Caring for Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island’s remoteness and isolation of the Island has created a unique environment discarding it from many of Australia’s pests and diseases are not found here. We need to work together to keep it this way.
The island depends on primary industries and nature-based tourism as a major part of its economy and the introduction of just one new pest or disease could have devastating consequences. Here is what you need to know before coming to Kangaroo Island.
You cannot bring to the island;
- Bees, bee handling equipment and honey products (yes that means no jars of honey!). Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary to the only Ligurian bee population in the world. Help keep this species pure and disease free
- Potatoes for consumption or planting. Unwashed or dirty potatoes may carry disease, which could devastate the island’s seed potato industry. Please leave them behind. Washed or brushed potatoes in new packaging are permitted for consumption only. For more information contact: Primary Industries and Resources SA 08 8553 4949 or 1300 666 010
- Foxes, rabbits and declared weeds. The introduction of these pests would create an environmental disaster. For further information contact: Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board on 08 8553 4300 or www.kinrm.sa.gov.au
- Download an Information Card here.
Other things you can do to protect Kangaroo Island are;
- Visitors must notify the Kangaroo Island Council if they are bringing a dog or cat to the island. This is per Council By-Laws 5 (dogs) and 6 (cats). To notify the council, simply call Customer Services on 8553 4500 or email [email protected] (Don’t forget!)
- Pets are NOT allowed at Seal Bay or any national park on Kangaroo Island (including car parks).
- Residual plant material may be on your vehicle, camping equipment and hiking boots. Make sure they are free of soil before visiting Kangaroo Island
- Aquatic pests are a major threat to marine environments. Please clean your boat and equipment carefully before leaving for Kangaroo Island
- Vine cuttings from interstate must be inspected and certified. Help keep our vineyards disease free
Finally, there are just some items you cannot bring to Kangaroo Island. Please leave them home or dispose of any prohibited items before traveling to Kangaroo Island. Severe penalties apply. The island depends on primary industries and nature-based tourism as a major part of its economy and the introduction of just one new pest or disease could have devastating consequences.
Protect don’t neglect!