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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife conservancy with stunning ocean front accommodation located on Kangaroo Island.

Welcome to Hanson Bay wildlife sanctuary

The 5000 acre Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the western end of Kangaroo Island, between the Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park and the Flinders Chase National Park. It is bordered by over 100,000 acres of protected wilderness lands and the Great Southern Ocean. It is the gateway to South Australia’s most iconic wilderness area and is connected to the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail which creates walking access to Remarkable Rocks. Pristine beaches,spectacular coastline,old growth maritime bushland and forest plus abundant wildlife combine to make this area one of Australia’s most awe inspiring places.

We are pleased to offer you six self contained cabins, four log  and two modern. All have truly spectacular wilderness views of the beautiful turquoise waters of Hanson Bay. The cabins can be used on a hike in hike out basis as Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail accomodation. There are 2 cafes and a restaurant (bookings essential) within 10-15 minutes drive. Pre packed gourmet meals can also be ordered at time of booking.

The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its abundant native bird and animal wildlife. Australian wildlife is predominantly nocturnal so it is most active between dusk and dawn.During your visit  you will encounter  Australian native animals such as Koalas, Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, Possums and Echidnas. It has possibly the worlds most prolific populations of Rosenburg Goanna, Short beaked Echidna (the world oldest mammal) and Bush Stone Curlew. Our Koala Walk is open every day for Koala viewing and is recognised as the best place on Kangaroo Island to see a sustainable population of Koalas in the wild.

We offer guided nocturnal tours and guided and unguided daytime walks of the Sanctuary so you can experience Australian native marsupials up “close and personal”. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is also a bird watchers paradise – with resident Blue Wrens, Scarlet Robins, Lorikeets, Crimson Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, Scrub Wrens, Bush Stone-Curlews, Crescent Honey-eaters, Banded Plovers, and Cape Barren Geese.


Guided Tours at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Come on any of our TOURS to explore the many wonders of another world. Discover and learn about Kangaroo Island’s wildlife. We are the best place on K I to see a sustainable population of Koalas in the wild. This is an absolute must for international visitors! Expect 25-40 koalas at any time. Kangaroo Island’s “Zoo without fences” is at it’s best right here for you to experience…WILD & FREE… For multi day walking trips please go to the Walking Trips page under About Hanson Bay


Hanson Bay Cabins

We are pleased to offer you a choice of six self-contained beach side cabins located 100 metres from a safe swimming beach and only a short distance from the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Each cabin features picture windows and spectacular ocean views of the rugged coast and Southern Ocean. Please select on the photos above to see more. There are four  log cabins and two modern. The cabins are located at the end of Hanson Bay Road 3.5 km from the highway near Southern Ocean Lodge and Flinders Chase National Park. Each cabin has a slow combustion wood fire.

Specials/Notes. Please check availability on line and then if it is your first visit contact us via email or phone to discuss details especially travel arrangements and check in. We can book ferry tickets and have local knowledge regarding driving conditions and air and ferry. First time visitors under estimate the size of KI. We are only 60 minutes from the airport during daylight but up to 90 if driving near or after dark. Note all cabin guests receive complimentary access to nearly 2.5 days of the KI wilderness trail plus the sanctuary koala walk.

Hike in hike out. From the cabins take the private beach track until it connects with the KI Wilderness trail. It is a beautiful 14km (one way) walk to Remarkable Rocks via Cape Younghusband.

Food options. Don’t want to cook. No problem we can supply prepared meals. There are also 2 cafes and a restaurant (bookings essential) within a 10-15 minute drive. Please contact us for details.

Rainwater. All our beach side cabins run on rainwater and we ask that guest keep this in mind and use water responsibly.


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