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Fruit fly free in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales
Be fruit fly aware - don’t travel into protected areas of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia with fruit or vegetables!
Fruit and vegetable growers in Australia are under constant threat from fruit fly. This pest has the potential to destroy a multi-million dollar fruit export industry that is vital to the survival of regional communities. It can also prevent home gardeners from enjoying the fruits of their labour.
To help protect fruit and vegetable growing regions in South Australia, northern Victoria and southern New South Wales, areas of these states are protected by the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone, the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area and Protected Areas in the Riverina. You cannot take fruit or fruiting vegetables into these areas.
You should not take any fruit or vegetables over state borders.
Fines of up to $100,000 may apply
Australian state regulations vary, but as a guide, the following groups of fruit and vegetables cannot be taken into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (including the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area):
- Pome fruits (such as apple, crab apple, pear, quince etc)
- Tropical or temperate fruits (such as avocado, banana, berries, feijoa, fig, guava, grapes, loquats, mango, passionfruit, pawpaw, persimmon etc)
- Any fruiting vegetable (such as capsicum, chilli, eggplant, tomato, tamarillo etc)
- Citrus fruits (such as cumquat, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange etc)
You cannot enter South Australia with fruit or vegetables of any type and you should not cross state borders into Victoria or New South Wales with host fruit or vegetables.
The list below covers any fruit or fruiting vegetable currently restricted by regulations covering one or more of the member states of the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Click here for pictures of these.
- Abiu, acerola, apple, apricot, avocado,
- Babaco, banana, bitter gourd, black sapote, blackberry, blueberry, brazil cherry, breadfruit
- Caimito (star apple), cape gooseberry, capsicum, carambola (star fruit), cashew apple, casimiroa (white sapote), cherimoya, cherry, chilli, citron, coffee berry, cucumber, cumquat, custard apple
- Date, durian
- Feijoa, fig, gourd (bitter)
- Granadilla, grapefruit, grapes, grumichama, guava
- Hog plum (vai apple)
- Jaboticaba, jackfruit
- Kiwifruit, kumquat
- Lemon, lime, loganberry, longan, loofah (smooth), loquat, lychee
- Mandarin, mango, mangosteen, melons, monstera, mulberry
- Nashi, nectarine
- Papaya (pawpaw), passionfruit, peach, peacharine, pear, pepino, persimmon, plum, plumcot, pomegranate, prickly pear, pummelo, pumpkin
- Rambutan, rangpur lime, raspberry, rollinia, rose apple (wax jambu)
- Santol, sapodilla, sapote (white and black), soursop, squash, star apple (caimito), star fruit (carambola), strawberry, sugar apple (sweetsop), sweetsop (sugar apple)
- Tamarillo, tangelo, tomato
- Vai apple (hog plum)
- White sapote.
South Australian regulations also include: beans, potatoes and any members of the allium family (garlic, leeks, onions, shallots, spring onions etc)
Fines of up to $100,000 may apply
Better Plan Your Journey
Here’s a quick reference guide to help plan your journey in and around the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Remember, you cannot take fruit or vegetables (eg capsicum, chilli, eggplant, tomatoes etc) over state borders into South Australia, New South Wales or Victoria and you must eat or dispose of fruit or fruiting vegetables before travelling through the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone, the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area or the Riverina Protected Areas.
New South Wales
- You cannot take fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone or Riverina
- You cannot cross the state border from Victoria into New South Wales with fruit or vegetables unless accompanied by Plant Health Certification (for details, contact the Dept of Primary Industries)
- You cannot take fruit or fruiting vegetables from Sydney to Broken Hill, Griffith, or Hay
- Do not cross the state borders into Victoria or South Australia with fruit or fruiting vegetables
- You can carry fruit and fruiting vegetables from Sydney to Dubbo or from Sydney to Wagga Wagga, provided your journey does not take you into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone at any time.
- You cannot bring fruit or vegetables over the state border into South Australia
- Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables over the state border into New South Wales (including Broken Hill) or Victoria
- You must not to take fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Riverland or South Australian areas of the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (including Loxton, Morgan, Waikerie and Renmark), unless they were purchased within South Australia and are accompanied by an itemised shop receipt Plant Health Certification (contact PIRSA for details). Produce with receipts cannot be carried across state borders.
- Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables over the state border into Victoria from South Australia or New South Wales
- Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables from Melbourne into the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone or into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area
- Do not take fruit or fruiting vegetables across the border into New South Wales or South Australia.
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