Trip planning in the age of Covid 19

Submitted: Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 17:15
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I am mapping out a route home to the ACT from Brisbane with two overnight stops. I need to avoid various NSW lgas that have been declared hotspots. Who would have thought that a map layer with lga boundaries would become an important trip planning tool? Armidale and Dubbo are on the no go list but not Uralla or Parkes so it's doable without going back to the far west.
The ACT are strict with regards to transiting, no exiting the vehicle. A visit to a roadside tree in the wrong place earns you 14 days in home quarantine. Fortunately at the moment we have to notify ACT Health and follow the Brisbane lockdown rules which is somewhat better.
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 17:43

Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 17:43
Goondiwindi first night, still in Qld, then Parkes second night, ACT next day. Goondiwindi to Parkes is a 640 k's fairly easy drive, don't tell anyone, but go via Mendooran, quicker and less traffic. Good luck.
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Reply By: OzzieCruiser - Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 19:44

Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 19:44
If coming from Brisbane you will have to self isolate for up to 14 days when arriving in the ACT.

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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 21:01

Friday, Aug 06, 2021 at 21:01
Yes it's stay at home except for the 4 reasons, slightly less restrictive than quarantine. If as expected the lockdown is rescinded on Sunday, it will be whatever the ongoing SEQ orders are for 14 days AFAIK.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 18:39

Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 18:39
I could be wrong but not sure how that makes any sense leaving Bris and potentially carrying something and spreading it on the way then go into isolation when you get home.

I wonder why the human race isn't going to get this virus under control and think getting a needle will solve everything. Not having a go at individuals but if that's what the authorities still want people to do then they haven't learnt anything from the previous mistakes.
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Reply By: Member - A J - Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 09:39

Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 09:39
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I agree with coming to Goondiwindi then down to Narrabri across to Wee Waa and stay at Pilliga Bore for the night - they have a hot bore there with bush camping (showers toilets)
Then onto Coonamble Gilgandra and when you get to Eumungerie turn right and go to Narromine and back onto highway at Tomingley (usually good fuel prices).

A mate of mine always travelled that way and found whilst it was slightly further the fuel and time were about the same.


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Follow Up By: Member - John - Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 16:25

Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 16:25
AJ, except for the free camp at Pilliga Bore, which if no time limits etc, would appeal to many, that route is an extra 88 k's and an hours travelling, going via Mendooran, free camp across from the pub I believe, is a lot less traffic, very few trucks and and easy drive.
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 12:06

Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 12:06
Thanks for the suggestions. We'll probably stay in Uralla and Peak Hill. I was more commenting on the need to know what lga you are in before even exiting the vehicle. Strange times.
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Follow Up By: OzzieCruiser - Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 13:30

Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 13:30
I would be wary of Uralla as that is likely to be in the Armidale LGA which is in lockdown and will further compound entering back into the ACT - I assume the published rules have not as yet been updated.

I think I would be heading down further west.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 18:54

Saturday, Aug 07, 2021 at 18:54
OzzieCruiser, Uralla is in its own lga, but who knows if you are retrospectively going to be in an exposure area, so now thinking of the Newell. Brisbane is currently on track to lift the lockdown tomorrow.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Sunday, Aug 08, 2021 at 09:54

Sunday, Aug 08, 2021 at 09:54
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If stopped by the forces they will ask where you have been and if they find you have been circumnavigating LGAS and then forced to have a test, "which will be POSITIVE before they admit it is Negative", then they may claim you as a SuperSpreader, all helps with the hype. You see, it helps keep the numbers up where the CHO's want it. Still have to isolate in ACT though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Sunday, Aug 08, 2021 at 18:25

Sunday, Aug 08, 2021 at 18:25
RMD, it's perfectly fine to transit via hotspots as long as you remain in the vehicle, you can also transit through NSW from a hotspot if you don't live in NSW, as long as you haven't been a primary or secondary contact. For SEQ, the ACT only requires that you notify ACT health and follow the Qld lockdown rules.
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