Road Closures & Track Conditions- 6th November

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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to international visitors (ex New Zealand)

Australia’s 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 all of Victoria). 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 severe to extreme heatwave will continue this week as a dry air mass resides over the Top End, leading to very hot daytime temperatures and above average overnight temperatures. Very hot temperatures will also be felt over southern parts of the Territory this week ahead of a trough over Western Australia. This trough will move north during the week, increasing the chance of showers and thunderstorms over western districts and bringing cooler temperatures to southern districts from Thursday.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Santa Teresa: Santa Teresa Road, Road closed due to damage, southwards between Allambi Turnoff and Andado Station.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

From Saturday, 14 November, WA will change its border policy. Every state and territory in Australia will need to record a 14-day rolling average of less than 5 community cases per day of COVID-19 for Western Australia’s new controlled interstate border arrangement to be introduced.

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 through northern parts of the State and will deepen through the inland Kimberley and inland Pilbara during Wednesday before drifting slowly east on Thursday.
      • Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of shower/thunderstorms throughout the week.
      • Fire Danger: North Kimberley Coast: High. West Kimberley Coast: Very High. Kimberley Inland: Servere.
      • Reconstruction and Sealing - Gibb River Road 8-km section west of El Questro Station. No line marking. Drive to conditions (Updated: 4/11/20).
      • Great Northern Highway: Drainage and widening works. Various locations between 40km and 80km north of Halls Creek (Updated: 4/11/20).
  • Pilbara: 
      • A broad trough lies through northern parts of the State and will deepen through the Pilbara during Wednesday before drifting slowly east on Thursday.
      • Mostly sunny, Slight (20%) chance of shower/thunderstorms throughout the week.
      • Fire Danger: High-Very High all areas across the Pilbara.
      • Koodaideri Bridge Construction: Great Northern Hwy approx. 5km north of Nanutarra Munjina Road.
  • South West WA:
      • A ridge of high pressure extends to the south of the State, with a high pressure system moving south of the State on Wednesday and Thursday. A new trough will begin to develop near the west coast from Wednesday and deepen further on Thursday and Friday before moving inland of the west coast on Saturday as the ridge contacts eastwards.
      • 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 from Victoria are not permitted to enter SA. No restrictions on other Australian travellers and those from NZ (who haven't been in a COVID-19 hotspot area). From 24 October, 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. Also Victorians looking to relocate to South Australia permanently or for work purposes, providing criteria around accommodation and/or employment in SA can be met can enter but must quarantine for 14 days.

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 centred well to the southwest of Perth will move slowly eastwards to be centred south of the Bight late in the week then over the Tasman Sea late Sunday. Another trough will move across from the west early next week.
  • Travel East from Innamincka along the Adventure way is not recommended as the QLD border is closed. Access Innamincka by Strzelecki Track. Large Flooding events in place, resulting in campsite and track damage.
  • Far North East of SA, Floods closures expected on roads between Haddon Corner/ Cameron Corner.
  • Road Works: Road Sealing - Strzelecki Track (472km). The SA government will seal the first 50-kilometres, Starting just north of Lyndhurst (until late 2021).
  • Closed Tracks due to rain - Coongie Track to Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park, 15 Mile Track, Mereenie Loop, Kings Marker, Ski Beach Campground, Wills Grave, Minke Waterhole Campground, Old Strzelecki Track (on Innamincka Regional Reserve only), Bore Track North.
  • Bore Track South – Closed until further notice.
  • Walker Crossing Public Access Route.
  • Open to 4WD - Cullyamurra Waterhole, Burke’s Grave, Queerbidie, Policemans.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Victoria

Border Update -

No Interstate Restrictions

No interstate travel restrictions.

Internal travel restrictions

There are tight internal travel restrictions between Melbourne Metro and Regional Victoria (due to be lifted on 8 November).


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 - 

  • Mount Buffalo NP: Most tracks have reopened. Including: Lake Catani Access Rd.
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.
    • Road Closed: Gilberts Road to Jeeralang West Road, Binns Junction.
  • A cold front over western Victoria will cross the State, while a large high pressure system develops south of WA. This high will extend a ridge over Victoria on Thursday and Friday while another cold front crosses the Southern Ocean. This front will clip southern Victoria early Saturday as the high moves eastwards towards Tasmania.
  • Yinnar South: Upper Middle Creek Road Closed - Road Damage.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Tasmania

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

People travelling from all states (plus NZ) except Victoria and NSW will be able to travel to Tasmania without being required to quarantine. Subject to Public Health advice, NSW will be able to travel without quarantine from Friday 6 November 2020.

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 warm north to north westerly stream will tend cooler southwesterly, as a cold front crosses Tasmania. The southwesterly stream continues through Thursday, although a weak trough lingers about the northeast of the state. Another cold front crosses Tasmania from the west on Friday afternoon. A high over the Bight then approaches Tasmania on Saturday, to lie just west of the state in the evening.
  • 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

NSW has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria. The NSW government has announced to reopen the border with VIC on 23rd NOV. Currently, only persons authorised under the public health order may enter NSW if they have been in Victoria in the last 14 days. Note there are special exemptions for NSW/VIC border residents. No quarantine required for the rest of Australia and NZ (from non-hotspot areas).

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 eastern parts is weakening as a trough and associated cold front approach from the west. This front is forecast to bring a cool change to southern parts of the state later today, extending through remaining areas on Thursday, accompanied by a period of unsettled weather. Another front looks set to skim across the south late Friday, after which a new high should extend a new ridge into the state during the weekend.
  • Cameron Corner: Omicron to Cameron Corner - Flooding expected.
  • Tibooburra to Wompah Gate, Silver City Highway:  Adverse Weather. (Updated: 4.11.2020).
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures in place.
  • Sturt National Park: Closed: Jump Up Loop Drive, Middle Road, Gorge Loop Road.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

QLD has temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria and NSW. Note there are special exemptions for QLD/NSW border residents. No quarantine required for the rest of Australia.

No internal travel restrictions

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


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 along the east coast of Queensland will weaken over the next day or two. An upper level trough and associated cold front will move east across the state on Thursday. Hot conditions are expected across much of the state, with slightly cooler conditions developing following the passage of the front, as a high moving into the Great Australian Bight extends a ridge and southerly air flow over the south of the state.
  • Cape York: Kennedy Developmental Road - The Lynd to Hughenden upgrade underway (Updated: 4/11/20).
  • Gregory Developmental Road: Pavement Repair, Greenvale / Southern Cross, Works both directions (Updated: 4/11/20).
  • Fraser Island:
    • Ungowa boat ramp is closed to all vessels, vehicles and pedestrians. 
    • Lake Wabby scenic drive impassable to Pile Valley road (Until: 01.01.2021)
    • Lake Garawongera scenic drive impassable to Poyungan road (Until: 01.01.2021).
    • Temporary closure of Beach camping zone 4 (Guluri, Eli) and 5 (Maheno, Wahba) due to increased wongari (dingo) activity (Until: 30.11.2020).
    • Central Station Redevelopment - Planned upgrade Central Station Cottage and Museum (Until: 31.10.2020).
  • South West QLD : Coorabulka Road, Diamantina Developmental Road, Davenport Road, closed due to Heavy rains/Flooding (Updated:4/11/20).
  • Slashers Creek Road, (East of Boulia) has reopened.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


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