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Quarantine and exclusion zones
Some zones are staffed and all vehicles are stopped whereas others work on an honesty system or with part time inspectors. What
ever they are, please respect the requirements and be honest about what you are carrying. Disease protection for agriculture
is vital, so please be considerate, check what you are carrying thoroughly, and dispose of anything that could carry diseases even
when there is not a manned station.
To find more about the various state and intra-state exclusions, look through Domestic
Quarantine and select the state you are visiting. There are phone numbers given to check if you are not clear on what you
can bring. This brochure sets out what can't be taken across the various state borders.
See these links for
more detail on state requirements in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania
Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ) spans three states; New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Note: 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. When crossing the state border in South Australia, all fresh fruit will be confiscated, even if it has been
purchased within the exclusion zone.
Within the FFEZ is the Sunraysia pest free zone. This link has a good reference of
which fruits may carry fruit fly Sunraysia Pest Free Zone
Tomatoes are a fruit and subject to fruit fly, as are capsicum and
chillies, avocadoes and Aubergines (eggplant).
Through some areas of Queensland there are car and caravan wash down bays
to help prevent the spread of plant pests such as Parthenium
See more about Wash Down Bays
Cooked produce can be brought safely across exclusion zone and state borders. We have a cooking night the day before reaching
Potatoes and onions may be accepted if thoroughly peeled and free of any soil – always declare these at the
checkpoint and have the inspectors check these. They will last a few days wrapped in plastic without refrigeration. Alternatively
peel, slice, par-boil and freeze or refrigerate. Salad greens are just about the only thing you cannot treat.
and vegetables such as green vegetables, carrots, tomatoes and stone fruit can be prepared for cooking, par-boiled and frozen or refrigerated
to use in cooking over the next few days.
At caravan parks, produce is readily given away to others travelling in the
opposite direction. At Penong in South Australia, caravanners travelling in either direction were heading for quarantine (Ceduna
or Western Australian border), so produce was offered to the caravan park proprietress, who said she knew someone in need who always
welcomed the donations.
On our first trip towards the Riverlands, we thought our route would not quite meet the exclusion
zone, so were happy to keep the tray of nectarines we'd just purchased. We saw the first sign "EAT FRUIT NOW".
Still thinking our route wasn't going to cross the zone border we ate a few nectarines anyway. Then we got to the zone border,
bin and more signage "EAT FRUIT NOW" so we did - we sat there and ate the lot. We were probably only inside the zone for a few
Whether entering the country, crossing state borders or meeting exclusion zones set up to protect a specific type of agriculture,
there will be things you cannot bring.
To find more about restrictions when coming to Australia, read Can you bring or
mail your item to Australia?
The following is not a complete list of items that you must declare on arrival. In many cases, items you declare will be returned
to you after inspection. Some may be allowed in if accompanied by an import permit (issued by AQIS prior to arrival), or with treatment
in Australia to make them safe (fees and charges apply). Alternatively, you can drop them in quarantine bins at the airport.
commercially prepared, cooked and raw food and ingredients
- dried fruit and vegetables*
- instant noodles and rice*
- packaged meals*
- herbal and traditional medicines, remedies, tonics and herbal teas*
- snack foods*
- biscuits, cakes and confectionery*
tea, coffee and other beverages
- infant formula (must be accompanying a child)
- airline food/snacks.
Dairy and egg products
- dairy products
(fresh and powdered) including milk, cheese and 'non–dairy' creamers
- cheese—must be commercially prepared and packaged and originate
from countries free from foot and mouth disease
- airline food containing dairy including milk, yoghurt and sandwiches containing cheese
- all whole, dried and powdered eggs, and egg products that contain more than 10 per cent egg as an ingredient, such as mayonnaise
egg products including noodles and pasta that are not commercially manufactured.
- all uncanned meat including
fresh, dried, frozen, cooked, smoked, salted or preserved—from all animal species
- sausages, salami and sliced meats
- airline food including
sandwiches containing meat
- fish and other seafood products*
- pet food—including canned products and rawhide chews
- rawhide articles
and handicrafts including drums.
