Chat is currently offline
X
Our live chat operators will be back online between:
07:00 – 23:00 Melbourne Time, 7 days a week.

You can still get in touch with us by completing our contact form:
Contact Us
Home > Moving In Australia > How to Move Plants Interstate

How to Move Plants Interstate

how to move plants interstate

Can I move plants interstate?

Plants are often difficult to move, so it’s important to know how to move plants interstate. At WridgWays we can help you understand what you need to do to move your plants interstate. This guide will show you the steps involved in moving plants and any quarantine requirements for each state and territory.

Can I move plants interstate? Talk to WridgWays today for help with your move!

The reason for quarantine

It may seem frustrating when you can’t bring all your favourite plants with you across the border. But quarantine regulations are important for preventing pests, diseases, and weeds from spreading. Some states have strict regulations in place to prevent the spread of pests from some areas of Australia.

It’s important to adhere to quarantine regulations as there can be serious consequences. If you try to bring certain plants across the border the authorities will seize them. This will most likely result in large fines. Transporting banned plants into certain states or territories is illegal. Check the regulations for that specific area before you go to avoid hefty fines.

State and territory quarantine regulators

Each state and territory has different regulations and restrictions for bringing in plants. The authorities who decide this are the state and territory quarantine regulators. They are the best people to talk to if you’re not sure about how to move your plants to a new home interstate.

Quarantine regulators in Australia:

Specific regulations

If you’re wondering “can I move plants interstate?” then you’ve come to the right place. We can show you the specific regulations for each state and territory to ensure you are abiding by the law during your travels.

No – you cannot carryYes – you can carryAsk – appropriate permit required
Ask

Travelling to NSW & ACT
Plant items NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Banana planting material
Bulbs, corms (dormant)
Citrus plants, cuttings or budwood Ask Ask
Cut flowers & foliage
Fruit and vegetables (plants, seedlings & seeds) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Grapevines, cuttings or budwood
Lupin plant material Ask Ask
Potato planting material
Pot plants & nursery stock Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Timber (raw or treated) Ask

Travelling to NT
Plant items NSW QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Bulbs, corms (dormant)
Cut flowers & foliage Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Fruit and vegetables (plants & seedlings) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Grapevines, cuttings or budwood Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Maize (seed) Ask Ask
Pot plants & nursery stock Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Pinewood & pinewood products Ask
Seeds Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Weeds & weed seeds

Travelling to QLD
Plant items NSW QLD SA TAS VIC WA
Banana plants and seeds of Musaceae (Musa, Musella, and Ensete)
Bare rooted plants Ask
Bulbs, corms etc. (dormant and free soil) Ask
Cut flowers & foliage Ask
Flower seedlings Ask
Fruit and vegetables (plants & seedlings) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Grapes, grapevines, cuttings or budwood
House/pot plants Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Native plants Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Pine family plants (Pinus, Picea, Christmas tree) Ask Ask Ask
Pine timber (dried) Ask
Plants of the Saccharum genus (sugarcane, pit-pit)
Potato planting material
Stock feed (hay, grains, bird food) Ask
Strawberry plants
Weeds & weed seeds

Travelling to SA
Plant items NSW NT QLD TAS VIC WA
Bulbs, corms (dormant) Ask
Citrus plants (no fruit or soil, commercial potting mix only) Ask Ask Ask Ask
Cut flowers (excluding Myrtaceae) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Date palms Ask Ask Ask Ask
Fruit and vegetable plants including seedlings Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Grapevines, cuttings, budwood
House/pot plants and cuttings/nursery stock/potted herbs Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Pinus plants Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Pine timber (dried) Ask
Fire wood (dried and bark-free) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Seeds (edible or sprouting) not maize for planting

Travelling to TAS
Plant items NSW NT QLD SA VIC WA
Bulbs, corms Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Cut flowers & foliage Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Fruit and vegetables (plants, seedlings & seeds) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Grapevines, cuttings or budwood Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
House/pot plants & nursery stock Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Stock feed (hay, grain, birdseed/sticks/ pelletised feed) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Timber & timber products (untreated including firewood) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Weeds & weed seeds

Travelling to VIC
Plant items NSW NT QLD SA SA WA
Bare rooted plants (except vines) Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Blueberry plants Ask Ask Ask Ask
Bulbs, corms Ask
Citrus plants Ask Ask Ask
Cut flowers & foliage Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Flower seedlings Ask Ask
Grapevines, cuttings or budwood Ask Ask Ask
House/pot plants Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Stock feed (hay, grains, bird food) Ask Ask Ask Ask
Timber (raw or treated) Ask
Vegetable seedlings Ask Ask
Weed & weed seeds Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask

Travelling to WA
Plant items NSW NT QLD SA SA VIC
Bulbs Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Cut flowers & foliage Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Garden/house/pot plant Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Seeds Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask Ask
Stock feed (hay/fodder)
Timber (dressed/without bark)
Wood (firewood: dried &  bark-free)
Wood (ornamental: dried & bark-free)

Tips for moving plants interstate

lady pruning plant

When it comes to working how out to move plants interstate, here are some great tips to remember:

  • Prune back any excess foliage to make your plants easier to transport.
  • It’s also a good idea to tie or bind together loose branches.
  • Make sure you give your plans a good soaking to keep them hydrated for the journey.
  • You’ll also need to treat your plants for pests and diseases.

Need help moving your plants interstate? Get in touch with WridgWays today!