Here’s where you can travel if you hit the road today

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Beijing might be on high alert, given the number of new COVID infections, but life in Australia is increasingly moving back to something that is closer to normal. Well, in some states and territories.

South Australia has opened its borders to Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, meaning interstate travellers can arrive without undergoing a 14-day quarantine. It is considering adding Queensland to the list, but Victoria and New South Wales are still on the banned list and it looks likely they will to have to wait until 20 July.

Queensland is working towards reopening its borders by July, however premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned that won’t happen if there are community transmission cases interstate.

The state’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, has pointed to a 10 July opening for domestic travel, however that date is based on the number of coronavirus cases remaining low, with no community transmission in other states.

In Tasmania,  premier Peter Gutwein says the existing border closures will be reviewed again in early July.

Victoria, NSW and the ACT never closed their borders.

Western Australia is off limits to all, with premier Mark McGowan yet to provide a date to reopen. Residents can travel around the state, but there are strict bans in place for certain remote indigenous communities and regions – including parts of the Kimberley.

Travellers to the Northern Territory need to complete 14 days of mandatory self-quarantine. Earlier this week, Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner said the Top End might reopen its borders in mid-July.

Both Victoria and New South Wales leaders were fuming about the SA snub, with Victorian premier Daniel Andrews asking why anyone would want to go to South Australia in the first place.

“I don’t want to be offensive to South Australians, but why would you want to go there?” said Mr Andrews, arguing that there was more to see in Victoria anyway.

“Stay at home. Don’t get too stressed they won’t let you into Adelaide; why would you want to stay there?”

South Australian Labor leader Peter Malinauskas was quick to offer the following reasons: “Better food, better wine, better beer, better coffee, better beaches, better sporting stadium, better festivals, better traffic, better lifestyle, better people.”

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “None of this makes sense to me.”

NSW residents can at least travel to Queensland, another state that doesn’t want Victorians.

The federal government has intervened in the border feuds, with attorney-general Christian Porter saying the Commonwealth will argue they are unconstitutional.

But where do we want to go?

According to University of Queensland research, more than 50 per cent of Australians want to travel domestically when restrictions lift. And it’s coastal, country and regional areas they want to get to – to support local tourism.

“One of the lasting impacts of the crisis is it kind of gave us an opportunity, or maybe forced us, to reflect on our lives,” said Daniel Gschwind, chief executive officer of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

“And, as a result, I think we will, and we are, seeing people focusing on the real thing … connecting with nature [and] going back to basics in some sense.”

Tourism and Transport Forum research found that while almost two in five people were planning to travel within their own state in the next two months, that figure is expected to rise to almost two-thirds within the next six months.

Are you itching to hit the road? Where do you want to go?

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    Of course borders should stay closed except for NSW and Victoria and the ACT. It is risky enough for the ACT actually and even NSW with the cases in Victoria. I live in Victoria and imagine what I would feel if I were in the other States who have no cases. They should stay safe until Victoria is in a similar position to them.

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    I live near the Queensland border and I can’t travel into Queensland without a permit.

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      Agree – it is so silly. I live in Qld, 65kms from the border. I am minding my next door neighbor’s dog whilst they have driven to Ballina for 4 days, and return. No problems.

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    Disagree with Daniel Andrews. His comment were petty and beneath him about SA.
    Having stayed in every state in Australia and with the situation as it is, I’d rather drive to SA, NT or WA where I’d feel a lot safer, than in Vic, also to get far away from NSW, who in my opinion, by their actions, especially Ruby Princess, dont care.

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    I am not itching to ‘hit the road’ but when I feel the time is right (ie reasonably safe) we will use our flight vouchers and visit WA and NT. as we had planned for March and May this year but cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions,

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      Eddy

      When you get to Perth, try to go down to Walpole & climb the Karri Tree, it’s the tallest still operational Fire Lookout in the world. I climbed it when I was 10yrs, 20yrs & 43yrs. Also Yallingup Cave & Jane Brook Winery. I still have 2 out of 12 bottles of their White Port. You can’t buy Port anymore.

