold front will brush the western south coast early Friday and a ridge will rapidly develop in its wake.
      • 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

No restrictions on Australian travellers and those from NZ (who haven't been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). SA and Victorian cross-border community members will be able to travel within a 70 km border zone, without needing a reason to do so. SA/VIC Border has reopened to travellers heading into SA.

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 south of the Bight will move slowly eastwards to be over the Tasman Sea on Thursday. A cold front will move across the Nullarbor Plain on Friday evening and the remainder of the State on Saturday.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 2/12/20).
  • Far North East of SA, Floods closures reopened, some tracks with caution.
  • Road Works: Road Sealing - Strzelecki Track (472km). The SA government will seal the first 50-kilometres, Starting just north of Lyndhurst (until late 2021).
  • Bore Track South – Closed until further notice.
  • Open to 4WD - Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burke’s Grave, Queerbidie, Policemans.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Victoria

Border Update -

No Interstate Restrictions

There are border closure ‘Colour restrictions’. Travellers from Green and Orange Zones are allowed to apply for a Cross border application, with ‘Red Zone’ visitors unable to enter Victoria (Updated: 02/12/20).
The Victorian Government is watching the South Australian response to the Parafield Cluster, additionally requiring people to quarantine if they have been to a metro Adelaide hotspot.  

No Internal Travel Restrictions

Last Step restrictions are in place but the internal travel restrictions between Melbourne Metro and Regional Victoria have been lifted.


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 the Bight will cross Victoria today and reach the Tasman Sea tonight. Another high centre will develop over western Victoria during Thursday as a weak cold front approaches Tasmania during the evening. The high is then expected to cross Bass Strait on Friday, moving over the NSW coast later in the day as a strong cold front crosses the Bight. This front will sweep across Victoria and Bass Strait on Saturday, establishing a cooler westerly airstream across 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

People travelling from all states (plus NZ) will be able to travel to Tasmania without being required to quarantine (Except SA). The Tasmanian Government opened the border to Victoria on 1st Dec.
South Australia, is now classified as a ‘Medium Risk’ area and travellers will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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 strong and gusty westerly flow over Tasmania will tend west to southwesterly this morning, as a low pressure system passes to the south, before gradually easing during the day as a ridge of high pressure extends north of the state. High pressure systems northeast and northwest of Tasmania will maintain a westerly flow across the state on Thursday. A cold front will cross Tasmania on Friday as a high moves north of the state. The high will move to the northeast of Tasmania early Saturday with strengthening northerly winds to shift westerly in the evening as a cold front crosses the state and an associated low moves to the south.
  • 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 -

Interstate Restrictions

Anyone travelling into NSW who has been to South Australia in the last 14 days must complete a NSW entry declaration form before entering NSW. Permits are not required for Travelers from other states and Territories.

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 over the Great Australian Bight has pushed milder air across most of the state, though it will remain hot to very hot over the far northern districts today, ahead of a weak southerly change over the far north of the state this evening. A weak trough is forecast to linger over the northern inland for the remainder of the week. The next cold front looks set to cross the state on the weekend.
  • Cameron Corner: Omicron to Cameron Corner - Flooding expected.
  • Tibooburra to Wompah Gate, Silver City Highway:  Adverse Weather. (Updated: 02/12/2020).
  • Packsaddle: Yancannia Road - Mulga Valley To Cobham. Exercise caution, Allow extra travel time
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.
  • Sturt National Park: Toona Gate Road is open with caution to 4WD's only.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

From 1am AEST 1st December 2020 you only need to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass if, in the last 14 days, you have been in a hotspot or overseas and didn’t fly into Queensland when you arrived in Australia.

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 ridge over the east coast of Queensland will gradually weaken through the end of the week. A trough will remain slow moving over the southwest for the next few days. Ahead of this feature, a stagnant air mass and clear skies will lead to very hot conditions persisting across southern Queensland.
  • Cape York: Kennedy Developmental Road - The Lynd to Hughenden upgrade underway (Updated: 02/12/20).
  • Gregory Developmental Road: Pavement Repair, Greenvale / Southern Cross, Works both directions Until mid Dec (Updated: 02/12/20).
  • Fraser Island:
    • Fraser Island: A Wildfire is currently active on the island.
      Closed roads (From 25/11/20 until 4/12/20) include: Cornwells Road: between the Eastern Beach and Northern Road, Lake Wabby Road: between Cornwells Road and Northern Road, Postans (Poyungan) Road: 500m west from the Eastern Beach, Lake Garawongera Scenic Drive: west from Happy Valley. 
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. 
  • South West QLD : Tickalara Road, Orientos Road, Camerons Corner Road, Wompah Gate Road, closed due to Heavy rains/Flooding (Updated:02/12/20).

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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