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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
7797 South Coast Rd, Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
+61 8 8559 7344
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place to see kowola bears in their own habitat. You walk through the sanctuary looking for them and taking pictures while listening to birds singing.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well, not really, but it felt like it. It’s amazing to see them in their natural state, in a preserved habitat, with minimal predators. They just...do their thing and don’t worry about us. We did the nocturnal tour during cool and windy weather (15 C),...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my sister here who was visiting from the UK and spent a couple of hours doing the walk. We did the self guided walk and were lucky to find at least 18 koalas up in the trees. Would love to do the nocturnal tour...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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jlou-12, Owner at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Tracy thankyou for visiting. Sorry you did not have time to do a nocturnal tour. Hanson Bay is like a night club! Things really start hopping when the sun goes down!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we arrived later in the afternoon- too hot for the Koala walk, we were told, and very glad to be told. Instead we had a really lovely lunch of toasted focaccia sandwiches out on the veranda. A beautiful spot. I wished we had time to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We did the nocturnal tour and were in a group of 7. Unfortunately it was a bit chilly and drizzly so not conducive to animal spotting. We saw plenty of kangaroo wallaby and koala and a few possum but we had also hoped to see...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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jlou-12, Owner at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2018

Thanks for visiting. I am sorry that the tour was unable to exceed your expectations. We are well known for our abundant and diverse wildlife but cannot do much about the weather. We regularly see multiple echidna, occassionally see owls and seldom see bandicoots on...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

We chose to do the nocturnal tour for something different and fun for the kids. It was a bit odd having a Canadian tour guide take us on an Aussie tour but she was great. My 5 yr old got a bit tired towards the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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jlou-12, Owner at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Thank you for your visit and for your compliments about the "Canadian" guide. Your guide was Kelli and she is actually from Delaware in USA. She has a Batchelor of Environmental Science and also spent a year doing field work (research) in the Costa Rican...More

Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Sorry for late review as visited in May 2017 as part of a 2 day tour of Kangaroo Island. Saw lots and lots of koalas up in the trees (some awake and some asleep) and took some great photos of them. We love koalas so...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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KANGAROOS10, Manager at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Better late than never!!! Thank you for your review. We have worked hard on our little cafe side of things and i think you'd be pleasantly surprised these days. Come back anytime to check on us again. Kind Regards, Kelly

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

The food wasn’t great and it cost a lot to go and see the koalas in the trees which we could see whilst eating out lunch. Average service and not very good coffee. Needs a revampMore

Date of experience: August 2018
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jlou-12, Owner at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Thanks for visiting. I am sorry that you find A$10 (US$7.10 or Euro 6.10) a high price to pay to enter the sanctuary. Some stay just 1 hour but many stay for half a day or longer admiring the beauty and the chance wildlife encounters...More

Reviewed September 30, 2018

This is a beautiful spot, so rich and green when I visited. Plenty of koalas to see as well as wallabys in the open fields. The walk away from the cafe was just lovely, with lots of trees, natural stream and wallabys to see. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

The perfect way to experience wildlife with the most passionate staff you find. Enjoyable for ages and we can't recommend it enough.

Date of experience: August 2018
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jlou-12, Owner at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

Thanks for visiting and for recognising our abundant wildlife.

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Bec G
July 9, 2018|
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Response from jlou-12 | Property representative |
We have abundant wildlife.... 500-1000 kangaroos, 5000+ wallabies, 50-100 koalas, tens of thousands of birds but you cannot pet or feed any of them because everything is wild! Everything becomes highly visible toward sunset... More
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September 14, 2017|
Response fromLoki_crazycat|
I don't know if it's just me, but I'm having trouble understanding your times. Eg - day 1, driving from the honey farm to Kingscote, 11.30am to 12.57pm. Is this just a range, so that you leave after 11.30 but arrive before 12.57?? It won't take you 1 hour 27 minutes to drive 24km. Also, day 5 at FCNP, then day 6 you are retracing your route back to FCNP to visit AA and RR. You'd be much better off booking a night's accommodation at the western end of the island.
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May 21, 2018|
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I'm assuming you are staying overnight in VH, not Adelaide on the Monday?? So...where are you sleeping on Monday night? In your car in the carpark at Admiral's Arch? In June?? You have too much planned for Tuesday. We did pretty much the same last December - left in the morning from Admiral's Arch, did Hanson Bay but not the wildlife park, then visited Kelly Hill Caves and Vivonne Bay. By the time we got to Seal Bay it was 3pm. No time for Raptor Domain. Recommend you do Raptor Domain...More
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May 17, 2017|
Response fromSusan M|
Hi Andrew - I think I posted a link to a map showing sealed roads on KI in your other thread. Also, I'd suggest mapping out potential routes on google maps - you can also do a street view of the road to see exactly what type of surface it is. That's how I was able to determine where we could/couldn't go (although I did ask here specifically about Cape Willoughby and received replies ... but your list is quite long.) For timing, add about 20% to google times and you should be OK.