Environment on Kangaroo Island
Protecting our future.
Kangaroo Island is a unique environment
free of many of the pests and diseases found on mainland
Australia. Consequently it needs to be protected.
Visitors are asked to respect the island’s strict
quarantine status and not import flora and fauna that might
jeopardise our future. Just one new pest or disease could
be devastating. Biosecurity is about keeping Kangaroo Island
safe from pests and diseases. Kangaroo Island’s remoteness
has created a very special environment being free of many
pests and diseases however the introduction of just one
new pest or disease could have devastating consequences
for our economy. Fortunately we have an opportunity, with
your help, to maintain quarantine status and this happens
in several ways.
Firstly it is important to note that, in order
to protect some of our main industries, legislation forbids
the importation of the following items into Kangaroo Island.
• bees , honey products and bee handling equipment.
This protects our pure strain of Ligurian Bees, the only
such colony left worldwide!
• foxes; which could devastate our free range poultry
• rabbits; their impact on farming environments is
Secondly, the legislation restricts the importation
• potatoes: any potatoes brought onto the island
must be in new packaging and all peels and unused potatoes
must be destroyed to prevent regermination
• vines: cuttings and soil in which grapevines have
grown are not to be brought onto the Island without prior
inspection and approval.
Finally, in order to prevent the introduction of
weeds, both pastoral and aquatic, which can devastate grazing
and cropping industries, we rely on you.
• ensure that vehicles, caravans, trailers, camping
gear, hiking boots and equipment are free of mud and weed
seeds prior to travelling.
• clean your boats and gear prior to coming to the
Island. Particular attention should be paid to boat surfaces
(hull, propeller, rudder, anchor etc) and gear (including
nets, wetsuits, life jackets, fishing tackle etc.)
Biosecurity is more about people than it
is about pests and diseases. Your support is vital if Kangaroo
Island is to protect its industries and environment and
continue to offer the unspoiled beauty for which it is famous.
Good Food Kangaroo Island is an industry group
formed to encourage and support value adding producers and
protect the integrity of the Island’s produce. Regional
food groups have been established throughout South Australia
and are actively working with producers to establish regional
branding and long term relationships with major retailers
seeking access to high quality, branded products.
for more information about produce, transport, reservations
and tourist attractions.