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Australia

Border Update -

Closed to International Visitors (ex New Zealand)

  • Australia’s international borders had reopened. Fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can travel overseas without an exemption. There will also be reduced quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers when they return to or enter Australia.

Restrictions on New Zealand Visitors

  • Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to Australia has recommenced from 1 November 2021.
  • Quarantine-free travel from Australia to New Zealand remains suspended.

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

  • Visitors to the Northern Territory (NT) will not be permitted entry if they are from a declared Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site. Any visitors from these areas will be turned around and may be subject to a fine.
  • You will only be allowed to enter the NT if:
    - You are a returning Territorian, have not been in a Covid-19 hotspot or public exposure site in the past 14 days, or belong to one of the automatic approval categories or have received approved exemption NT after submitting an NT Border Entry Application.
  • Currently: All LGAs in VIC, ACT and NSW are active hot spots (updated 03/11/21).
  • 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 trough will move from the southern districts to the central districts today then weaken during Thursday as a ridge develops over central Australia. Another trough will deepen over WA on Friday and move across southern districts during Saturday. Meanwhile a ridge will remain firm along the Queensland coast this week and direct easterly winds across the Top End. This ridge will weaken during the weekend.
  • ‘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. 
  • Gibbie Creek 4WD Track - Road Closed - Between Fish Hole yard wickham 4wd track and Gregory National park boundary. (Last updated: 27-10-21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE


Western Australia

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • WA has introduced a hard border with all states and territories (Excluding TAS, SA and NT) following the evolving COVID-19 situations and outbreak and you are not allowed to travel without an exemption.
  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
    Travellers from all states must look at the ‘State Risk Ratings’. 
  • Very low risk states and territories
    (No community cases in 28 days)
    - Not required to quarantine
    - Currently includes: TAS, QLD, SA 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: ACT.
  • High risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an approval through G2G PASS.
    - if permitted to enter, travellers must self-quarantine/quarantine for 14 days in suitable premises.
    - Covid tests required.
    - Currently Includes: N/A.
  • Extreme risk states and territories
    - Travellers are not permitted to enter without an exemption.
  • Currently Includes: NSW, VIC.

(Last Update: 03/11/21).

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 trough extends from the inland Pilbara through the Interior while a weak trough is also evident over the inland Kimberley. The trough over the inland Pilbara will contract towards the southeast later Thursday into Friday as a ridge strengthens into western parts of the Pilbara.
    • Fire Risk:
      • North Kimberley Coast: High
      • West Kimberley Coast: High
      • Kimberley Inland: High
    • Hot temps (reaching mid 30s to low 40s) expected.
    • Road Alert: Gibb River Rd - Upgrades - Construction and seal 9 km section between Kimberley Downs Road and Kimberley Flats.
      Side track in place for 10 km - traffic management in place with speed restrictions. (Updated: 21/10/21).
  • Pilbara: 
    • A trough extends from the inland Pilbara through the Interior while a weak trough is also evident over the inland Kimberley. The trough over the inland Pilbara will contract towards the southeast later Thursday into Friday as a ridge strengthens into western parts of the Pilbara.
    • Fire Risk:
      • East Pilbara Coast: High
      • West Pilbara Coast: Very High
      • East Pilbara Inland: Severe
      • Ashburton Inland: Very High
      • Exmouth Gulf Coast: High
    • Mostly sunny throughout the week, temps into the low 30s to low 40s.

  • South West WA:
    • A high is moving across southern WA and will cross into the Bight during during the evening. A trough will form through the inland South West Land Division early Thursday and move towards the southeast during the day. By Friday afternoon the southern part of the trough will move rapidly into South Australia as a new ridge strengthens over the south and west coasts in its wake. The northern part of the trough will linger back into the Interior on Friday and then contract slowly northwards on Saturday as the ridge becomes further established over southern WA.
    • Fire Risk:
      • Geographe: Low-Moderate
      • Leeuwin: Low-Moderate
      • Nelson: Low-Moderate
    • Cloudy throughout the rest of the week, with a chance (up to 80%) of showers. Temps into the low 20s.
    • Quite extensive road works being undertaken on the South Coast Highway over October and November.
    • South Coast Hwy - Franklin River Bridge, Nornalup -Bridge Works, Speed reduction in place, one lane closed - minimal delays expected (Updated:21/10/21).

