As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in some areas, people may be able to explore travel throughout Australia. However, the decisions that you make over the next few months could expose you unnecessarily to the virus.
The Brisbane City Council has explained the increase of Ross River Fever cases has been due to heavy than expected rainfall in February.
On the 11 March, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the current outbreak of a Coronavirus COVID-19, to be a Pandemic. Smart Traveller recommends you reconsider your need for overseas travel at this time.   For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit:
Large scale events draw immense crowds of people to a specific location for a short period of time.  Events of this scale may include the Rugby World Cup competition, the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, Expos, music festivals, large conventions, and on mass religious celebrations such as the Hajj. 
Planning a trip soon? In 2019 over 4000 Australian tourists ended up in the hospital and over 155 were evacuated back to Australia by Air Ambulance for a variety of ailments, illnesses and accidents*.
Following the reports just over 12 months ago of Papua New Guinea’s first polio case since 1996, Health officials are now confident that they have the polio outbreak under control, after an immense countrywide vaccination campaign.
As of the 1st of April, the start of a 4-year federal government funded campaign commenced to immunise children against A, C, W & Y strains of invasive meningococcal bacteria.
Australian lifesavers had their work cut out for them over the last five weeks, helping with the more than 22,000 people that reported bluebottle jellyfish stings in the south-east regions of Queensland, with the last weekend alone reporting more than 5,000 incidents.
Poliovirus was confirmed in a 6-year-old boy from the Morobe Province, PNG, at the end of April this year. This is the first confirmed case of Polio to have arisen in PNG in 22 years, with the last known case for the country reported in 1996.
Following the death of a New Zealand girl, Tonga has declared a Dengue outbreak. The 12 year old had been visiting family for Christmas when she caught the disease.
Whooping Cough cases are on the rise and Public Health South is monitoring the 24 probable and confirmed cases this year. Since November the number of cases continues to rise leading the Ministry of Health to declare a national outbreak.
Auckland’s mumps outbreak has been fuelled by low vaccination rates as not enough young Aucklanders are immunised in the fight against this persistent outbreak, according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS). Over 1,000 cases have been reported with number doubling since the start of October.