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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

  • From 19 April 2021, quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will commence.
  • Known as green zone travel, it will enable the movement of people between the two countries in a way that is safe and ensures that public health requirements are met.

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. Currently there are no active hotspots (updated 05/05/21).

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 high moving across the Bight will bring cooler conditions to the south before gradually warming towards the end of the week. A cloud band will develop over the south from Friday, ahead of a trough that will move across southern districts late Friday and Saturday.
  • With La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months.
  • Javelin Road Dundee - Road Closed - Road Damage - Barramundi Boat Ramp ( 6 Pack Creek Ramp) Closed. (Last updated: 28-4-21).
  • Napperby Property Access - Flooding - Road Closed - Between Stuart Highway intersection and Napperby Station (Last updated: 28-4-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

Travel from all states into WA is now classified as ‘Very Low risk’.

Effective from 12.01am, Monday 19 April, based on the latest health advice and pending no further outbreaks:

  • Travellers from Queensland will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions.
  • Travellers from New Zealand will be considered a very low risk jurisdiction and are able to enter WA without having to quarantine, but subject to strict conditions.

Very low risk states and territories

(No community cases in 28 days)

  • Not required to quarantine
  • Currently includes TAS, QLD, SA, ACT, VIC, 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 (N/A).

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: 05/05/21)

Internal Travel Restrictions

People in Perth and Peel LGAs – and anyone from Perth and Peel in other regions of WA – must now wear a mask inside and outside.

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 deep trough and associated cloud band lies near the far west Pilbara. It will move slowly east during Wednesday and then weaken on Thursday. Another weak surface trough lies near the west Kimberley coast, and will remain there for the next few days.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Hot temps (High of low-mid 30s) expected.
    • Road Closed: Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Pentecost River - Flooding (Updated: 14-04-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A deep trough and associated cloud band lies near the far west Pilbara. It will move slowly east during Wednesday and then weaken on Thursday. Another weak surface trough lies near the west Kimberley coast, and will remain there for the next few days.
    • Fire Risk:
      -East Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -West Pilbara Coast: Low-Moderate
      -East Pilbara Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Ashburton Inland: Low-Moderate
      -Exmouth Gulf Coast: Low-Moderate
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week.
    • Road Closed: Nanutarra Munjina Rd - between Paraburdoo Tom Price Rd and Hamersley Rd - Flooding (Updated: 14-04-21).
  • South West WA:
    • A trough lies off the west coast, with an extensive cloud band situated over western parts of the State. The trough and cloud band will move east during Wednesday before weakening over the South Interior on Thursday. A second trough will move across the west coast on Thursday and a ridge will develop over the south of the State during Friday and Saturday.
    • Fire Risk: Geographe: Low-Moderate
      Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • 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.
  • Effective from 4:50 pm 27 April 2021
  • Travellers who have arrived from the Western Australia Restricted Zone comprising the Perth Region and Peel Region from Saturday 17 April 2021 are now subject to level 3 requirements (including: Must submit to a COVID-19 test within 24 hrs of arrival then again on day 5 and 13).
  • Must quarantine until they get a negative test result.

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 to the south of the Bight will move slowly eastwards during the middle of the week ahead of a change expected later in the week. A second change is expected across the south of the State early next week.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flooding (updated: 05/05/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Most tracks have reopened. Birdsville Track - Mungeranie to Marree 4WD only (updated: 28/4/21).
  • 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 -

No Interstate Restrictions

  • From 11 Jan 2021, All travellers will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia.​
  • Perth and Peel, WA LGAs have been declared Orange Zone hotspots.

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 trough extends over eastern Victoria on Wednesday, whilst a ridge of high pressure builds over western Victoria. The ridge will remain across Victoria on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday a trough that extends from New South Wales will move over Victoria while a cold front crosses Tasmania.
  • 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).
  • High risk areas include:
  • Perth Metropolitan Region
  • Peel Region (Updated: 05/05/21).

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 will move over Tasmania today and into the Tasman Sea Thursday. The ridge weakens during the day Thursday as a north to northeasterly flow develops. A trough crosses the state Friday and a cold front Saturday.
  • 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 (Except QLD), who have not been overseas, may enter without applying for a permit. Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.
You must complete an NSW entry declaration form if you are entering NSW after 5pm on 27 April 2021, and in the previous 14 days have been in any hotspot suburbs.

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 trough lies parallel to, and off the New South Wales coast, and is expected to deepen today, with a low pressure system expected to form within the trough off the central coast. This pattern is likely to bring wet conditions and large waves to coastal parts of the state, particularly in the south, until it moves away to the east on Friday and is replaced by a weak ridge of high pressure.
  • Flood Closures reopening throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner - Exercise caution . (Updated: 05/05/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • From 12pm AEST Tuesday 27 April 2021, the Perth and Peel regions of WA are no longer declared COVID-19 hotspots.
  •  NZ has updates on travellers from this location.
  • Queensland has current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice for people who have been in:
  • The Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia on or since 17 April 2021
  • The Melbourne Airport, Victoria on 21 April 2021
  • New Zealand on or since 17 April 2021.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • No Internal Travel Restrictions.

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 and cold front will move across the southeast today, associated with an upper low over New South Wales. These systems are likely to clear offshore of the southeast and central Queensland later today, with a ridge of high pressure building across much of the state in their wake. A cut off low may form offshore of the Queensland coast tomorrow, drifting southwards at the end of the week.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - at Archer River Road.
  • Fraser Island:
    • Planned bridge maintenance works on the Wanggoolba Creek vehicle bridge will be in progress from 8-19 May 2021. During this time the junction of Bennetts Road and Lake McKenzie Road, south to the Wanggoolba Road junction will be closed.
    • Most of the West coast is closed to beach driving (Updated 28/04/21).
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
  • South West QLD : Camerons Corner Road, Cameron Corner - Floods - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice (updated: 05/05/21).

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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