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 Quarantine Zone (SA), the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (VIC/NSW). You should not take any fruit or vegetables over state borders unless they comply with state regulations.
Plan Your Fruit and Vegetable 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.
You can take fruit and vegetable into the Riverland if purchased in South Australia and you have the receipt of purchase however you cannot transport fruit or vegetables if purchased in another state.