Border checkpoint

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 20:52
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Just like to know if there is another checkpoint at Ceduna or is there only one at Eucla.
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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:10

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:10
One at Ceduna heading east....

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Reply By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:11

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:11
Don't know about Eucla, but there is one at Border Village for vehicles travelling west, and one at Ceduna for vehicles travelling East.

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Glenn
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Follow Up By: Harry - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:29

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:29
Thanks for that, just what i wanted to know.
According to the info put out by Dept. of Ag. & Food, their brochure gives the locations for that state, Eucla being mentioned, so , there you go.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:24

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:24
As the previous responders have said there is a checkpoint for west bound traffic at Border Village, just a few kilometres east of Eucla, and one for west bound traffic on the western side of Ceduna.

If you are doing a day trip west of Ceduna you can call in at the checkpoint when heading west and let them know what you are doing. They will take a note of your details. When you are coming home at the end of the day you call in again and they will check your details and let you back through.

At least that is what happened when we did a day trip from Ceduna to Fowlers Bay a couple of years ago.

Duncs
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Follow Up By: Harry - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:32

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 21:32
Got that Duncs, I see now that Border Village is or might as well be Eucla.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 23:07

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2009 at 23:07
Hi Harry,
They stop all vehicles, 24 hours a day.It is about 2 kms out of town.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 07:18

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 07:18
Doing a return run that way next June/August, and wasn't aware of that. I take it, it is the normal Fruit check. SWMBO likes to have plenty of fresh supplies on board, so will have to remember to moderate stock.
Always learn something new on here, thanks people.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 07:57

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 07:57
Hi Fred,
When we were over that way last, when staying in Ceduna, we did a days trip out in the back blocks, west of the town. We dropped in to let them know that we were staying in town and the officer said that it was OK. The day trip turned out to a very full day, getting back after 7pm. There had been a change in inspection officers, so they still had to check the car again. They have a job to do and were only doing what they had to do.

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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:43

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:43
Fred. See below
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:47

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:47
Thanks Steve...can't beat local knowledge :-)

Coming from the east, there's a self regulating F/F zone entry at Broken Hill, but I didn't know about that one.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Harry - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 17:31

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 17:31
Thanks Stephen, now I know I can bypass it.
What comments have you got for that 1 DIO.
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Reply By: Tenpounder (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:40

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:40
Hi Fred G
You ask if the Ceduna roadblock is the normal fruit check. In our experience, the SA inspection has long since been broadened to include vegs as well. We have found out the hard way that things like onions and spuds are high on the wanted list because of disease. I think pumpkin is OK, but not much else. Obviously tomatoes and cucumbers are a no-no, and most green vegs. Last time through, we cooked some vegs, but others reckon peeling some vegs is enough.
The SA govt brochure is probably worth looking at.
We lost a truss of the most beautiful tomatoes, heading East at Swan Reach from Adeliade, because we didn't think of the Western boundary of the Riverland region. Julie wept for weeks!
Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:51

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:51
Thanks Chris. We must have been typing at the same time there.
Thanks for the heads up on that, as I know we would have lost a lot of stock before heading over the Nullabor. There's a few of us going together, and all will appreciate something we did not know.

Fred.
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:59

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:59
You're welcome. You may want to visit http://www.quarantinedomestic.gov.au/ and find the info for yourselves. The trap for travellers is to assume that the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (Riverland SA plus Vic, NSW irrigated area) is the only one to worry about. Think herbs, plants, seeds, ten pound poms and other noxious substances as well.
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Reply By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:58

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 08:58
Just googled up a good link for this topic.Fruit Fly Zone info for travellers.
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Reply By: Ray - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 09:09

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 09:09
I've been across several times and have always wondered why the S.A. checkpoint should be at Ceduna and why not at Border Village adjacent to the W.A. checkpoint but I suppose that is too logical. The W.A. checkpoint used to be just east of Norseman but was shifted some years ago.
When going shopping with HIDs which is not very often I always wonder how fruit and veggies are got into W.A. by Woollies and Coles????????
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 11:46

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 11:46
Ray,
Years ago when the WA checkpoint was at Norseman and the decision was being made to shift the WA checkpoint closer to the border, SA was invited to create a joint checkpoint on the WA-SA border.
Initially it was agreed to but SA later reneged on the deal.

The issue of foodstuff coming through the border by Woolies, Coles and the other commercial operators is a complicated arrangement based on certification by inspectors prior to going onto the trucks, and random spot checking at the WA end destination

Domestic foods, the stuff you and I bring through, has no such certification and hence must be surrendered at the border.

Hope this helps

Disco.
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Reply By: landseka - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 11:41

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 11:41
Yes, the Eastbound traffic is checked at Ceduna, as it always has been, Westbound used to be checked at Norseman as stated.

This came about from the earlier days of motoring when the powers to be still used sensible thinking.

By having the quarantine stations situated as they were they avoided taking any food from travellers that were heading into the Nullabor.

They probably figured that any bugs that may be in an apple core tossed out couldn't do much damage out there anyway and that fruit may be a lifesaver when traffic was minimal and a breakdown occurred.
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Follow Up By: landseka - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 11:48

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 11:48
I meant to add, don't bring any honey either, that is high on the no-no list coming into WA.

Even if it is still sealed from new, you WILL lose it.

Those foam ex fruit boxes some folk use as coolers also are forbidden.

One trip we bought a heap of fresh, live oysters at the roadside stop at Ceduna, ($6.50 a doz) and got a couple of those foam boxes to put the yummies on ice for the trip home. lost the boxes so had to eat them on the way home. Not really hard to do though :-)
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Follow Up By: DesF - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:24

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 18:24
Hi, We have also found , no nuts still in shells, also found the honey one the hard way, Cheers Des.
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Reply By: Member - Fred G NSW - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 13:01

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 13:01
I'm sure glad Harry started this particular thread, because we wern't aware of any of this info...just something we would have taken for granted.

Landseka...I hope all those oysters didn't do too much damage LOL LOL ;-)))

Fred.

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Reply By: DIO - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 15:44

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 15:44
Just remember than when travelling anywhere in South Australia, particularly within proximity to checking stations, that the authorities concuct mobile patrols and it's not unusual for them to set up check points after signs warning of the need (obligation) to discard specified fruit/vegetables etc. Non complaince with warning signs will result on on the spot fines. You haved been warned.
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Follow Up By: Tenpounder (SA) - Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:48

Wednesday, Jul 08, 2009 at 16:48
Yes DIO, but I am sure most people on this site are more concerned to do the right thing, and help to stop the transfer of plant disease between states, than simply avoid being caught!!
Bu the fines for breaching the quarantine rules are pretty stiff these days.
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Reply By: whale - Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:24

Thursday, Jul 09, 2009 at 21:24
we have done the trip many times and any fruit and veg that can be cooked we cook, then put in the fridge. anything that can't be cooked we ensure that we eat it well before the inspection sites. it is amazing how much fruit and veg gets dumped well before the sites. we have never wasted anything or had to hand anything over, planning is the key.
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