Travel SOS: Where can you go for a driving holiday?

Sam wants to go on a driving holiday from Sydney to Perth. Is she allowed?

Travel SOS: Where can you go for a driving holiday?

Sam wants to go on a driving holiday from Sydney to Perth. Is she allowed?

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Q. Sam
My husband and I live in Sydney and are aware that we cannot drive to Queensland given the current border restrictions, but we were wondering if it might be possible to drive through South Australia to Western Australia for a holiday in Perth? Is this allowed?

A. The border restrictions are an ever-changing beast, but at the moment you are not allowed to make that trip.

South Australia recently announced an easing if its border restrictions, but this is only for travellers coming from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania or Western Australia.

People arriving from other states are required to quarantine for 14 days and border checks are still operating between NSW and South Australia.

The South Australian government is planning to ease the quarantine requirements from other states and territories on 20 July.

The biggest stumbling block to your travel plan, however, is Western Australia.

WA is still persisting with a hard border closure and has not announced a timetable for when it will reopen the border to travellers from any states.

Travellers are not allowed to enter Western Australia unless an exemption has been granted, and exemptions are only granted for essential reasons or to attend a relative’s funeral or visit a relative who is critically ill.

If you are looking for a driving holiday from NSW, the only real option is Victoria but, given the current spike in COVID-19 infections, the NSW government is reviewing its open border policy with the southern state and this may change soon.

Were you planning a driving holiday that has been ruined by COVID-19? Where were you going?

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    leek
    27th Jun 2020
    8:40am
    Wa had better be open by Mid September. I have the Indian pacific Train booked for Perth to Sydney late September
    RosePerth
    27th Jun 2020
    11:25am
    I think you'll find you can leave but you would have to do quarantine if you come back before the border is open.
    trickyv
    27th Jun 2020
    10:10am
    We have just come home from a months trip up the coast in NSW, I wonder if anyone is left in Victoria or Queensland as every second car or caravan had those plates on their vehicles. Have friends staying at Kingscliff and they said you can't move up there for Victorians waiting to cross the border to get warm.
    Pollyanna
    27th Jun 2020
    11:01am
    Are the borders open from S.A. to Victoria, I hope and pray they are not or we will have another wave of the virus in S.A. All borders into Victoria should remain closed until they have days of not positive readings.
    Pollyanna
    27th Jun 2020
    11:01am
    Are the borders open from S.A. to Victoria, I hope and pray they are not or we will have another wave of the virus in S.A. All borders into Victoria should remain closed until they have days of not positive readings.
    Frankly
    27th Jun 2020
    12:22pm
    Living in beautiful North Queensland we're very happy to stay put and explore our own backyard. Come summer with the heat and humidity things might look different
    Alan
    27th Jun 2020
    12:34pm
    Nothing planned. Was in India when borders started closing and was able to leave before being locked down. No great interest in internal Australian travel (covered most of the country and it is prohibitively expensive compared to my normal overseas areas of interest).
    I am saving my money and will travel to Asia when I am allowed to do so.
    blue trumpy
    27th Jun 2020
    2:03pm
    The Bay To Birdwood classic car event is on in Adelaide on the 27th of September. 1750 cars built between 1950 and 1989 have entered - many entrants from interstate. Will have to wait and see if they all can attend.
    older&wiser
    27th Jun 2020
    4:50pm
    I've booked a motorhome to travel from early October for 6 weeks - had to cancel an earlier booked trip, so this is second go. I don't get the current Qld/NSW travel rules. Example, fellow travel friends have twice gone from QLD to NSW for a few days, no trouble in coming back home. Yet NSW travellers can't come to QLD. Doesn't make sense.
    Thoughtful
    27th Jun 2020
    9:17pm
    No - neither do the Victorian and NSW number plates in caravan parks in Queensland. The thing is people are crossing the border. Whether they are legally doing this or not is the question.
    professori_au
    28th Jun 2020
    12:28am
    I suspect WA is quite happy to keep its borders closed. It has attempted unsuccessfully I believe three times to secede from the Commonwealth of Australian. Its attempt was to contact the UK to seek to secede and I believe the answer was along the grounds that you need to apply to the Commonwealth of Australia for approval and this would require a referendum. The referendum required two things from the referendum. One that it must have a majority of the states to agree and secondly that a majority of the voting population within each state and territory must agree. The voters of the Commonwealth of Australia voted to remain within the Monarchial system, yet the vested interests of the political parties and business interests are still pushing the republican barrow and gradually changing laws that ensure basically we operate under the republican model that benefits the rich and powerful and provide little service to the poor. Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. Also, ask who is running the republican agenda. Remember Turnbull was one of the original proponents. Do you believe they will want a republican constitution that provides services to the poor and vulnerable? I doubt it.
    professori_au
    28th Jun 2020
    12:28am
    I suspect WA is quite happy to keep its borders closed. It has attempted unsuccessfully I believe three times to secede from the Commonwealth of Australian. Its attempt was to contact the UK to seek to secede and I believe the answer was along the grounds that you need to apply to the Commonwealth of Australia for approval and this would require a referendum. The referendum required two things from the referendum. One that it must have a majority of the states to agree and secondly that a majority of the voting population within each state and territory must agree. The voters of the Commonwealth of Australia voted to remain within the Monarchial system, yet the vested interests of the political parties and business interests are still pushing the republican barrow and gradually changing laws that ensure basically we operate under the republican model that benefits the rich and powerful and provide little service to the poor. Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. Also, ask who is running the republican agenda. Remember Turnbull was one of the original proponents. Do you believe they will want a republican constitution that provides services to the poor and vulnerable? I doubt it.
    Blossom
    28th Jun 2020
    1:14am
    I don't think SA should open its borders to Vic. any time soon. In the last couple of weeks there has constantly been new cases. There was another large increase announced yesterday (Sat. 27/6).
    Pollyanna
    28th Jun 2020
    10:08am
    Thank you all for your replies esp. Blossom. I agree we should not open our borders to Victoria. They do not want to follow the rules and other states like S.A. will suffer for it
    Pollyanna
    28th Jun 2020
    10:08am
    Thank you all for your replies esp. Blossom. I agree we should not open our borders to Victoria. They do not want to follow the rules and other states like S.A. will suffer for it
    fish head
    28th Jun 2020
    5:22pm
    Trickiv, we are all still here in QLD. What you are seeing with the number lates are people who buy their car/ second car out of NSW to dodge the license fee/ inspection fee etc. Some states do not have the yearly inspection fee slug beloved of the NSW government. It's a legal tax dodge for at least a year.


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