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Western Australia travel restrictions: Where you can go in April 2021

What you need to know before you pack up to go exploring in your own backyard

Quokkas on Rottnest Island near Perth, Australia

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Travel restrictions are easing across Western Australia, allowing residents the freedom to roam around the state in search of sun, surf and adventure.

The only exception is travel to remote Australian communities, which still remains off limits.

So what can you expect when you head out? Well, physical distancing measures and increased hygiene practices will be in place. This means a slightly different travel experience to what you're used to.

If you're in or travelling to Perth we recommend checking out our guide to what's open for up-to-date details on restaurants, entertainment venues, shopping centres and open spaces. For everything else, keep reading.

Accommodation in Western Australia

All accommodation, including hotels, motels, campgrounds, private and rented holiday homes and staying with friends and family, is allowed in Western Australia.

Staying with friends and family

Western Australians can stay overnight with friends or family unless you're in a restricted region.

That being said, anyone who's 70 or over or in a high-risk category may wish to reconsider travelling or having friends over.

Staying at a hotel

Hotels, hostels and private accommodation such as homeshares and holiday homes are open across WA.

When you arrive, there may be extra physical distancing measures in place such as a booking system to use the pool and gym in order to limit numbers.

Your hotel should let you know of any COVIDSafe details when you book. Alternatively, head to its website for the latest information.

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Staying in a holiday home

Western Australians are free to travel to and stay in holiday homes, unless they're in a restricted region.

Booking a holiday home through Airbnb or Stayz is also permitted, though it's advised that you seek out entire homes or apartments to avoid any shared spaces.

Airbnb has placed a worldwide limit of 16pax for rentals, excluding boutique hotels and event venues.

Staying at a hostel

Hostels are open and, similar to hotels, strict measures are in place to align with physical distancing and hygiene requirements.

Multi-share room capacities have been reduced to comply with the 2-square-metres-per-person rule. Increased cleaning measures are in place, as are hand sanitisation stations for guests and workers.

You may also discover that communal areas, such as kitchens and lounges, are either closed or have their capacity limited.

Camping and caravanning

Campsites across the state are back up and running, including their communal facilities. There are no maximum limits to the sites; however, you should still maintain physical distancing when socialising with anyone outside your party.

Group limits in Perth and Peel are currently set at 20pax.

Some campsites might require pre-booking. Visit the Parks and Wildlife Service site to find out more.


Tours in Western Australia

From wine tours and tastings to tour buses and scenic flights, tours have all started up again. Outside of restricted areas, there are no gathering limits but the 2-square-metre-per-person rule is in place.

Scenic flights, charter boats, buses, skydiving and other transport-based tours are exempt from this physical distancing rule.


Tourist attractions in Western Australia

Galleries, museums, historic sites, cinemas and amusement parks have all reopened across Western Australia, as have major tourist experiences such as cycling around Rottnest Island and whale watching in Augusta.

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National parks

Camping, hiking, day trips, multi-day trips and picnicking are all allowed in Western Australia's national parks.

The following popular parks and regions have reopened:

  • Ningaloo Coast
  • Yanchep National Park
  • Kimblerley, including King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park, Windjana Gorge and Purnululu (remote communities are closed and Mitchell River requires a visitor pass)
  • Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, including Calgardup and Giants Cave
  • Walpole-Nornalup National Park, including Tree Top Walk
  • Karijini National Park
  • Fitzgerald River National Park
  • Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Cape Range National Park
  • Nambung National Park
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Penguin Island
  • Williams Bay National Park

Beaches and local parks

All beaches and local parks in Western Australia have reopened, with physical distancing requirements in place.


Getting to and from your holiday

You can travel by land and air across Western Australia unless you live in Perth or Peel where you must stay within your region.

Because social distancing isn't required on transport in the state, there are no limitations. However, travellers are still encouraged to keep their distance from anyone outside their travel party if possible.

Driving within Western Australia

You can drive your own vehicle throughout Western Australia for travel and recreational purposes. The only exception is to remote communities and those in lockdown. You can also hire a car for your own leisure travel.

Check out our Western Australia road trips guide for some top itineraries to get those wheels turning.

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Flights within Western Australia

There are no restrictions as to who can book flights from or around Western Australia.

However, keep in mind that many airlines have pared back some of their services.

Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Regional Express Airlines, Air North and Alliance Airlines currently offer inter- and intrastate services. You can check flight routes and prices on Skyscanner.

When flying, health and safety measures such as enhanced cleaning and masks and sanitising wipes for all customers are in place.

As of 8 January 2021, face masks are mandatory on all domestic and international flights.

Bus and coach services

The wide network of buses and coaches that operate in Western Australia are still available to book, with some restrictions:

  • South West Coach Lines: Services are running to connect Perth with the south-west destinations of Busselton, Margaret River, Collie, Bunbury, Manjimup and Dunsborough, including an express weekend service. Services to Busselton Margaret River Airport are temporarily suspended.
  • Integrity Coach Lines: Coach travel on this hop-on, hop-off service are running. Anyone travelling to Bidyadanga Community must have approval to enter prior to booking.
  • Transwa: All coach services are still running. Transwa services Perth, East Perth, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Meetkatharra, Albany, Gnowangerup, Katanning, Esperance, Hopetoun, Augusta, Pemberton and Boyup Brook.
  • TransRegional: Running as normal. TransRegional buses operate in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton/Dunsborough, Carnarvon, Collie, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha/Roebourne, Kununurra, Manjimup, Narrogin and Port Hedland.
  • Greyhound: Services from Broome to Darwin, Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek are operating. If you're crossing the border in the Northern Territory you will need a G2G pass registration and declaration to return to Western Australia.

Chartered services with companies like Murrays, Thomson, Horizons West and Perth Bus and Coach Charter are available to get you between cities.

Train services

  • Transperth: Public rail transport in Perth is running as normal.
  • Transwa: AvonLink, MerrendinLink, Australind and Prospector services are running as normal.
  • Indian Pacific: Journeys recommence on 4 March 2021.

Which states and territories can I travel to?

Western Australians can travel across all of Australia.

Borders into Western Australia have reopened to all states and territories except those deemed medium or high-risk.

When you return home you must undergo a temperature check to screen for COVID-19 at Perth Airport and all must have filled in a G2G Pass.

State Border status What should I know? More info
ACT Open No requirements needed to enter the ACT. More info
NSW Open There are no permits required to enter NSW. More info
Northern Territory Open No need for quarantine though you must complete a Border Entry Form to travel into the Northern Territory. More info
South Australia Open All travellers must complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. More info
Tasmania Open No need for quarantine though you must register through the Tas e-Travel system to enter. More info
Victoria Open All visitors must complete a permit to enter Victoria. More info
Queensland Open Borders are open. You don't need a Border Declaration Pass to enter. More info

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