The state of play across the nation…
Last Friday, Friday May 15, marked the beginning of stage one of the government’s easing of travel restrictions, with notable allowances granted to travellers around the country.
While interstate travel is not on the cards quite yet, the loosening of restrictions now ensures that 4WDing, in one form or another, is now a viable proposition for residents of most states.
NEW SOUTH WALES
In NSW there is no limit in place on the distance that residents may travel from home for the purpose of visiting friends, having a ‘picnic’ or ‘barbeque’ or for other allowed purposes including exercise or fishing.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people have now been given the all clear, although sadly camping is still not allowed. So it’s daytrips only for the time being.
Visiting beaches, national parks and state forest has been given the go-ahead, although, crucially, parks and forests will continue to open up on an individual basis and responsibility lies on the individual to check the status of any place they plan to visit.
MORE INFO is available at nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
The first stage of easing restrictions allows Queenslanders to travel up to 150km from home for daytrips.
Gatherings of up to 10 people are now on the cards, although camping remains off limits for the time being.
4WDers are now able to embark on daytrips to Moreton, Fraser and Stradbroke islands, with camping hopefully on the cards in the near future.
Interestingly, outback Queenslanders have been granted the right to travel up to 500km from home and can stay with family and friends or at other accommodation.
MORE INFO qld.gov.au
Since May 12 Victorians have been allowed to drive recreationally.
In line with other states, outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are now all above board, although state-sanctioned camping trips still appear to be a ways off.
Outdoor recreation has been added to the list of approved reasons to leave the house, so assuming your local track or state forest is open, airing down the tyres for an offroad drive is now allowed within the updated guidelines.
MORE INFO vic.gov.au
There are no restrictions on intrastate travel within South Australia and regional travel is now wide open to state residents.
Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are now allowed and campgrounds and caravan parks are now open too.
12 border crossings are still in place and have been locked down to all non-residents wanting to cross into the state.
MORE INFO covid-19.sa.gov.au
Initially one of the most relaxed states, West Oz is now the only state with intrastate travel restrictions in place, with the state divided into several regions.
Picnics, barbeques or other outdoor gatherings of up to 20 people are now allowed.
Camping within national parks and at private campgrounds and caravan parks is now allowed for residents within their region.
MORE INFO wa.gov.au
The Northern Territory has entered stage two of the rollback of restrictions and Territorians can now go to the pub as well as travel widely intrastate.
4WDing and camping are allowed in the NT’s national parks and reserves, although residents are advised to plan ahead and check which parks are open and confirm which activities are allowed prior to visiting.
MORE INFO coronavirus.nt.gov.au
Tassie’s restrictions have loosened to allow for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and national parks and reserves are open for residents to visit and exercise within 30km of home.
Camping is sadly not on the agenda as of yet, although is slated to be allowed with stage two of the restriction rollback.
MORE INFO premier.tas.gov.au