Taking fruit and vegetables into the Riverland

Restrictions apply for taking fresh fruit and vegetables into the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone from other parts of South Australia to help protect the Riverland’s status as a recognised pest free area for fruit fly

You can only take into the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone :

  • fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables accompanied with an itemised receipt proving it was purchased from a South Australian shop.
  • cooked, processed, preserved, stewed, dried, frozen or canned fruit and fruiting vegetables.

You cannot take in the exclusion zone:

  • home-grown fruit and fruiting vegetables
  • fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from a shop interstate
  • fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from a South Australian shop unless you are carrying itemised receipt proving its purchase location.

If you're travelling into Riverland keep handy the:

Riverland Pest Free Area

South Australia’s Riverland region is formally recognised as a Pest Free Area for fruit flies, meaning it is free of both Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly.

This Pest Free Area status is internationally recognised by key export markets including the United States, Thailand, Japan and New Zealand.

The Pest Free Area means produce from the Riverland can be shipped directly to these countries without the need for disinfestation treatments for fruit fly, which reduces costs and delays for producers and exporters across the supply chain.

South Australia’s citrus industry is the main benefactor of the Riverland’s Pest Free Area status, exporting $104 million worth of citrus in 2016–17. Stonefruit production is also an important and growing horticultural sector in the Riverland that benefits from the status.

PIRSA supports the maintenance and ongoing status of the Riverland Pest Free Area by maintaining and inspecting more than 1000 fruit fly traps in the region on a weekly basis in the warmer months, and fortnightly in the winter months.

The Pest Free Area is surrounded by 18 quarantine bins with signage highlighting quarantine restrictions to travellers entering the region. PIRSA also operates the Yamba Quarantine Stations 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, as well as random roadblocks, stopping and checking all traveller and commercial vehicles for fruit fly host material.

Please note that as of 4 January 2019 a zero tolerance approach applies at the Yamba quarantine station and you will be fined if found carrying restricted fruit and vegetables.

View a map of the Riverland Pest Free Area (PNG 270.6 KB)

Road signs are located before the fruit fly exclusion zone

Road signs on the way into the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone warn you that you must dispose of restricted fruit and vegetables before going into the area.

Disposal bin locations

Disposal bins are provided on several roads on the way into the Riverland fruit fly exclusion zone:

  • Karoonda to Loxton Road
  • Pinnaroo to Loxton Road
  • Sedan to Swan Reach Road
  • Sturt Highway near Blanchetown
  • Burra to Morgan Road
  • Eudunda to Morgan Road
  • Mount Pleasant to Walkers Flat Road
  • Mannum to Bowhill Rd.

You must dispose of any fresh fruit or fruiting vegetables in the disposal bins unless you have an itemised shop receipt.

Mobile roadblocks

Mobile roadblocks operate on the roads in the Riverland and you must stop at a road block for your vehicle to be checked. Please note a zero tolerance approach now applies at all random roadblocks in South Australia.

You will be fined if you are found carrying restricted fruit and vegetables past the disposal bins.

Zero tolerance

As of 4 January 2019, if caught with fruit or fruiting vegetables illegally at the Yamba Quarantine Station you will be fined. A zero tolerance approach is also in place at random quarantine roadblock operations in South Australia.


Fruit fly: 1300 666 010
Plant pests: 1800 084 881

Page Last Reviewed: 29 Jun 2018
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