We stayed at Stormy Petrel cabin for just 2 nights in August.
The weather wasn't brilliant for the duration of our stay but still the location is stunning. To lie in bed hearing the sea crashing on the nearby rocks was just great!
The cabins are fairly basic but have everything we needed and we were there for the location and experience and not all the comforts of home. It was perfectly adequate for us - 2 adults and 2 children.
As soon as we arrived we were greeted by two large kangaroos (who semed to like to lurk by the washing lines behind the cabin) and we had regular visitors in a little wallaby, some magpies and a possum each night.
We did the koala walk during the day and also did the nightime walk which was great. We learned a lot- saw lots of koalas, kangaroos and possums - and it was a lovely clear night so a good chance to see all the stars too!
It is only a short drive to Flinders Chase (Admirals Arch, Remarkable Rocks etc) - the Finders Chase area was badly affect by fires at the end of 2007 - which we werent aware of before we went - so a lot of walks were closed while we were there and there was very little wildlife to be found - but it was fascinating to see how the trees and plants were growing back and starting again.
We stayed two nights in Penneshaw and 2 nights here and felt it gave us a really good chance to see as much on the island as possible in 4 days. We loved the Little Penguins near Penneshaw, the Pelicans at Kingscote, Willoughby Lighthouse, antechamber bay, between the two we did Seal Bay (although as it was cold and windy we saw very few seals here - we saw far more around Admirals Arch) Vivonne Bay, We visited Little Sahara and tried a toboggan down the dunes (only really works in the summer I think!) and then we also did Flinders chase with Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and the koalas at Hanson BAy sanctuary - a real fun packed time. Our children (10 and 12) still look at the 4 days on Kangaroo Island as one of the best bits of our 5 week trip!
On main tip - we were tol that although many roads were unsealed a normal car was fine! We are so glad that we ignored this and took a 4x4 - in winter the roads were very pot holed - a very interesting experience!! - I have included a photo of one of the roads!
Hansons Bay is a great location and we thoroughly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are pleased to offer you a choice of six self-contained beach side cabins for your next holiday at beautiful Hanson Bay on Kangaroo Island. Each log cabin features picture windows and spectacular ocean views of the rugged coast and Southern Ocean. The Hanson Bay cabins overlook the pristine beach and sparkling waters of Hanson Bay. They are ideally positioned to capture the wonderful cooling sea breezes during summer, while the slow combustion wood fire ensures that your are warm and snug during the cooler months. Each self contained holiday cabin contains two bedrooms, a bathroom, and open plan kitchen and living areas. Each cabin features slate floors, electric oven/cooker, refrigerator and a shared laundry. Fully equipped kitchen and full linen are supplied. The main bedroom features a double bed and built-in robes. The second bedroom is equipped with two single beds. An extra single bed, cot and high chair are available if required. There is also a BBQ (barbecue) and a deck area available. Birds during the day and abundant wildlife at night make this a very popular holiday destination for nature lovers. Hanson Bay is also a fantastic location for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, bushwalking or just relaxing. Bring your swimming gear, fishing rods, bicycles and comfortable walking shoes to make the most of your escape to Hanson Bay. There are also plenty of fascinating places to visit nearby. A short drive from the Hanson Bay Holiday Cabins will take you to Kelly Hill Caves, Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Platypus Walks. Those staying in the cabins receive free access to our Koala Walk - as well as a discounted entry fees to our Nocturnal Walks. Hanson Bay Sanctuary now has its new visitor centre and cafe, At the Koala Walk, 7km from the cabins (yes, its a large property!) we are open for food, drinks, coffee, souvenirs or just a chat from 8am till after the nocturnal tour. 10pm in summer. We also sell bread and milk, and regularly organise provisions for visiting guests by prior arrangement. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hanson Bay Cabins Kangaroo Island, Australia