Everything you need to know about travelling to Kangaroo Island.
update 17 january 2020:
visitors to Kangaroo Island are TO heed advice at all times and regularly check the information about bushfire warnings on the CFS website.
Where to get the most up to date information?
Like with any natural disaster, we encourage you to please check conditions before you go in case conditions have changed since the time of this being published. This article is to be used as a guide only. We will endeavour to update this page as the island recovers and rebuilds, however please check the following sites first and monitor them when you’re on the island.
CFS (Country Fire Service)
Traffic SA Road Closures
The Bureau of Meteorology
How you can help
If you would like to like to help the Kangaroo Island community through donations or understand how you can help rebuild through volunteer programs, please take a look at our helpful information about this. Thank you to our global community who have been generous in helping Kangaroo Island with financial aid.
what is open on Kangaroo Island?
Planning a visit to Kangaroo Island to help rebuild their economy through tourism is an important part of the recovery. The eastern part of the island remains unaffected and is a beautiful place to holiday. Find out what Kangaroo Island tourism businesses are open here. Reference our map below to see the no-travel zone unless necessary and safe to do so. You can also download this map when planning your trip to Kangaroo Island. Tourists are not encouraged to travel to the west of the island as road closures and emergency personnel are active in this area and it will only hinder the relief and recovery operation.
Alternative regions to visit
If you had imminent travel plans to Kangaroo Island and have been impacted by the situation on the island, we have put together a list of alternative regions which are some of South Australia's most loved and popular destinations to visit.
The Eyre Peninsula boasts fantastic food and wine, luxury accommodation and abundant wildlife, but it's best known for its world-famous aquatic activities. Rex and QantasLink will get you to Port Lincoln where you can hop aboard a shark cage dive or swim and play with sea lions off the coast of Port Lincoln. Sink your teeth into the Eyre Peninsula’s legendary oysters and freshly-caught seafood at the local fish mongers, pubs, restaurants and bars, then wash it down at the region's signature wineries. Find out more here.
Located forty minutes South of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers some of South Australia's finest coastal, scenic and culinary experiences. Spend quality time in nature’s playground discovering charming towns including Victor Harbor, Willunga, Normanville, Goolwa, Yankalilla and Rapid Bay. The region is home to the internationally renowned McLaren Vale - the home of sustainable wine production, world-renowned labels and unparalleled gastronomic experiences. Dig into 3D printed food in a giant rubik's cube or head Down The Rabbit Hole and taste McLaren Vale's renowned wine in a double-decker bus. Find out more here.
Wind your way down leafy lanes in the Adelaide Hills, stopping at villages dappled in light. The towns of Aldgate, Stirling, Oakbank, Birdwood, Crafers, Mount Barker and Hahndorf are all within an hour’s drive from Adelaide and are brimming with wildlife encounters and cultural discoveries. You'll find restaurants serving South Australia’s best produce, while wineries beckon from leafy groves, eager for you to sample one of their cool climate drops. The Adelaide Hills are home to some of South Australia’s best food, wine and scenery; it’s all so easy to access. Find out more here.
Just a 50 minute drive north east of Adelaide, the Barossa is an internationally-acclaimed wine region encompassing the towns of Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa. Wander into over 80 cellar doors, tasting some of the most awarded wines in the world and digging into sumptuous local produce. Meet winemakers, taste the best wine in the world (Kellermeister Wins’ Wild Witch Shiraz 2015) and chat with passionate staff and mingle with proud locals. Find out more here.
The Limestone Coast is home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders and world-famous wagyu beef. In the heart of Mount Gambier discover the aptly-named Blue Lake, the underground oasis, Umpherston Sinkhole or a New Orleans-style jazz club. Snorkel or dive the crystal-clear waters of the Kilsby Sinkhole or Piccaninnie Ponds or snuggle up glamping under a blanket full of stars. Top it off with wine from over 40 cellar stunning cellar doors steeped in history and taste the flavours of Mayura Station Australia’s premium, boutique beef producer. Find out more here.