Bringing fruit and vegetables into South Australia

Restrictions apply for people bringing fruit, vegetables, other plants and plant products into South Australia.

Download the SA Quarantine brochure (PDF 1.7 MB) for instructions on what you can bring into South Australia, and what can be moved within South Australia.

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.

Restrictions also apply for taking fresh fruit and vegetables into the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone from other parts of South Australia.

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 the State border
  • Purnong Road near Mannum
  • Goyder Highway near Morgan
  • Thiele Highway near Eudunda
  • Sturt Highway near Blanchetown
  • Stott Highway near Sedan
  • Angas Valley Road near Walker Flat
  • Hunter Road near Bow Hill
  • Browns Well Highway near Paruna
  • Karoonda Highway near  Alawoona
  • Oodla Wirra (when quarantine station is closed)
  • Pinnaroo (when quarantine station is closed)

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: 02 Jan 2018
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