Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family. Myrtle rust cannot be eradicated and will continue to spread because it produces thousands of spores that are easily spread by wind, human activity and animals. Although we can't eradicate the disease, we can limit its spread, manage its impact and carry out research to discover its full host range and seek long-term solutions.


Myrtle Rust is fast becoming a common sighting on the Tablelands and over 20 council areas in Queensland have reported Myrtle Rust sightings.

Please refer to Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) website for up to date information and how you can report Myrtle Rust sightings and what to do to assist in stopping the spread.

Useful Links:

Summary of information for treating Myrtle Rust on your property from DAF website

Myrtle Rust Fact Sheet

List of plants affected by Myrtle Rust

DAF Myrtle Rust  -

DAF Online Reporting Form -