Not quite ‘Big Lap as usual’ … but it’s edging closer!

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Things are slowly, slowly opening up again!

There have been more encouraging signs for grey nomads dreaming of seeing a speedy return to ‘Big Lap as usual’.

With the number of coronavirus cases in New South Wales staying low, South Australia is to open its borders to residents of Australia’s most populous state from midnight tomorrow. They will not have to go into 14 days of self-isolation.

Similarly, Queensland is to allow more residents of northern New South Wales into the Sunshine State. The local government areas of Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Glen Innes will be added to the border zone from 1am on October 1. Residents will have to apply for a border pass to travel into Queensland. Queensland residents will also be able to travel to those areas from October 1.

With no mystery community transmission cases in New South Wales since September 8, pressure is building for Queensland to fully open its border with its neighbour to the south.

And the fact that Victoria has made such strong progress in fighting the virus is raising hopes that those living in the regions could soon be able to travel to and from NSW freely … although Melburnians are likely to be left behind for now.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters that health authorities were monitoring the situation closely in Victoria, but she didn’t want to have to keep the border closed for a day longer than necessary.

“We can consider leaving Melbournites for now but open it up to everybody else,” she said. “We don’t want those border checkpoints for a day longer than we need to.”

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5 Responses to Not quite ‘Big Lap as usual’ … but it’s edging closer!

  1. When can I go from Maryborough Qld, back home to Perth with my caravan or just driving. I’ve been up in the outback for 6 weeks. .

  2. I want to drive home to Mandurah WA asap. Can I get into WA buy car ?

  3. . I’ve been up in the outback for 6 weeks. .

  4. I’m thinking it probably won’t be until the new year before we can freely travel around the whole country. I’ve just resigned myself to the fact that 2020 is a complete write off! I had planned to complete my lap with WA & NT this year but by the time I’m allowed out of VIC, it will be summer and not a good time to head north, so I’m just going to redo what I had planned for this year next year now I think. Assuming it’s all back to normal by then. Fingers crossed!

    • Same situation for us West aussies Lisa. I headed off on a trip Perth to border with NT hoping border situation would have resolved to let me back into WA if we went on to NT and perhaps QLD as well. Sadly theres’s been no WA border change so 8300 kms later we headed back home Sept 18th and now wait to head off to our beautiful South instead till we are free to leave and return unrestricted. All on hold now till 2021. May have to sell the motorhome is it has to stay parked.

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