Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : 2018-2019 Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
FIRE DANGER During the Fire Danger Season, usually from 1 December to 30 April, there are strict conditions for lighting any fire, including a campfire. On Total Fire Ban Days all fires are banned. Avoid severe penalties by checking www.cfs.sa.gov.au before lighting any fires. On days of high fire danger where high temperatures, wind and low humidity are forecast, know your risk and what you need to do to stay safe in the event of a fire. You can stay informed when travelling on days of high fire danger by: • Visiting www.cfs.sa.gov.au • Checking Facebook @CountryFireService or Twitter @CFSAlerts • Listening to a battery powered radio Monitor the daily weather forecast and Fire Danger Ratings and listen for warning messages from the CFS on your local radio station. Further bushfire safety information is available by contacting the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 (TTY 13 36 77) or visit www.cfs.sa.gov.au EMERGENCY BROADCASTING ABC broadcasts official warnings from emergency agencies at regular intervals on ABC Radio, ABC News 24 and via Twitter @abcemergency. For local ABC Radio frequencies, phone 13 99 94 or go to www.abc.net.au/emergency ABC Adelaide is broadcast on 891AM, digital radio www.abc.net.au/radio and is also available via the ABC Radio Mobile app. KEEP OUR VINES AND WINES SAFE South Australia has some of the oldest winegrape vines in the world. Your shoes and clothing can pick up and spread pests and diseases, including phylloxera. Please don’t walk amongst our vines. Help protect the vines that make our special wines. For more information about vineyard biosecurity, visit www.vinehealth.com.au KEEP SOUTH AUSTRALIA FRUIT FLY FREE South Australia is the only mainland state to be fruit fly free. To keep our state fruit fly free, fresh fruit and fruiting vegetables cannot be carried from interstate into South Australia. If you are travelling anywhere from interstate with fruit or vegetable produce, eat it or bin it before entering the state. Fines may apply. For further information, phone the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010 or visit www.pir.sa.com.au/fruitfly QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS Kangaroo Island has strict quarantine measures to ensure the future survival of agriculture and the environment. The following cannot be brought onto the Island: bees and honey, potatoes for consumption (unless they have been washed or brushed free of soil and are in new packaging) or planting, declared weeds, vines and vine cuttings, foxes, ferrets, deer and all rabbits. Severe penalties apply. Before arriving on Kangaroo Island, be sure to clean camping gear and hiking boots to prevent the invasion of weed seeds. HEARTSAFE KI HeartSafeKI have joined the global ‘HeartSafe communities’ movement and are developing a network of Public Access Defibrillators (AED’s) and training for residents. The map in their advert on page 6 shows some of the AED locations. Visit Facebook.com/heartsafeki for the most up-to-date list of locations. In the event of an emergency, dial 000. SHOPPING AND DINING Kangaroo Island’s towns have limited shopping facilities. With only a small population, the Island doesn’t have huge variety or big shopping malls that you may be used to. There are supermarkets in Kingscote and Penneshaw that carry a great range of products, with first-rate smaller stores in places like Parndana and American River where you can purchase your essentials. Likewise, Kangaroo Island doesn’t have a large number of restaurants or cafés but the few places on offer have great menus, wonderful local produce and service with a smile. 77 tourkangarooisland.com.au WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Travel safe in bushfire areas. Know your fire risk, listen to local radio and check daily Fire Danger Ratings at cfs.sa.gov.au New Year’s Day Monday 1 January Australia Day Friday 26 January March Public Holiday Monday 12 March Good Friday Friday 30 March Easter Monday Monday 2 April ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April Queen’s Birthday Monday 11 June Labour Day Monday 1 October Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Proclamation Day Wednesday 26 December 2018 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Term 1 29 January–13 April Term 2 30 April–6 July Term 3 23 July–28 September Term 4 15 October–14 December 2018 SCHOOL TERMS PETS Pets are not allowed in national or conservation parks on Kangaroo Island. While there is a boarding kennel on the Island and a few accommodation houses that will allow pets, it’s recommended that pets be left in care at home. If you bring your cat or dog, they need to be registered with Kangaroo Island Council on arrival.