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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: 7797 South Coast Rd, Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 8 8559 7344
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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USD 289.95*
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Kangaroo Island 4WD Full-Day Tour - Flinders Chase National Park

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Well Managed Wildlife Experience

As locals we utilised a stay at Vivonne Bay to drop into south coast attractions we hadnt yet visited. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a 'must see' for tourists. The cafe is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As locals we utilised a stay at Vivonne Bay to drop into south coast attractions we hadnt yet visited. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is a 'must see' for tourists. The cafe is comfortable, menu choices were delicious and service couldnt be faulted'. The two walks we did delivered on wildlife promises with Koalas, Kangaroos and several wedge tail eagles and... More 

Thank FineArtKI
Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good self guided tours. Needs a bit of ajustment and patience to see the koalas in the trees - but they are definitely there. Lost time when observing a mother and child.

Thank Tigirb
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spotted numerous wallabies and kangaroos but after seeing just one koala cross the road prior to our stopping at the wildlife sanctuary, we were hoping to get some pictures of koalas - we were not disappointed. We did the walk and found plenty to view and take pictures of. We were there at the end of their day and... More 

Thank Wanderlust34212
Hallett Cove, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stopped by at the cafe for coffees en route to Flinders Chase. Sat outside amongst the beautiful trees and a couple of koalas were easy to spot. Thought about the koala walk but it was very hot and we didn't have time - will return next time though. Several wallabies and roos lounging around the grounds too. A very peaceful... More 

Thank DML
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Just within a couple of hundred meters from the parking place you are almost guaranteed to have some Close Encounters with wild Koals which roan freely and are used to human visitors, so they are not shy. Listen to mating adults, watch the cubs with their mothers and simply enjoy.

Thank Florian254
Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

We called into the Hanson Bay Sanctuary for lunch. A basic menu but good enough! We had a look at the koalas and then went for the Wallaby Walk, which was probably better than the koala trees. Wallabies and kangaroos and an informative self-guided info sheet to go with it. This part of the Sanctuary was good, but I feel... More 

Thank conatus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

It was such a treat to see koalas and some kangaroos/wallabies in their natural habitat. We were super lucky and saw some momma and baby koalas sitting in trees and a mom and Joey roo. So cute. Definitely recommend.

Thank Dancingforlife2
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

The wildlife sanctuary has Koalas and wallabies. We found few koalas on the tree, however limited wallabies. Not really worth $9pp cost. Not much to see.

Thank Nicky H
KANGAROOS10, Owner at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thankyou for visiting. We are so sorry that you did not see much wildlife. The wildlife retreats to cool shady places in the middle of a really hot day. You just need more patience to find them. To ensure satisfaction on the few really hot days we suggest visiting early or late in the day. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

See Koalas in the trees and the Kangaroos eating grass. We also saw some Wallabys. Great picture opportunities.

Thank Jubutld
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Great place to see koala's in the wild. Easy walk and make sure to look high up in the trees as well. They camouflage really well. We were lucky enough to see a mom help her baby up to some green leaves. Amazing experience.

Thank LindiLB

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