      In Darwin, be sure to go on a dinner cruise, watching the boat go through locks out to the ocean is very interesting & if you like seafood, then I found the best & cheapest restaurants are in Palmerston, where you can get a Grilled Seafood platter, as most want to do it deep fried. I suggest ring around, it’s been a while since I’ve been there.

      Enjoy your holiday when you go.

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    I would really love to visit South Australia but in the warmer weather. Victoria is very cold at the moment so when I can travel and afford it I will probably head for Mildura or somewhere warmer. But Adelaide and environs is on my bucket list. So there Mr. Premier!

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      Marymacn

      When you do get to SA, you’ll absolutely love it.
      I’ve driven the Nullabor 13 times return & always sight see there. In 2017 stayed 3 weeks at different locations, even stayed at some YHA places, great experience meeting different people from all over the world.

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    I certainly don’t think families will flock to Queensland as the Tourism Industry seems to be hoping for, lots of families have lost their jobs and the future is not looking too secure at the moment so I think they will be saving what money they have. I for one would not want to travel interstate while there is a chance of another Corona Virus wave, who wants to get sick so far from home and anyway I agree with Daniel Andrews in a way as I think we should all be supporting tourism in our own states first.

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      Misty

      copying from above

      Victorian premier Daniel Andrews asking why anyone would want to go to South Australia in the first place.
      “I don’t want to be offensive to South Australians, but why would you want to go there?” said Mr Andrews, arguing that there was more to see in Victoria anyway.
      “Stay at home. Don’t get too stressed they won’t let you into Adelaide; why would you want to stay there?” “Stay at home. Don’t get too stressed they won’t let you into Adelaide; why would you want to stay there?”

      That’s not saying stay in Victoria to support tourism and explore his own state.

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      South Australian Labor leader Peter Malinauskas was quick to offer the following reasons: “Better food, better wine, better beer, better coffee, better beaches, better sporting stadium, better festivals, better traffic, better lifestyle, better people.”

      WA wine is better than SA & WA, the seafood I’ve had in SA was much better than Vic, you can freeze in Vic when the weather turns as I found out & had to buy winter clothes when I was there in Summer. Adelaide has better climate, beautiful architecture, is called ‘The City of Churches’, some of their transport is free, bicycles in CBD free to use, beaches aren’t crowded, it’s a greener city.

      I’m not planning on traveling for some time, but when I do Vic is NOT on my list.

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      Well Panda I have been to SA, loved it been to Qlnd, loved it been to Vic so many times, my favourite state to visit, been to Tassie and loved it but for the next year or so I plan on staying in my own state to support our state’s economy, come visit our lovely Snowy Mountains, beautiful all year around, close to our beautiful beaches, close to lovely Canberra, we too have some lovely wineries, fantastic zoos and Sydney has so much to offer and if you want warmth try our beautiful North Coast. I guess whatever state you live in will probably dictate where you will spend your next holiday, I for one won’t be travelling any where until a vaccine or better treatment for this virus is found. I live in a tourist town and after the long weekend I found people in the supermarkets did not use the hand sanitizers and trolley wipes and after we have had so many tourists through our town over that long weekend from goodness knows where, I think this behaviour is not on, our town has been clear of the virus so far and that is the way we want to keep it.

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      Misty

      LOL, we are in the same state!

      I have family & relatives in Vic, SA, Tas & WA, so know those states extremely well.

      Canberra, City of roundabouts, where lots of corrupt people make decisions in a huge building in front of Lake Burley Griffin.

      Idiots packed on Sydney beaches & backpackers, causing their closure, same in shopping centres walking PAST sanitizer & wipes & security guards not policing. Staff in in Coles & Woolies standing side by side having a personal chit chat, NOT a good example for customers. Premier allowing Ruby Princess passengers to disembark & others to board, resulting in many deaths, people under quarantine after returning from overseas breaching.

      People are not taking it seriously, I am!

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      I agree with you Misty too many people just haven’t got the money to travel now,opening borders yes and no…..but all this hoo-ha about the Qld border yes it will bring in some revenue but not to the extent that is being spoken about,as overseas travel is still not available……As for S.A.yeah it has some sights to see,gone there twice it’s okay but wouldn’t be going out my way to return for a holiday.

