Keeping Kangaroo Island safe from pests and disease
What you need to know when travelling to Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island is a popular tourist destination for Australians and international visitors. Its remoteness boasts a unique environment that is free from many pests and diseases found on mainland Australia.
Every time someone travels to the Island, there is a risk that pests or diseases could be introduced. This has the potential to devastate the local environment and agricultural industries. We need to work together to protect Kangaroo Island’s biosecurity.
Items you cannot bring to Kangaroo Island
When travelling to Kangaroo Island, you cannot bring any of the following items with you.
Bee and honey products
- bee handling (apiary) equipment
- honey, honeycomb
- beeswax products.
These items can spread disease which could threaten a significant industry on Kangaroo Island.
Unwashed or dirty potatoes intended for eating or planting cannot be brought onto the island. They may carry disease which could devastate the local seed potato industry.
You may bring washed or brushed potatoes that are in new (unopened) packaging for eating.
Animal and plant pests
Animal and plant pests impact agricultural industries and create environmental problems.
Do not bring:
- declared weeds
Permits for keeping animals
Deer, goats and ferrets may be kept with a permit. Contact Landscape SA Kangaroo Island for more information.
Checks of travellers to Kangaroo Island
When travelling to Kangaroo Island you may encounter a random biosecurity check. Our staff are stationed at Cape Jervis Ferry Terminal and Kingscote Airport and will be looking for restricted items.
Amnesty bins are available at all entry points to Kangaroo Island. If you have a restricted item, you may dispose restricted items in these bins.
Other things you can do to help
Keep your car, boat and equipment clean
Before travelling to Kangaroo Island check items such as:
- cars, machinery and vehicles
- camping equipment
- hiking boots
- other outdoor equipment.
These items could contain residual plant material like weed seeds, animal and plant diseases. Make sure they are free of soil.
Your boat and boating equipment can also carry marine pests. Make sure they are clean before leaving for the island.
Practice good farm biosecurity
When visiting local farms or agricultural land, ensure you follow instructions before entering the property. Farm biosecurity is designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases.
Report sightings of pests
If you see an animal or plant pest while on Kangaroo Island, please report it immediately to PIRSA Kingscote on 08 8553 4949.
- feral pigs
- declared weeds
- feral goats
- feral deer
- European wasps.