Travelling in Australia 2020

Everything you 'need to know' and where to go post the Covid19 lockdown.

Your breakaway holiday guide - post Coronavirus
(updated 3rd August 2020)

With lock-down restrictions set to be relaxed over the coming weeks, many of us will be looking to get out of the house and have a breakaway holiday.

Which state you live in will dictate when you can have your breakaway holiday and where you can, with most initial trips likely to be restricted to destinations within your home state. Regardless of where you go, social distancing will still be encouraged, so make sure you pack your Scrubba wash bag to avoid needing to use public washing machines or common facilities.

To help you plan your lock-down breakaway holiday we have compiled the latest guidance on travel restrictions and a list of our top ten destinations for each state.

Latest Updates On State Restrictions & Where To Go

From June 1, ACT residents have been allowed to travel within the state for recreation and holidays. Previously only essential travel was recommended.

However, Canberrans have been urged not to travel to any COVID-19 hot spots in New South Wales or Victoria, after a rise in community transmissions in these states.

To find out more visit the dedicated ACT COVID-19 advice website.

The ACT border has always remained open.

However, anyone travelling from Victoria to the ACT will be denied entry at the NSW border from July 8, unless they are granted an exemption.

After NSW travel restrictions were removed on June 1, residents have yet again been asked to avoid travelling unnecessarily.

Effect from midnight Tuesday, July 21, tightened restrictions have also applied to the NSW/Victoria border zone.

Lord Howe Island will stay closed to visitors until August 3.

The borders of New South Wales have remained open throughout the pandemic, until July 7 when the NSW border was closed to Victoria. Travel across the border is only allowed for work, education, or healthcare purposes.
From June 5 residents have been able to move freely throughout the whole territory, with no restrictions on how far residents can travel from home. Physical distancing and hygiene protocols will still apply.

Also on June 5, all limits were removed on all business, including tourism operations.

On June 15, the enforced mandatory monitored quarantine changed to mandatory self quarantine. Interstate arrivals are now able to choose their own self-quarantine arrangements. This may be in their own home, in private accommodation, or at a commercial accommodation provider at their own expense.

On July 17, the Northern Territory opened its borders and welcomed interstate visitors, with the exclusion of residents from Victoria.

Queensland has closed its border to all residents from Sydney. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the new restrictions today (July 29) after two teenagers – who returned to Queensland on July 21 from Melbourne, via Sydney – became the first Covid-19 cases in the state since May.

Previously, on July 10, the Queensland border reopened to travellers from every state except Victoria for the first time since March. Further exemptions were then imposed for some regions of Sydney declared ‘hot spots’ due to a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Now, as stated above, no resident from any area of Sydney can enter Queensland.

Anyone crossing the border into Queensland also requires a Queensland Entry Pass.

From June 5, Tasmanians have been allowed to travel freely around the state. All Tasmanian residents can also travel to King and Flinders Islands with no need to quarantine, unless they have travelled via mainland Australia.

The Tasmanian border will reopen to South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia on August 7.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein says the “safe travel bubble” applies to these three states and territories as they are as “equally safe” as Tasmania.

However, anyone from within this ‘travel bubble’ entering Tasmania will undergo a mandatory health check. If they exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, they will need to take a mandatory test. If they refuse the test, they will be ordered into hotel quarantine for 14 days or sent home.

Travellers will be also required to fill out the Good to Go application.


Victoria has declared a state of disaster with level 4 restrictions in place.

Residents in parts of Victoria, including metropolitan Melbourne, are now subjected to a six-week lockdown from 2-8-2020

The borders of Victoria have always remained open to incoming travellers from interstate. However, Victorians cannot travel to any other Australian state without being granted an exemption, as a result of the state’s second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Western Australian residents have been allowed to travel freely throughout the state since May 29, with the exception of the Kimberley, and biosecurity zones in the east Pilbara and Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. But, as of midday on June 5, these tourist hot spots are also now open to travellers. However, some remote indigenous communities remain off-limits.

Western Australia’s border remains closed to nonresidents.
Interstate residents cannot enter Western Australia without an exemption.
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South Australian residents are free to travel around the state.

South Australia has reopened its borders to Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.
Entrants from other Australian states (except Victoria) can only enter South Australia if they then self-isolate for 14 days.
As of midnight July 8, anyone entering from Victoria was banned from South Australia, with theonly exception being South Australian residents travelling from Victoria, who are allowed to quarantine in South Australia for 14 days.

But, as of Tuesday July 28, even South Australian residents coming from Victoria will be denied entry.

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