Travelling in Australia 2020

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

Your breakaway holiday guide - post Coronavirus
(updated 25th October 2020)

With lock-down restrictions set to be relaxed relaxing 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

Anyone travelling from Victoria to the ACT will be denied entry at the NSW border.

Residents from New South Wales COVID-19-affected areas are strongly discouraged to enter.

ACT residents can 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 state

New South Wales is open to all states, except Victoria.

The borders of New South Wales have remained open throughout the pandemic, until July 7 when the NSW border was closed to Victoria.

Lord Howe Island reopened to visitors on October 2 after being closed to tourists since March 21.

No travel restrictions currently apply throughout New South Wales.

The Greater Sydney area has been removed from the Northern Territory’s coronavirus hotspot list which means that from midnight Friday October 9 Sydney residents have been able to enter the NT without two weeks of quarantine at their own expense.

On October 5, the Northern Territory government also announced it will revoke its coronavirus hotspot declaration for most of regional Victoria on November 2.

The Northern Territory remains closed to travellers from Metropolitan Melbourne.

Residents can move freely throughout the whole territory, with no restrictions.

A road map for Queensland’s further easing of COVID-19 restrictions has been announced which details the NSW border is likely to open on November 1.

Stage 5 of the road map would commence at 1am on November 1, which would see the borders open to New South Wales, with visitors and returned travellers not having to complete mandatory quarantine.

Queensland’s border reopened to residents of the ACT on September 25.

ACT travellers will be only be able to enter Queensland by plane, as driving through NSW (the entire state declared a hot spot by Queensland) is not an option.

Queensland remains closed to Victoria.
Anyone crossing the border into Queensland also requires a Queensland Entry Pass.

Tasmania will reopen its borders to travellers from New South Wales on November 2, if the state’s COVID-19-status remains “positive”, Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced on Sunday (October 18).

As previously announced, from October 26, residents of South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT will be able to enter Tasmania without quarantining.


Tasmanians can travel freely throughout the state, including to King and Flinders Islands with no need to quarantine, unless they have travelled via mainland Australia.

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.

Second Step restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne.

Third Step restrictions apply throughout regional Victoria.

Western Australia’s border remains closed to all other states.

Travellers from any other state or territory need to be granted an exemption to enter Western Australia.

Western Australian residents can travel freely throughout the state. However, some remote indigenous communities remain off-limits.

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Travellers from NT, QLD, TAS and WA have been able to enter South Australia directly without restriction for months.

Travellers from the ACT have been able to enter SA since September 15, but only by plane, as if driving they would need to enter via NSW where the two week self isolation rule would applies.

Travellers from Victoria, other than approved categories of Essential Travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia.

South Australian residents are free to travel around the state.
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