Coming back from interstate? Bin your fruit

All travellers to the NT, including those coming back home from interstate, are reminded to bin their fresh fruit and vegetables at major stops along the Stuart Highway to protect the Ti Tree horticultural industry.

It is illegal to carry fruit north of Aileron, located 135 kilometres north of Alice Springs, which is the start of the Ti Tree fruit fly exclusion zone. A disposal bin is located at Aileron for easy disposal of produce.

Mangoes, melons, table grapes, pumpkins and zucchini are currently grown in the Ti Tree area. The fruit fly free zone is vital to growers, enabling access to interstate markets.

Fruit flies feed on fruit and vegetable flesh, destroying entire crops. They can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in lost income and eradication expenses.

Fruit bins are located before the Ti Tree fruit fly exclusion zone at:

  • Marla, South Australia – 454 kilometres south of Alice Springs.
  • Kulgera, NT – 275 kilometres south of Alice Springs.
  • Alice Springs Airport.
  • The Ghan Railway Station – Alice Springs
  • Aileron, NT – 135 kilometres north of Alice Springs.
  • Ti Tree township – 202 kilometres north of Alice Springs

If you notice anything unusual in your fruit or vegetables, please contact the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

See the NT Government websitefor more information about travelling in the NT.

Last updated: 10 April 2019