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Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island (KI) is a unique place with diverse natural habitats and is home to numerous species and ecological communities found nowhere else on earth. This thriving landscape underpins the health and well‑being of the island’s community, and a range of industries, with primary production, commercial fishing, and nature-based and farm-based tourism making up around 90% of the gross regional product.

Kangaroo Island (KI) lies approximately 15 kilometres off the Fleurieu Peninsula in southern South Australia. The island covers an area of 4,370 square kilometres and is home to approximately 4,980 people who reside primarily in the four townships, the largest being Kingscote. The island welcomes more than 160,000 visitors each year, one third of whom are international guests.

KI was heavily impacted by the bushfires in the summer of 2019-2020 with 212,000 ha, nearly half of KI being burnt. Helping the island, habitat, wildlife and communities across the island recover from the bushfires is a core element of the Landscape Board’s priorities.