Fruit and Vegs in Flinders

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Are planning our trip to Flinders/Simpson in August and wonder where we can buy fruit and Vegs on the way due to the fruit fly restrictions.
Will be travelling from Mungo to Yunta then North to Erunta and across to Wilpena. Is Broken Hill considered inside the area to buy fruit.
Any advise would be welcome.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 14:54

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 14:54
No you have to surrender fruit and stuff before entering BH, then there is another inspection at Oodlawirra.
If you are going northwest from Yunta on the dirt then you can take it from Broken hill.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rodney B- Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 16:56

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 16:56
Hi Peter
Missed it when I first read the replies, are you saying we can get stuff at Broken Hill (do you get a certificate etc) and then carry it into SA.
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Follow Up By: Ozhumvee - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 17:09

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 17:09
Legally you can't Rod. If heading north you won't pass any quarantine gates, bins or anything else, not too many fruit trees in the northern parts either
Your best bet is Leigh creek but will be relatively expensive.
We've found when doing desert trips that you need to detour to Port Augusta to stock up with fruit and veges especially if you have a few vehicles in the group as you will buy out all the small places.
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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:18

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:18
Travelling into and within South Australia
It is illegal to carry fruit and vegetables across all borders into South Australia, unless they have been certified free of pests and diseases.

South Australian Quarantine roadblocks and honesty bins are strategically placed throughout South Australia. Mobile quarantine roadblocks operate on country roads.

Don't risk a $2500 fine


As Broken Hill is across the border from SA it looks like you could have problems. Don't forget, P.I.R.S.A. conduct mobile patrols and have the power to stop vehicles and search them. Substantial penalties apply for anyone caught with fruit or vegetables brought in from interstate. Your best and safest bet is to purchase at Yunta or after Wilpena try Leigh Creek and Hawker.
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Reply By: steve21 - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:34

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:34
G'day Rod, last time i stopped at Orroroo few good shops there for supplies. cheers steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Rodney B- Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 16:54

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 16:54
Hi Steve
Orroroo is too far down Steve as we are going up from Yunta,
How about Wilpena ? Are there shops for supplies. We don't intend to carry any illegal products so are looking at buying for a months trip in the desert.
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Reply By: dact - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 17:25

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 17:25
Yunta is not within the exclusion zone, so you should be able to take fruit & veg from Broken Hill to Yunta, but not the reverse as Broken Hill is just within the zone......Having said that though there was no fruit fly stop on the Barrier hwy between Broken Hill and Yunta (ie at the border, at Cockburn)

I would stock up at Broken Hill, as there is several large supermarkets there, and if you intend heading nth at Yunta there is nothing until Wilpena Resort, which is limited and expensive, and though Hawker isn't that far, there isn't a lot there either.

Cheers and happy travels
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Reply By: Bongo (Darwin NT) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 18:12

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 18:12
Fruit Fly Fact Sheet

I hope this link helps!

Cheers,
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Reply By: RobAck - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 19:07

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 19:07
You definitely cannot bring fruit, vegetables and some other items into SA, so check the DEH website for information. We do like to protect our wine, dried fruit and vegetable industries thank you.

Apart from that depends on how you are getting to the Flinders. Orrorroo is definitely a good place to stock up and whilst there drop in to Maggies Rendevous for a great feed and coffee. Or you can drop in at Hawker as well. The supermarket is across the road from the service station and it also provides a good selection of wine and beers as well. There is the pub and a very nice coffee shop at Blinman but that is it. If you are in Copely go to the bakery for a coffee and quandong pie and Leigh Creek has a well stocked supermarket

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Reply By: Member - shane (SA) - Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 19:33

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 at 19:33
If you buy from a supermarket and keep your receipt you can carry the food through. look at the web sight for S.A. it states it in there.
cheers shane.
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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:26

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:26
May be stated etc, but we have experienced the reality that stated "facts" are still ignored at road blocks and consequently have had to surrender stuff which was stated as OK.
The Adelaide mob got told in clear terms when we got home too!
The person/officer on spot has the ultimate 'power' and all that happened was we got asked the officers name so they could be told.
Well now we did not even to think to ask for name number etc did we!
Of course there was no offer for re-imbursement either!
Cheers - Mobi
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Follow Up By: Bongo (Darwin NT) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:38

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 16:38
"Movement of fruit into South Australia is restricted to
commercial shipments of fruit which are certified free
of fruit fly. Quarantine officers from Primary Industries
and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) are stationed at
roadblocks and airports to prevent travellers bringing
fruit into the state. Signs on other roads remind travellers
to eat their fruit or put it in roadside quarantine bins
where provided. People who break the law and bring
fruit or vegetables into South Australia face fines of up to
$20 000."

Quote from: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/43144/Fruit_fly_factsheet.pdf

SA Fruit fly information
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Follow Up By: MobiCondo - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 17:30

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 17:30
Yep - Shane & Bongo -

The authorities state stuff, what ever it is, we print it off to back up what we are lead to believe by official Web Sites and then we get told when we show the print off and reciepts, they will dis-allow the stated facts of their own statements and thats where we poor 'commoners' get caught!

So whats the best that we do now?

We simply do not bother with any un processed goods and use tinned what ever or dried what ever when near borders because FROM EXPERIENCE we know the authorities do not even keep their own word.

I guess thats why we pay big taxes - to get trapped by the irregular rules.

Am I cynical - YES! Angry at being duped - YES!

Cheers - Mobi
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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 00:29

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 00:29
If you are going to the Flinders Ranges via Yunta and Erudina, you won't even see a fruit shop before you get to Wilpena.
In fact you will only see a couple of pubs and a couple of roadhouses before you get to Wilpena.
Stock up at Broken Hill and you will be OK.
Hawker and Leigh Creek would be your only other options to get a cross section of supplies, as Wilpena really only has a limited variety.

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Reply By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 09:19

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 09:19
Quorn has an IGA with a good selection when we stayed there last May.

And quron is worth a visit for the Pichi Richi, Dutchmans Stern walk, and other sights including the rock wallabies.
Regards Philip A
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 09:19

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 09:19
Second is still Quorn.
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