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.
  • Border restrictions are in place. From 16 August 2021, any person arriving in South Australia who has been in NSW, ACT or VIC is 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 trough of low pressure current lies over eastern SA and will move further eastwards during the remainder of today. A high will develop over the Bight later today and then move rapidly eastwards. Another trough is expected to move into the far west of SA late Friday, and will extend across the State on Saturday.
  • Birdsville inside Track Closed - Mungeranie to Marree (updated: 03/11/21).
  • North East of state - Floods update, Some tracks have recently reopened. Cordillo Downs Road - Arrabury turn off to SA/QLD Border, Open (updated: 21/10/21).
  • 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.
  • Greater Sydney, NSW* and ACT are Downgraded to ‘Orange Zones’ under Victoria’s Travel Permit System. (*All other NSW LGAs are classified as ‘Green Zones’).

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • From 11:59pm on 21 October 2021: Restrictions are in place for the state of VIC.

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 ridge of high pressure along the east coast of Australia is directing northerly winds across Victoria. A low pressure trough over South Australia is forecast to enter western Victoria late this morning before moving over central districts this evening. The trough is forecast to stall over eastern Victoria on Thursday as a high pressure system to the west moves towards southern Tasmania, then continue to linger over northeastern Victoria during Friday. Another low pressure trough will approach from the west on Saturday, and begin to cross 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.
  • 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).
  • Current border restrictions of high risk areas can be found here.
  • Low-risk:
    - NT, WA, SA, QLD*
  • Medium Risk:
    - (N/A)
  • High Risk:
    - ACT, NSW, VIC
    *= a number of premises have also been declared as high-risk

(Updated: 03/11/21).

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 lies to the southeast of Tasmania resulting in a freshening northerly flow over the state ahead of a trough that will cross Tasmania later today bringing moderate westerly winds. The trough will lie just to the east of Tasmania on Thursday with a ridge of high pressure to the west and south of the state. The ridge will decay on Friday with a northerly flow to again develop over Tasmania. Northerly winds will continue on Saturday with a trough to cross in the morning before a cold front moves over the state in the evening.
  • Upgrading the Bruny Island Ferry Terminals. Construction of a second ferry berth to take place Dec 20 - Sep 21.

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

New South Wales/ ACT

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Travelers from interstate: Guidelines in place for travellers from interstate hotspots.
  • No NSW entry declaration form required to enter NSW. (Updated 03/11/21).

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • Fully vaccinated residents can travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW. Additional roadmap information.

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 Tasman Sea is extending a ridge towards the northeast of the state while tracking slowly southeast. A cold front and associated trough entering the west will bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to inland districts on Wednesday, and then spread east on Thursday and Friday as the system crosses the state.
  • HAZARD Road damage: Tibooburra to Toona Gate - Toona Gate Rd - Exercise caution - Traffic affected in both directions. (Updated: 06/10/21).

View the live interactive Road Conditions Map HERE

 

Queensland

Border Update -

Interstate Restrictions

  • Interstate restrictions are in place. All travellers must complete a Queensland entry pass to enter Queensland from anywhere in Australia or New Zealand
  • From 23/07/21, NSW, ACT, JBT and VIC are COVID-19 hotspots. (Updated:03/11/21).
  • Restricted Border Zone with NSW in place. 

Internal Travel Restrictions

  • No restrictions on internal state travel.

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 near New Zealand maintains a firm ridge over eastern Queensland, with a southeasterly wind surge moving north along the northeast coast. The high and ridge will persist for several days, slowly weakening late in the week. A trough will move into the far southwest early Thursday, lingering for a few days then moving east across central and southern Queensland this weekend.
  • Cape York: Peninsula Developmental Road - Road Works - 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.
    • Look and listen for aircraft landing and taking off along the eastern beach. Follow direction from the ground control crew.
    • Fraser Island report - 29th October, 2021.
  • South West QLD :  Cordillo Access - Birdsville Dev Rd turnoff to South Australia Border (via Cordillo Downs) (updated: 3/11/21).

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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