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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

The safe travel zone allowing quarantine free travel from New Zealand to Australia resumed at 14:00 AEDT on Sunday 31 January. From Thursday, 25 February 2021, any traveller from New Zealand who has been in Auckland (except for transit through the airport from a connecting flight) 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.

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 will persist over the northern Tanami and northern Barkly Districts this week allowing more humid conditions across the Top End. The broad area of low pressure will allow heat to circulate over central and southern districts, causing very hot conditions to develop with heatwave conditions across much the Northern Territory this week, severe in some places, before a slightly cooler change moves into the southeast late in the week, easing conditions in that area.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Vaughan Springs Property Access - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Tanami Road intersection and Vaughan Springs station.
  • Sandover Highway - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Ammaroo and Eelkedra.
  • Nathan River Road - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Ryans Bend road intersection and Roper Highway.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Effective Thursday, February 4, travel from NSW and VIC is permitted, subject to 14 days of self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing.

Travel from VIC 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, QLD, 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 VIC.

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.)

(Last Update: 11/2/21)

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:
    • Mostly sunny. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the coast, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending west to northwesterly in the middle of the day. Daytime maximum temperatures 35 to 41.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Very Hot temps expected with a slight chance of showers/thunderstorms throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (updated: 11-02-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A deep trough lies over the western Pilbara and will gradually track east this week and contract to inland parts by Friday.
    • Fire Risk:
      -East Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -West Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -East Pilbara Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Ashburton Inland: High
      -Exmouth Gulf Coast: Low-Moderate
    • Mostly sunny with a slight chance of Showers throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: North West Coastal Hwy from Blowholes Road to Burkett Road - Flooding (Updated: 11/02/21)
  • South West WA:
    • A broad trough lies from the Interior to the Gascoyne and Central West coast, and is expected to deepen further down the west coast over the next few days. A ridge of high pressure lies stationary to the south of the state, with a high pressure system in the Bight.
    • Low-Moderate 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.
  • Border reopened to arrivals from the Greater Melbourne Area.
  • Travellers who arrived from Greater Melbourne and are subject to quarantine – if they have been to a high risk site are to remain segregated and isolated and contact SA Health regarding self-quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements.

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 south of the Bight will be nearly stationary through until the weekend, when it will move slowly eastwards. A slow-moving trough of low pressure is expected to move over the west and north of the State over the long weekend.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 11/2/20).
  • Flinders ranges Floods closures (Southern Flinders), some tracks open with caution. (updated: 11/2/20).
  • 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.​
  • Zone status - (Updated: 11-2-21) Orange - Perth and LGAs south to and including Manjimup LGA.

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 south of the Bight extends a ridge eastwards across Victoria, maintaining a cool southerly airstream across the State. The high will progress slowly eastwards this week, while a weak cold front crosses Tasmania and Bass Strait on Thursday. The high will become centred over Tasmania on Saturday, with a broad low pressure trough developing inland on Sunday.
  • 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).

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 weak cold front will move over Tasmania this evening, embedded in a westerly flow, while a stationary high lies over the Bight. Winds will strengthen early Thursday ahead of another cold front to cross during the late morning and afternoon with a colder southwesterly stream in its wake. This will tend more southerly early Friday, then gradually ease from the west as the high starts to move slowly eastwards and extend a ridge well to the south of Tasmania. On Saturday the ridge is forecast to extend over the state before the associated high drifts over and to the east early Sunday. A weak trough will then extend southwards from the mainland.
  • 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 slow moving high pressure system to the south of the Bight is extending a ridge towards the eastern New South Wales, with a weak inland trough lingering over the northern inland. A cold front is expected to brush the coast on Friday, reinforcing the southerly winds. Generally stable weather patterns are expected in many parts the state except the northeast until the end of the week, then unstable weather pattern looks set to return to the eastern half early next week as the high pressure system drifts to the Tasman Sea, dragging moist airmass the north.
  • Bogan Shire: Canonba Rd is closed - Flooding (updated: 11/2/2021).
  • Sturt National Park: Toona Gate Road is open with caution to 4WD's only (updated: 11/2/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

From 1am AEST Saturday 27 February 2021 all regions of Victoria have been removed as COVID-19 hotspots.

COVID-19 hotspots are updated regularly. Currently there are no hotspots.

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 trough extends across the Cape York Peninsula and into the monsoon trough over the Coral Sea. Tropical Cyclone Niran lies offshore of Cooktown and will continue to be slow moving during Wednesday, before contracting away to the southeast from Thursday. A high in the Bight extends a strengthening ridge along the coast while a trough extends from the northwest to the southern interior. The trough will slowly move westwards over the coming days as the ridge builds near the coast.
  • Cape York: Burke Developmental Road - Closed at the Lynd due to Flooding (updated: 27/01/21).
  • 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).
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving (Updated 11/02/21).
    • 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 (updated: 27/01/21).

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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