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Your Ultimate Travel Guide To Australia Re-Opening

I highly doubt you missed it, but the last few months have seen unprecedented lockdowns and a huge change in our daily lives, thanks to a casual pandemic. Now there’s a light at the end of tunnel, but it’s so dang confusing to know where we can and can’t travel.

No-one seems to stick to their scheduled dates, other countries seem to be welcoming us back yet is doesn’t look like we’ll have international flights for some time, and rules keep changing.

So we’ve decided to bring all the latest information to one place for you. Together, we’ll work out where the bloody hell we’re allowed to go.

New South Wales

 

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New South Wales has already opened its borders to most other states and territories for travel, although with the recent spike in Victorian cases it has closed the border to VIC.

If you’re looking for a ski holiday, Thredbo Ski Resort will reopen from June 22 and Perisher on June 24. Restaurants and cafes are back, but with a four square metre distancing rule.

Pubs are also back but will now have stricter distancing laws enforced again, with group bookings at pubs reduced from 20 to 10 people, and large venues being capped at 300 patrons.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: I think we all deserve a wine, or 10. Get adventurous with these six underrated wine regions.

Australia Capital Territory

 

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There are currently no restrictions on travel around or to Australia’s smallest territory. Retail shops, restaurants and cafes, pubs and clubs and entertainment venues are all open, with a maximum of 100 people for public gatherings and 4 square metre social distancing rules.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: Our Nation’s capital really found its groove of late, here are the prettiest spots to visit in Canberra.

Victoria

 

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Due to an increasing number of cases, metropolitan Melbourne has been forced to go back into Stage 3 lockdown restrictions for six weeks from midnight on July 8. The state will also close its border to New South Wales residents.

This means residents can only leave their houses for care reasons, essential shopping, work or study if it cannot be done from home, and exercise. People living in metropolitan Melbourne are not allowed to enter regional areas.

 

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: Melbourne is amazing, but try getting out of the city with these 12 epic long weekend getaways.

South Australia

 

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The South Australian borders are already open for travel to residents of Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. From July 20, they will open up to visitors from all states and territories except Victoria and NSW.

Premier Steven Marshall says those final borders will remain closed indefinitely until SA consider it safe to re-open.

There are currently no social distancing restrictions within the state.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: It’s hard to narrow down one from the endless options, so here’s a list of our top 12 picks.

Western Australia

 

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Western Australia is currently allowing its own residents to travel around most of the state, excluding some remote Aboriginal communities. However, their borders are closed to all other states and territories, with the State Government advising they don’t plan to re-open until at least August 8.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: Are you even from Western Australia if you haven’t ticked these experiences off your bucket list?

Queensland

 

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Queensland borders re-opened to all states and territories except Victoria on July 10, with the exception of visitors from western Sydney suburbs Liverpool and Campbelltown, who will be turned away. Visitors from VIC will still need to quarantine at their own expense for 14-days.

From July 3, they eased to level three restrictions within the state, meaning venues are back open following a two or four square meter distancing rule, depending on their size.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: Escape the winter and definitely consider renting one of these islands you don’t even have to be rich for.

Northern Territory

 

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The Northern Territory borders are currently closed to travellers, but will re-open to all states and territories from July 17.

Venues have reopened, and events are allowed depending on the size, as long as strict safety rules and guidelines are followed.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: There is nothing like Kakadu National Park anywhere else in the world, here’s what to do in a weekend there.

Tasmania

 

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Tasmania’s borders are currently closed for travel, but will re-open but will re-open to all other states and territories from July 24. This is, of course, subject to public health advice.

Venues and gatherings can currently have up to 250 people indoors, and 500 people outdoors, as long as there’s only one person per two square metres.

Find official COVID updates here.

Where to travel: Get into the wild at any of these five amazing hikes around Tasmania.

Travel Bubbles

 

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New Zealand and Fiji are both discussing ‘Travel Bubbles’ with Australia at the moment, which allow citizens to travel between countries.

A proposed New Zealand timeline says it could happen this month, and Fiji has suggested it could be soon with several quarantine strings attached, however nothing is official.

International Travel

Many countries have officially opened back up to Aussie tourists, including Italy and Greece. However, with Qantas announcing they wouldn’t have international flights before July 2021, it may be near impossible to get there. There are also various quarantine times at some destinations and when you return to Australia.

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