Bringing fruit and vegetables into South Australia

To help keep fruit fly out of South Australia, restrictions apply for people bringing fruit, vegetables, other plants and plant products into the state.

Fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables cannot be carried from interstate into South Australia, unless they comply with import requirements. Commercial importers generally need a plant health certificate or plant health assurance certificate to bring these items into the State.

Uncertified fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables (those generally carried by the travelling public) cannot be brought into the state. Fines and penalties apply if you breach these regulations and requirements.

Quarantine stations, signs and disposal bins are located across the state including at road entry points, airports and rail terminals.

Quarantine stations

You must stop at quarantine stations and declare any fruit, vegetables, other plants or plant products.

Permanent quarantine stations are located on the:

  • Sturt Highway at Yamba between Mildura and Renmark
  • Eyre Highway at Ceduna 
  • Barrier Highway at Oodla Wirra 
  • Mallee Highway between Murrayville and Pinnaroo.

Plant health inspectors can search your vehicle at a quarantine station and take any restricted items.


Road signs on the way into South Australia warn you that you must dispose of restricted fruit and vegetables before entering the state.

Disposal bins

Highways that do not have quarantine stations at entry points to the state have disposal bins that are clearly signed. These are located on the:

  • Glenelg Highway near Mount Gambier
  • Nelson Highway near Mount Gambier 
  • Princes Highway near Mount Gambier 
  • Dukes Highway near Bordertown 
  • Stuart Highway at Marla
  • Wimmera Highway near Naracoorte
  • Old Wentworth Road at Riverland.

You must dispose of all restricted items in the disposal bins.

Random roadblocks are carried out on these roads. You will be fined if you are found with restricted items after you travel past the disposal bins.

Visit the Quarantine Domestic website for a list of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other items that cannot be brought into South Australia.


Fruit fly: 1300 666 010

Plant pests: 1800 084 881

Page Last Reviewed: 27 Jan 2015
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