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Your Ultimate Travel Guide To Australia Re-Opening

I highly doubt you missed it, but this year has 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.

In the best news we’ve had to date, however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison just announced after National Cabinet that (nearly) all Australian states and territories will be re-open for Christmas.

“We agreed in principle with the reopening framework for Australia by Christmas,” Morrison said. “By Christmas of this year, certainly seven of the eight states and territories will be open and you never know, it might be eight”.

We’ve combined all the latest information in one place for you. Together, we’ll work out where the bloody hell we’re allowed to go and when.

New South Wales

 

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New South Wales has already opened its borders to most other states and territories for travel. Up to 20 people are allowed at private gatherings, pubs and restaurants are a go with some number restrictions, and masks are strongly encouraged on public transport.

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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Victoria has has opened its borders to most other states and territories for travel, and their second lockdown is over, baby.

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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While the South Australian borders are open for travel to residents of NT, QLD, TAS, NSW and WA, the recent Covid outbreak means that Adelaide is going into a strict six-day lockdown from midnight on November 18. Non-essential VIC travellers are currently blocked, with plans to open to everyone by Christmas.

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. While NSW, VIC and SA still need to quarantine for two-week upon arrival, WA have opened their borders to all other states and territories.

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 have re-opened to all states and territories except Victoria. NSW will be allowed in from December 1.

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 open to everyone who isn’t in a current hot spot, though all travellers will need to fill out a border entry form before arrival. Travellers from hot spots must quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. You can find a list of hot spots on their website.

According to their government website, “New Zealand is now treated like another Australian State or Territory for the purposes of the Territory’s border restrictions”.

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 border restrictions relaxed for travellers from all states and territories except VIC and now SA. Tassie have agreed to re-open to all states and territories by Christmas, according to Scott Morrison.

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, Fiji, Japan and Singapore have all discussed ‘Travel Bubbles’ with Australia, which would allow citizens to travel between countries.

New Zealand travellers are allowed to enter some Australian states and territories without quarantine, and it looks like the bubble is still going ahead.

Many countries have officially opened back up to Aussie tourists, including Italy and Greece. However, with international flights being pushed back to the end of 2021, it may be near impossible to get there. There are also various quarantine times at some destinations, and when you return to Australia.

(Lead Image: Unsplash / Christopher Burns