Readers, rejoice! Australian state governments are rolling-out their re-opening roadmaps, and many of us are ready to reunite with loved ones and recharge with a much-needed change of scenery.
Naturally, with eight different state and territory entry requirements across the country, working out where you can visit and vacay for Christmas and New Year might seem like a minefield. So, to help with your holiday planning, we’ve compiled a rundown of the current restrictions and requirements in each state,* with (of course) some must-visit recommendations.
*As we know, travel and quarantine requirements are subject to change, so always consult the relevant state government website before booking and travelling.
New South Wales:
Great news – most interstate travellers can freely enter New South Wales, although those coming from Victoria, Queensland and the ACT will need to check they haven’t visited an area of “high concern” in the previous two weeks. Be sure to complete an entry declaration form before arriving.
Then, if you’re looking for a unique, sustainable and sumptuous stay on the sea in Sydney – Lilypad Palm Beach – have got you sorted. (They book up fast though, so run, don’t walk!)
Considering a visit to Victoria? Before you book, all travellers must apply for a Victorian Travel Permit. Like NSW, the state is now open to most visitors, but you’ll need to double-check you haven’t been in an “orange” or “red zone” before arriving (if so, home quarantine and/or testing may apply).
Finally arrived? Before you explore, be sure to pick up a coffee (aka your must-have Melbourne accessory) from Maker. Located in the best and bustling ’burbs of Melbourne (Richmond, South Yarra and the newly opened CBD location), their brilliant baristas are trained to guide you through their latest socially responsible, seasonal coffee blends that they’ve roasted and brewed to ‘Melbourne-standards’ perfection.
Both visitors and residents must apply for and receive a Queensland entry pass prior to entering the state.
Victoria and New South Wales are currently classed as hotspots, but your sojourn to the Sunshine State may not be too far off. Queensland is expected to reach its 80 per cent vaccination target on Friday December 17, meaning you’ll be able to enter the state (quarantine free!) from a hotspot as long as you’re fully vaccinated and test negative to COVID-19 within the 72 hours prior.
Whether you’re visiting from the eastern states or from WA, NT, SA or Tasmania, make a pitstop at the incredibly sleek and one-of-a-kind boutique, Bedouin Traders.
Owner Brad and the Bedouin Traders team have sourced the most uniquely curated collection of artefacts, eclectic objects and thoughtful and feminine fashion pieces for you and your home. Can’t visit, yet? Bring Bedouin Traders to you with free shipping over $200.
If you’re travelling from WA, Queensland, NT or Tassie – congratulations, you can sashay into SA sans quarantine. From November 23, the state will ease border restrictions for those visiting from Victoria, NSW and the ACT too (no quarantine required!)
A stay in SA is not complete until the beautiful Barossa Valley has been visited. Pop into Atze’s Corner where Andy and the Atze’s team can guide you through their iconic wines, complemented by a picturesque 100-year old vineyard and locally produced platters.
Those stuck at home can still discover Atze’s Corner by buying online and having it delivered to their door. Our recommendation? You can’t go past the broodingly bold Eddies Old Vine 2018 Shiraz.
All travellers must complete a mandatory G2G pass registration and declaration, and those who are approved from QLD, NT, SA and Tassie can explore WA footloose and fancy-free without needing to quarantine.
Other states are currently deemed as “medium risk” or “extreme risk” and are subject to strict quarantine and testing requirements.
For an exquisite experience that you only find wandering out west, visit Turquoise Bay in Exmouth.
Travellers from the NT, SA and WA (“low-risk” areas) will need to register their details from the Tas e-Travel system before arriving and are not required to quarantine.
ACT, NSW and VIC are currently classed as “high-risk” areas and must provide information through the G2G PASS system to be assessed.
We recommend wandering through the winding lanes of Hobart’s historic Battery Point and visiting the boutique brewery, Battery Point Distillery. Check out their First Release whisky – a carefully crafted combination of port, sherry and bourbon. Complex, without being complicated.
At this stage, only travellers from WA, SA, QLD and Tassie are able to enter the Northern Territory, as the remaining states are declared hotspots.
If you’ve already experienced the awe-inspiring Uluru, we suggest soaking in the sacred local Aboriginal Anangu history and the mesmerising views by hiking on one of the many walking trails surrounding the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).