Seeds and nuts
- cereal grains, popping corn, raw nuts, pine cones, birdseed, unidentified
seeds, some commercially packaged seeds, and ornaments including seeds.
Fresh fruit or vegetables
- all fresh and frozen fruit
Live animals and animal products
- all mammals, birds, birds eggs and nests, fish, reptiles, amphibians and
- feathers, bones, horns, tusks, wool and animal hair
- skins, hides and furs
- stuffed animals and birds (taxidermy certificate
required—some may be prohibited under endangered species laws)
- shells and coral (including jewellery and souvenirs)
- bee products including
honey,* beeswax and honeycomb
- used animal equipment including veterinary equipment and medicines, shearing or meat trade tools, saddlery
and tack and animal or bird cages.
- biological specimens including tissue culture*
- craft and hobby lines made from
animal or plant material
- used sporting and camping equipment including tents, footwear, hiking boots, golf equipment and bicycles
(need to be checked to ensure they are clean and free from soil contamination)
- used freshwater watercraft or fishing equipment including
rods and nets, waders, kayaks, paddles and life jackets.
- all potted/bare rooted plants, cuttings, roots, bulbs,
corms, stems and other viable plant material
- banana products including food (fresh and dried) and souvenirs made with banana plant
- souvenirs made with or filled with straw, including Thai cushions
- wooden articles and carvings including painted or lacquered
- items that include bark
- artefacts, handicrafts and souvenirs made from plant material
- mats, bags and other items made from plant
material, palm fronds or leaves
- straw products and packaging*
- bamboo, cane or rattan basket ware and furnishings
and coconut shells
- Christmas decorations, wreaths and ornaments
- dried flowers and arrangements
- fresh flowers and leis.
When crossing state borders, particularly when entering Western Australia via the Eyre Highway (Nullarbor), it may be some time before
larger shopping complexes are reached, although limited supplies may be available at smaller places. Soon after most borders
there will be shops with a ready supply of fresh fruit and vegetables.
What can’t you manage without? Dried or tinned
fruit will suffice until fresh supplies can be readily purchased. With a back up supply of dried potato or even tinned potato,
dried or frozen green vegetables and tomatoes, fresh salad is about the only meal lacking.
Always check you have no unwelcome passengers, be they seeds carried in soil, tyres, shoes and socks, pet fur or pet bedding, or insects
or even animals as large as cane toads. Cane Toads have proved to be clever hitch hikers and have spread quickly across
the northern regions of Australia posing a significant threat to native species.
Soil in any form is prohibited across all borders
except into Victoria, where just some exemptions apply.
Whether you are coming to Australia from another country, or you are an Australian touring within your home country, you will meet
restrictions on what you can bring into the country, a particularly state, or even a specific agricultural area. Research beforehand
will save you losing property, gifts and food. Links on how the find out precisely what you can and can’t bring are set out
on this page.
Always be quite honest at inspection points as our primary production needs the protection from diseases,
pests and which can so easily destroy our livelihoods and food supplies. Significant fines apply for those attempting to breach
Read tips about what to do with your fresh produce before crossing a quarantine checkpoint or exclusion
zone, and what you can use as substitutes until more supplies can be purchased.
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If you have gone past a checkpoint and realise you have something you shouldn’t have kept, do not just throw it out.
produce, seeds or soil in a plastic bag and contact that state's quarantine as soon as possible to discuss safe disposal.
Capital Territory 02 62076376
New South Wales 02 63913100
Northern Territory 08 89992118
Queensland 07 34046999
Western Australia 08 93341800
Tomatoes are a fruit and subject to fruit fly, as are capsicum and chillies, avocadoes and Aubergines (eggplant)
It is vital for our cropping industry to keep declared weeds out. A few small seeds hitch-hiking on your shoelaces can be
enough to do untold damage
Vineyards are found in all states, and there are strict quarantine measures to keep these disease fee