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Road Conditions & Track Conditions 30th July

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 all LGAs in NSW are an active hot spot (updated 28/07/21).
  • NSW:
    - Travellers to NT from NSW since 19 May 2021 or after who have been to any of the locations listed as ‘COVID-19 case locations’, need to isolate/quarantine - exemptions could apply.
  • SA:
    - The CHO has declared a number of hotspots across SA for the purposes of travel to the NT.
  • Vaccination status: If a person is fully vaccinated they are still required to follow all test and quarantine directions.

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 weak ridge will extend across northern NT for the remainder of the week, which will produce lighter winds and more humid conditions across the Top End and very warm temperatures away from the coast. A weak cold front will move across southern NT on Wednesday, then warmer northerly winds will quickly redevelop across the south from Thursday with day time temperatures reaching more than 10 degrees above average.
  • ‘The Dry’ season has started running from May- Oct, but with La Niña conditions, the weather is looking wetter than average over the next couple of months. 
  • Reynolds 4WD Track Litchfield - Flooding - Road Closed, Between Sandy Creek and Daly River Road. (Last updated: 28-07-21).
  • Dorisvale Road - Flooding - Road Closed - At Wombungi Station border (Last updated: 28-07-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    Travellers from all states must look at the ‘State Risk Ratings’. NSW, QLD, SA, VIC are classified as ‘Medium risk’, Vic is Classified as ‘Low risk’.
  • WA has introduced a hard border with SA, NSW and VIC following the evolving COVID-19 situations and outbreak and you are not allowed to travel without an exemption.
  • All arrivals into WA from QLD since Saturday 19 June 2021 who have been to any of the listed exposure sites during the relevant times are required to:
    - get a COVID-19 test immediately (within 48 hours)
    - self-quarantine for 14 days after date of exposure
    - present for a day 11 COVID-19 test
    - wear masks when transiting to self-quarantine premises or to get a COVID-19 test
  • Very low risk states and territories
    (No community cases in 28 days)
    - Not required to quarantine
    - Currently includes TAS 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 ACT.
  • 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 NSW, VIC, QLD, SA.

(Last Update: 28/07/21)

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 ridge lies through central parts of the State. A trough is developing over the western Pilbara and will move slowly east during Wednesday. A series of fronts will move through the south of the State on Thursday and Friday before another ridge develops through central parts on Saturday.
    • Low/Moderate Fire risk.
    • Mild temps (Mid teens to low 30s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Road Open to High Clearance 4WDs and trucks under 25t ONLY. Gibb River Rd from Mount Barnett to Kalumburu T/O - Flooding (Updated: 16-06-21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A ridge lies through central parts of the State. A trough is developing over the western Pilbara and will move slowly east during Wednesday. A series of fronts will move through the south of the State on Thursday and Friday before another ridge develops through central parts on Saturday.
    • 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, into the mid 20s to low 30s.
    • Road Flooded: Nanutarra Munjina Rd - Nameless Valley Dr and Bingarn Rd - Flooding - Open with Extreme Caution - 4WDs Only -  (Updated: 21-07-21).
  • South West WA:
    • A gusty westerly flow is easing over southern parts as a weak high pressure system develops over central parts of the State. A strong cold front moves over southwest parts of the State on Thursday with another front on Friday. Another ridge will begin to extend through central parts of the State on Saturday before another front moves over the southwest of the State later in the day.
    • 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.
    • Road Closed: Muir Hwy closed at the Kent River Bridge, Perillup - Flooding. Road to remain CLOSED to all vehicles, Repairs to the side track are progressing. Detour available.

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.
  • From 19 July 2021, any person arriving in South Australia who has been in the state of NSW, ACT, VIC or Greater Brisbane, are 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 fresh to strong and gusty north to northwesterly airstream, ahead of a cold front moving across the east this morning. A high pressure system will move rapidly eastwards across the State on Thursday morning ahead of a trough of low pressure on Friday and a cold front on Saturday.
  • Birdsville Inside Track Closed due to flood damage (updated: 28/07/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Most tracks have reopened. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, Open to 4WD and Heavy Vehicles (updated: 28/07/21).
  • 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 11:59pm on 26 February 2021, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.
  • NSW is now a ‘Extreme Risk Zone’ under Victoria’s Travel Permit System.
  • SA and ACT are now Red Zones and Greater Brisbane is an Orange Zone.

No Internal Travel Restrictions

  • 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 and cold front will move across Victoria on Wednesday, associated with a low to the south of Tasmania. A high pressure system will drift to the north of Victoria on Thursday, with a weak ridge extending over the State. The high will move to the northeast on Friday, with winds tending northerly and strengthening. A cold front moving through the Bight at the end of the week is expected to cross western and central Victoria during Saturday afternoon and evening.
  • Haunted Stream Track: Haunted Stream Track - Tambo Crossing is closed. DELWP are undertaking repairs. Reopening will be dependent on weather conditions.
  • Extensive road closures throughout the South East of the state. A weather event has resulted in widespread floods. Drive to conditions. Some detours in place (updated: 11/06/21).
  • High Country: Seasonal Closures are in effect, Check the list of tracks to close from the 17th June 2021.

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).
  • Low-risk:
    - ACT, NT, QLD, SA, WA
  • Medium Risk:
    - (N/A)
  • High Risk:
    - VIC, SA*, NSW, QLD*
    *= a number of premises have also been declared as high-risk

(Updated: 21/07/21).

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 strong and gusty northwesterly stream over Tasmania precedes a cold front which will cross during the afternoon and evening, while a deep low moves well to the south. A westerly change to follow will ease on Thursday as a weak ridge of high pressure drifts over the state, extending from a high over New South Wales. A northwesterly stream will develop and strengthen over Tasmania on Friday as another cold front approaches from the west, to move over the state during Saturday.
  • Lake Mackenzie road, reopened South Eastwards from Mersey Forrest Road (C171) intersection, to Lake Mackenzie.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Dec 20 - Jul 21.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Travelers from other Australian States and Territories, who have not been overseas, may enter after applying for a permit (Excluding ACT, WA, NT and TAS). Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots. Updated 28-07-21
  • 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 interstate hotspot suburbs.

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • There is currently a 10km limit on the distance that a person may travel in Sydney, NSW Health recommends non-essential domestic travel should be avoided. 
  • Stay-at-home orders are being introduced until at least 30 July for those who live in Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

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 over the northern Tasman Sea will move slowly east today and tomorrow. A cold front is crossing the far southwest this morning, and will move across the state, reaching northeastern parts on Thursday. This front will bring windy conditions to the ranges and rainfall to the western slopes as it crosses the state.
  • Flood Closures reopening throughout the North West of state between Broken Hill - Wanaaring - and Cameron’s Corner - Exercise caution - some closures in place. (Updated: 28/07/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Interstate restrictions are in place.
  • From 23/07/21, NSW, SA and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:28/07/21).

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 high in the northern Tasman Sea extends a ridge along the east coast. A weak trough will enter the southwest in the late morning, moving east across southern Queensland and pushing off the east coast on Thursday. A new high will move over southeast Australia on Thursday, extending a new ridge over the state in the wake of the trough. The high will move into the northern Tasman Sea on Friday, maintaining the ridge over the state.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - 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 (Updated 28/07/21).
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Planned burns: QPWS rangers will conduct planned burns in the K’gari (Fraser Island) Recreation Area from April until September 2021.
    • Fraser Island report - 23th July, 2021.
  • South West QLD : Camerons Corner Road, Cameron Corner - Floods - Vehicle access is closed to all vehicles and will remain closed until further notice. This includes most roads from Thargomindah (updated: 25/06/21).

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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