Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is located on 3,845 hectares on the south west of Kangaroo Island, between Flinders Chase National Park and Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park. The Sanctuary has a 100 hectare fully fenced predator-free area to protect local wildlife. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary used to be farmland, and is now a protected area with mallee, woodlands and paddocks.
The Sanctuary offers several styles of holiday accommodation. There are six self-contained holiday cabins near the beach with spectacular views of Hanson Bay. The Sanctuary Homestead is a large farmhouse surrounded by bushland that accommodates larger families or groups with up to fourteen people. Budget accommodation is also available in the Backpackers Lodge.
The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is home to Australian native animals such as Kangaroos, Koalas, Possums, Tammar Wallabies and Echidnas. The Koala Walk is one of the best places on Kangaroo Island to see Koalas in their natural habitat in the wild. You can expect to see between fifteen and twenty Koalas at any one time. The Nature Trail round the Sanctuary takes around ninety minutes, but if you are a keen photographer or nature observer, it might take you a lot longer.
You can take yourself on a self guided tour of the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Nocturnal Walks are offered where you go out at night with an experienced guide in the predator-free fenced area to see animals such as Koalas, Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroos, Bats, Echidnas, Possums, Bush Stone-Curlews. Nocturnal Walks are available every night. Nocturnal Driving Tours are also available where you can take a spotlight drive to the far end of the property with an experienced guide. This is a good alternative to the Nocturnal Walk for visitors with limited mobility.
Other nature based activities include fishing from the sandy beach, diving for crayfish, or walking in the bush. There are plenty other Kangaroo Island sightseeing opportunities easily accessible from Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary including the magnificent Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Caves, Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch just a short drive away.
The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a top spot for bird watchers with Scarlet Robins, Blue Wrens, Lorikeets, Black Cockatoos, Crimson Rosellas, Bush Stone-Curlews, Scrub Wrens, Crescent Honey-eaters and Cape Barren Geese.
The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is about 140km from Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. It is off the South Coast Road between Kelly Hill Caves and the Flinders Chase National Park in the south western corner of Kangaroo Island. The Hanson Bay beachside holiday cabins are signposted on the South Coast Road just 5 kilometres after the Kelly Hill Caves. The Hanson Bay Sanctuary entrance is situated 8.5 kilometres west from the Kelly Hill Caves.