Fires Devastate much of Kangaroo Island
We really are humbled by the prayers & concern received from friends, family, visitors & customers worldwide, we really appreciate you all.
We are still here! We are open for business! We are one of the lucky ones! ❤ Our families, staff, homes, our business & our trees are all safe. We are devastated by the impact the fires have had & will have on our community, parks, farmers, businesses & wildlife. 😢Our hearts go out to all that have had losses 😢
We thank you for your continued support of our products and ‘Kangaroo Island. We all need it to help rebuild what we once had on our beautiful island.
As a result of the Kangaroo Island bushfires that started on the 3rd January, 2020, nearly half of our Island has been affected. Its devastating for all of us in many different ways. For our business without visitors our staff have lost there jobs 🙁 We are hurting! So if you are looking for a way that you can help us and others, you can purchase our products online here.
This link will take you to more of our producers on Kangaroo Island and their online shops if you would like to support them.
We are Australia’s third largest island so we still have so many beautiful untouched places that are all waiting to be enjoyed.
Our community is open for business and eager to share its treasures; touch nature at our iconic Seal Bay, Raptor Domain Birds of Prey, and KI Wildlife Park. Swim with the dolphins or visit our wineries in Kingscote, Cygnet River and on the Dudley Peninsula who always have a glass at the ready. Our world famous Kangaroo Island Oysters are available for tasting at American River and can be finished off with the most wonderful honey ice cream at Cliffords Honey Farm. Our Eucalyptus Distillery of course and you can also taste our neighbors award winning cider here as well, and you can also go quad biking or fat biking.
Our main townships: Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote, Parndana, Stokes Bay, Emu Bay on the North Coast through to Vivonne Bay on the South Coast remain unaffected. The same can be said for everything to the East. The Kingscote precinct and the Dudley Peninsula has a lot to offer. The beaches in all of these areas are stunning.
Total area impacted on by the Kangaroo Island fire 2nd February 2020 Bushfire situation
We are so grateful for the heroic efforts of our firefighters and the many volunteers working relentlessly to help others, and the many amazing acts of kindness coming from people, charities and companies locally and overseas, it is truly humbling. We are so grateful to the amazing people that volunteered to be in such horrible conditions, and while we are safe, we grieve the losses our beautiful island home has sustained.
The Ravine fire destroyed 85 houses and many more properties, 6 major tourism businesses were also destroyed. Crews are still monitoring the eastern fire edge. 210,000ha burnt, A 638km fire perimeter and an non active continuous fire edge of over 58km. Approximately 420 personnel on the ground across all agencies. At its peak there were about 388 firefighters, 77 firetrucks currently on the fire ground, and 350 Defence personnel, huge!
To keep you informed with whats happening on Kangaroo Island at anytime, The Islander Facebook page updated by the editor Stan is fantastic!
If you are wanting to donate to help the Kangaroo Island Community, you can do so below here are the 3 major ones:-
THE KANGAROO ISLAND MAYORS BUSHFIRE APPEAL FUND. The money raised through the Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire appeal will go directly into the hands of islanders that need it most. This will help those directly impacted by the devastation caused by the fires and will help them face each new day with financial assistance to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. This is the official donation appeal for Kangaroo Island. BSB: 105 094, Account Number: 035 680 540, Account Name: Mayoral Bushfire fund, For international deposits, enter Swift Code: SGBLAU2S. Message from our Mayor as people wanting to donate are concerned where there money will go.
We have also had customers wanting to donate directly to the “Kangaroo Island CFS”, going to the firefighters and volunteers. You can also do this here St George Bank BSB 105 094, ACC 36122 0440, Swift Code: SGBLAU2S
and for Wildlife to the “Kangaroo Island Wildlife Network”, BSB 015 600 ACC 338361276, Swift Code: SGBLAU2S
These Government websites are up to date and handy if you would like more information about Kangaroo Island.
Im leaving you will one of my favorite beaches on KI that has not been touched by the fires and still looks just like this, there is many more to see as well 🙂
So don’t be a stranger – come and discover our beautiful Island, sample our way of life and chat with our passionate community, we would love to see you! Find out what Kangaroo Island tourism businesses are open here.
Warm regards Bev