Fruit Fly Checks

Submitted: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:52
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Hi all,

Just a quick question, on fruit fly checks. If we are heading out from Sydney to Alice Springs via Broken Hill, will we encounter any fruit fly checks? Just want to know if we can pre-pack all our fruit and veg before we leave home, or do we have to purchase in S.A.? Look forward to you replies.

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Reply By: signman - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:55

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 15:55
Yup..there's a fruit drop off point just east of Broken Hill,,
Leave your shopping till Woolies at BH...
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Reply By: Willem - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:01

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:01
Not sure about the Fruit Fly Check east of Broken Hill. Must be a new one.

There is most definitely a Fruit Fly Checkpoint at Oodlawirra which lies 25km east of Peterborough on the Barrier Highway. You can shop at Foodland Peterborough, IGA Orroroo or Woolworths, Port Augusta
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:13

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:13
As Willem said. don't even try to bring anything through as they will confiscate it.
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Follow Up By: signman - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:17

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 10:17
If ya read my answer...it's a Fruit drop point ( as opposed to a full on Check Point). However, its a 'honour' system- but the rangers do spot checks regularly between the Drop point and Broken Hill, with fines for non-obeyance. And it's been there for a looong time.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:25

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 14:25
Yes somehow I seem to misread all your posts...lol

But your advice re buying in BH isnt good as far a fruit or veg is concerned. I do think, however that one can get fruit or veg 'certified' for transit through FF Checkpoints.
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Reply By: StephenF10 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:31

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:31
Broken Hill is a bit of a problem. There is a sign on the Barrier Hwy east of BH warning you to get rid of your fruit and vegies as you are entering the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Even though there is no fixed gate they do have random checks. Since BH is in the far NW corner of the fruit fly zone you leave the zone again on the other side of BH as you continue towards Adelaide. However, you then encounter the SA border gate at Oodla Wirra where you WILL be stopped and searched.

So the moral of the story is don't bring fruit and vegies into BH, and don't stock up in BH as you'll lose it at Oodla Wirra.

Stephen.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 18:06

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 18:06
Ahhh Stephen...just a small error there in your statement.

Oodlawirra Fruit Fly Checkpoint is 209km south-west from the SA/NSW border
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Follow Up By: StephenF10 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:48

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:48
Yes, that's right. The Border Gate is a long way from the Border.

And it's not just Fruit Fly - it's a normal border inspection point (whatever the difference is!).

Stephen.
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Reply By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:42

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:42
And they mean business. I was crossing into the zone at Pinarroo in my work crummydore wagon loaded to the gunwales with furniture and equipment.

"Do you have any fruit?"

No

"Lets have a look anyway."

25 minutes to search the car, but then I had nothing better to do. Not sure about the 2 cars parked waiting behind me though. :o)

They do mean business.

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Reply By: Platz - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 18:10

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 18:10
I have heard that the NSW / SA border is pretty strict. Does anybody know about going from SA into NT
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:34

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:34
Platz,

Didn't think there was any restriction SA to NT...never has been any time we've "crossed over".

Viv
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:39

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:39
There isnt a Fruit Fly Checkpoint into the Northern Territory.

Other checkpoints are Victoria Highway NT into WA Border

SA into WA at Eucla? and also at Ceduna WA into SA

Sometimes there is one at Vic into SA Border

There is one near Pinaroo on Mallee Highway Vic into SA

Can't think of other places but there used to be one at Rollingstone in FNQ
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Follow Up By: Platz - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 20:13

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 20:13
Thanks for that info. We leave on Sunday. Was going to get friut and veg in Port Augusta, so now I can even more
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 20:16

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 20:16
Platz,

Only five sleeps!! Have a great trip.

Viv
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 00:21

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 00:21
Hi Willem

"just a small error there in your statement"
the check point is at Border Villiage, Not at Eucla as you say "LOL"
and has been for years

Richard
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 08:32

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 08:32
Hi Richard

What you didn't see was a ?(question mark) behind Eucla.

The last time I passed that way there was no Checkpoint and Border Village did not exist. In fact it was dirt road all the way from Eucla to Norseman.

Misreads and errors seem to be prevalent. Must be winter...when the brain freezes up...lol

Oh yes and there is also Checkpoint at Yamba on the Sturt Hwy near Renmark.
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 20:57

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 20:57
Willem

Come on

just a small rebut to the "just a small error there in your statement" to StephenF10

Brain never freezes up I drink to much LOL???

Richard
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:04

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:04
Richard

Drinking and posting is a sin

Not sure what the point of all this is
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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:10

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 21:10
none

Richard
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 18:33

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 18:33
Yes, well whether they are strict or not, how about just not taking fruit and veggies into the area it you see it posted, just eat it or cook it.

I've seen some real ratbags busy hiding fruit in stops just before Blocks and just begged for them to get sprung.
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Follow Up By: StephenF10 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:51

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 19:51
Not to mention the risk of these idiots bringing fruit flies into a "clean" area.

Stephen.
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Reply By: Hairy - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 21:00

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 21:00
Alice Springs does have fruit fly! Bringing fruit in is not welcomed but takeing fruit out is a bleep load worse! Ti Tree has a big fruit industry and Im sure they wouldnt like people bringing things in from other states for all sorts of infectious reasons but you wont come across road blocks like you do in the Eastern States. Do the right thing for all concerned and dont bring in anything that could possibly be a problem. Its got to be safer for everybody!
Cheers
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Reply By: Lyds- Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 21:53

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 21:53
keep in mind that you don't have to throw everything out.

Not prohibited:

Beans, canned fruit, carrot, celery, coffee berry, dried fruit, eggplant, grapes, lettuce, monstera, okra, olives, onion, peas, pineapple, potato, shallot.

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Reply By: Member - Matt L (NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 08:34

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 08:34
Hi all,

Thanks for the info, we respect the need and reasoning for these checks.
We will do our shopping at Port Augusta.

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Reply By: JJ - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:30

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 17:30
Hi Matt L,
This site go to 'On The Road' (little blue boxes above). Open Food and Water then scroll right down to 'Quarantine Regulations & Checkpoints'. It's all there.
JJ
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Reply By: hankering - Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 22:33

Saturday, Jun 03, 2006 at 22:33
Go to the www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture and all will be revealed.
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