Prohibited Items

Kangaroo Island’s remoteness and isolation has created a special environment, free from many of the pests and diseases found on mainland Australia. The arrival of new pests and diseases has the potential to devastate our local environment and our agriculture industries. We need your help to protect the unique environment of Kangaroo Island.

There are some items that you cannot bring to Kangaroo Island. Please dispose of any prohibited items before traveling to Kangaroo Island. Severe penalties apply.

A Biosecurity Bin is provided at SeaLink’s Cape Jervis Ferry Terminal.

You cannot bring

  • 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 and these items can spread disease threatening a significant KI industry. Help keep this species pure and disease free.
  • Unwashed or dirty potatoes may carry disease which could devastate the island’s seed potato industry. Please leave them behind. Note:  washed or brushed potatoes in new packaging are permitted for consumption only.
  • Foxes, rabbits and declared weeds. The introduction of these pests would create an environmental disaster. For further information contact: Biosecurity SA, PIRSA Kangaroo Island on 08 8553 4949 or

Other things you can do to protect Kangaroo Island

  • 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].
  • 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.
  • Vine cuttings from interstate must be inspected and certified. Help keep our vineyards disease-free.

For further information, please call the Biosecurity Officer at Biosecurity SA, PIRSA Kangaroo Island on (08) 8553 4949.