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      I agree with you Misty too many people just haven’t got the money to travel now,opening borders yes and no…..but all this hoo-ha about the Qld border yes it will bring in some revenue but not to the extent that is being spoken about,as overseas travel is still not available……As for S.A.yeah it has some sights to see,gone there twice it’s okay but wouldn’t be going out my way to return for a holiday.

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    I’m staying home. Nothing has changed to increase hospital capacity.

    It looks like the second wave has begun.

    We were just too impatient.

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    The “second wave” is a real concern…….as we can see from what is happening in China now. I supported our Premier when he closed our borders, as it was others that brought the cases we had into our state, and infected many in our wonderful wine area. I support him still while he is reluctant to open up to states who Still have new cases. The economy of all states, and our Nation, have been hit hard………BUT if we are hit with a second wave, as has happened in China……we will have to shut everything down again………it will hit a lot harder. The state situation is no different to the National interest………they must not open our National border while this virus runs riot overseas……..they can not allow visitors, students, etc to come into Aus, bringing infection with them. We are seeing infections in “returning Aussies” on a regular basis. I am sorry to say that these Aussies upset me greatly. All Aussies overseas, were told Months Ago, by our Government to “Come home Now”. They have not done so, until THEY were good and ready, and they are continuing to bring the infection home when they do meander in as and when it suits them. I won’t mention the protests that have happened of late……any comment on that..would not be printable…or publishable. Stay well everyone.

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      Tarabelle

      WA, NT & SA closed borders. WA, 1st to close & still wants to stay closed.

      Morrison is pushing for borders to open.

      Like you, I believe they should ALL stay closed.

      NSW is the worst for what they did re Ruby Princess. Things happening now in NSW are not reassuring.

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      Things do not seem to be improving, the WHO say the virus is spreading rapidly again, especially in the Americas and Asia and Vic has 13 more cases today and that state has had some of the strictest precautions imposed on its residents, not a good time to be travelling at all right now, STAY HOME, STAY SAFE.

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    2 years ago, I put down a deposit to hire a motorhome and see some of Australia for 10 weeks, travelling solo with my 4 legged navigator and security manager. I was due to head off – May 1st. That obviously got blown out of the water, and I cancelled when this pandemic first raised its ugly head.
    2 years ago, I got a great special deal, but for the same amount now, that amount of money would barely cover me for 6-7 weeks. But with the incentive of a very close niece’s wedding in Blue Mountains in October, (luckily on a family property) I made another hire and we are heading off late September.
    I will be staying most nights in the Motorhome at most caravan parks, and stay a few nights in AirBnb places for a stretch and break. BUT – I am gobsmacked that even with 3 months to go, many places I have contacted are already booked out. Including caravan parks. I have also found some pretty greedy places – I request a booking, they say not available. I look later, and yes it IS available, but more than double the price. This has happened a number of times, on different sites. It seems they wait for someone to show an interest, then bump up the prices. One place that did wack up the costs, has got back to me saying his initial booking has been cancelled, and would I still like to proceed with the booking. When I said only at the original price, he got pretty antsy.
    Usual discounts have also gone by the wayside. Anyone who thought tourist industry would be offering deals to get customers, don’t think so.

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      Sunny Oz

      That’s disgusting to hear. Have you rung Dept of Fair Trading to discuss your ‘original’ booking? If not, I would immediatley. To my knowledge, once you’ve put a deposit at a set price, they CANNOT increase it legally. Also if you have photo or screenshot evidence of the place ‘not’ available, then available, I’d mention that when you are on the phone too as it’s discriminating against you.

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      Panda – As I stated, I REQUEST a booking, and give my credit card details. BUT the deposit is not put through until the booking is confirmed. You just get an email saying ‘booking request declined – your credit card has not been charged’. I have made a complaint to the booking site, but not heard from them. Obvious – the higher the booking charge, the higher their commission.
      As I have technically only requested to make the booking, and they haven’t charged me anything, nothing I can do about it. I just hope my ‘declined’ booking, gets no-one!

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      Sunny Oz
      You can post your complaint on Trip advisor, the booking site – review on ….. name of booking site, Facebook & other travel sites to warn other people.

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    The original article says ‘ NSW residents can at least travel to QLD’; surely this is incorrect??

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