Kangaroo Island Bushfire Support and Information
SeaLink is committed to supporting recovery efforts on Kangaroo Island following the devastating bushfires.
Our hearts go out to all those who have been impacted by the bushfires, including our own employees who live and work on the Island. Every effort is being made by our team to provide an efficient and reliable transport to the island for locals, visitors, volunteers and to move freight and donated goods. Extra ferry services are being added as required, to meet increases in demand.
Half-A-Million Dollar Support Package
SeaLink has committed a half-a-million-dollar support package to help Kangaroo Island and their residents recover and rebuild following the devastating bushfires, including an initial $200,000 donation to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.
The support package also includes:
- Free ferry travel up to the value of $2000 to people whose homes, properties and businesses have been destroyed in the bushfires. KI community members should email [email protected] by the 14th February 2020.
- Free passenger fares until 31st January 2020 were offered to family and friends of Kangaroo Island residents and property owners so they could travel to the island and provide assistance.
Support Through Tourism
We have also expanded our initial support package by offering a discounted ferry passenger fare of $15 each way as part of the SA Tourism Commissions #BookThemOut campaign. These discounted fares are intended to encourage visitation to this amazing island to help support the local community get back on their feet. We will continue to work with stakeholders across community, Government and industry to boost island visitation and help the community.
As an additional part of our marketing efforts, we will also work with Tourism Australia to promote their #HolidayHereThisYear campaign to encourage more Australians to choose a holiday at home this year. Take a look at our 30 reasons to visit Kangaroo Island.
SeaLink’s range of tours operated on Kangaroo Island are operating with modified itineraries. Visits are made to key attractions, locations and tourism operators around mainly the eastern and midsection of Kangaroo Island and we will continue to modify tours as more locations open up. Find information on our touring here.
Kangaroo Island has been overwhelmed with support from volunteers wishing to help the island get back on its feet.
To help coordinate the volunteer effort, SeaLink has partnered with, and provided a financial contribution to, BlazeAid, a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia following natural disaster, bushfire and flood events. People looking to volunteer should contact BlazeAid by emailing [email protected]
Volunteers are encouraged to use the $15 passenger ferry fares to travel. Use the promotional code BOOKTHEMOUT at checkout to receive this fare. Bookings must be made by 29th February 2020 and travel can be up to 30th June 2020.
Volunteer agencies request that volunteers should make their way independently to Kangaroo Island at their own cost and any discussions regarding expenses should be taken up directly with the appropriate volunteer agency.
Transport of Donations and Supplies
We encourage those wishing to donate goods to connect with the relevant authority or charity first, to ensure the goods can be processed and channelled as efficiently as possible.
SeaLink partnered with the Lions Club of Yankalilla and St Vincent De Paul to set up of locations for the donation of goods and provided free of charge ferry travel to deliver items to Kangaroo Island to Island Care and the KI Relief Centre.
The Yankalilla location has not closed, however for people still wanting to make further donations of goods, please donate at St Vincent de Paul Society Stores.
We have partnered with Foodbank SA to coordinate food supplies to the island with free of charge travel provided. Please see their website for items needed and drop off locations.
Hay and Fodder
Livestock SA are coordinating the transport of hay and fodder donations in conjunction with PIRSA. Please contact [email protected] or call 08 8297 2299 if you have hay or fodder to donate or wish to organise transport of these items to Kangaroo Island.
How can I help?
Official Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund
To assist those in need specifically on Kangaroo Island
Help purchase essentials for the victims that have been devastated by the fires.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network
A not-for-profit organisation made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who rescue and rehabilitate injured, sick and orphaned wildlife on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park
Donation of funds to help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, as well as setting buildings for supplies to treating animals.
Save the Ligurian Bees
About a quarter of Kangaroo Island's Ligurian Bee population has been lost in bushfires.
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Raising funds to rebuild and regenerate habitats and vegetation for surviving wildlife.
Supporting volunteer firefighters in South Australia
Vinnies Bushfire Appeal
Where can I get the most up to date information?
Country Fire Service
Daily/going incidents across South Australia. Also follow the CFS on Facebook or Twitter.
National Parks & Wildlife Services
A comprehensive list of National Park closures.
Find the latest information on road accessibility on the island.
Take a look at our 30 reasons to visit Kangaroo Island article.
Read SeaLink's media statement from the 8th January 2020.
Find key safety messages for visitors currently travelling to Kangaroo Island.
Contacts for injured wildlife on the island - Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic - Call 8553 2485 | Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park - Call 8559 6050 | Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network - Call 0477 334 898