Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
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  • Dan Z
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nocturnal tour - a night to remember
    My wife and I booked the nocturnal tour. Our tour guide, Josh, was amazing! He was enthusiastic and really knowledgeable about the animals in the sanctuary. We were fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to see two male koalas sizing each other up as well as a further six females resting amongst the trees. Truly an unforgettable experience. The set up of the tour was great - we were driven to different spots around the sanctuary and had the chance to walk amongst the animals. We learnt so much about the area and how it was affected by the bushfires in 2020 too. It was so awe inspiring to see how much the vegetation had bounced back from being practically barren after the fires. Definitely an experience worth doing if you’re down on Kangaroo Island.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Megan W.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary: A Must for Koala Seekers!
    We loved visiting Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary! We went on a morning tour of the sanctuary and saw incredible wildlife: many koalas, kangaroos, and geese. We were able to get great views of the koalas, as many were not high in the trees. Our tour guide was passionate and informative, which is the perfect combination. I highly recommend visiting the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary!
    We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for recommending the sanctuary.
    Written 17 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Coni F
    60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset tour - the highlight of our trip to Kangaroo Island!
    We booked the evening tour and found that we were the only customers and they still took us out for the full tour. Josh was our tour guide and he was amazing! Even though it ended up being just us - we never felt rushed and he showed us so many koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and Cape Barren Geese. I loved seeing the koalas so active - and in a natural setting (not a zoo)! I highly recommend this tour. We learned a lot about the bushfires and the seeing the regeneration of vegetation and about the koala management program that the sanctuary is working on with partners to ensure their health and survival. I consider that this was the highlight of our time on KI.
    Thanks for visiting. Spring is great time to visit because the koala mating season is just warming up like the weather. Glad you enjoyed your visit to KI.
    Written 17 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • saragio15
    Leeds, United Kingdom75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent wildlife tour - Highly recommend !
    We went on this tour with Josh as our guide who was highly informative about the range of wildlife on the estate, the impact of the 2020 forest fire and the regeneration efforts made since. A group of 6 of us set off with Josh on foot initially and saw about 8 Koala bears, two with their baby joeys. Josh gave us tips on how we might locate koalas in the wild by looking at markings on the bark and for fresh poo. We then set off with him in his van and saw several kangaroos, as well as cape bitten geese and black swans. He provided us with lots of information about yucca plants, the regeneration project and the scale and impact of the fire. Also info about different species of koalas and their susceptibility to certain infections. An excellent tour well worth the money
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Jules P
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant tour ! You’re guide excellent
    What a fantastic and informative tour we had. Josh the guide was great, friendly, knowledgable and funny. We saw Koalas and Joeys, kangaroos and geese. It was a great experience being so close to these beautiful creatures and to hear how the island is recovering from the dreadful fires that decimated parts of the island, the flora and fauna and the amazing wildlife. Thank you being part of making our island experience complete.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
  • Teresa D
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nocturnal tour was great
    Amazing experience with close encounters with many koala and kangaroos. Josh did a great job keeping the pace and content engaging for all ages. Beautiful sunset pictures. Highlight of our time on KI
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Heidi
    Homer, Alaska4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour on Kangaroo Island!
    Best of the best tours, especially the evening wildlife walk! SO many koalas, up close and most were awake and moving. All of the koalas I have seen are asleep in a tree, not here! The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining! Thanks, Josh!!! We saw all kinds of kangaroo, wallabies, and even an echidna. All the wildlife was close and gave us great viewing and photo opportunities. Loved my time here. I would highly recommend and do again!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 January 2024
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hamguy8
Clarkston, MI71 contributions
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We were not able to take this excursion. We arrived on the island on a cruise which docked on the opposite side of the island than the excursion meeting point. I called the excursion provider and they informed me we were 75 minutes away from the meeting point. They did not provide a pick up or any transportation. There were no taxis, Ubers or buses on the island. No refund was offered or provided by the excursion provider. Disappointing.
Written 16 April 2024
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Ramey W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The nocturnal tour was an awesome experience. The tour guide Ciara was super knowledgeable about the animals and environment, and her passion for both were evident in the way she led the tour. She helped us spot several koala, wallaby, and even an echidna, and shared details about the 2020 fire impacts and recovery. Overall excellent experience and would recommend!
Written 30 March 2024
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Sofia Vermeulen
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I wanted to do this tour for a little while as a 'local' who lives nearby. I used to run the Koala Walking Tour out of little sahara and was keen to see the difference. Off the bat the reserve is a very different location, as its a bit further west and has been affected by the fires. Our guide Ciara was lovely and knowledgable, and the tour was fun from the get go. We found cute koalas with no issue. There are heaps of grassy areas as the reserve used to be a farm, which actually attracts heaps of kangaroos! Then we hopped in a van and drove out to a field after sunset, where we met heaps of kangaroos, wallabies, and even the elusive possum. What I appreciated about this tour is that they do an indoor seminar on the fires that affected the area, showing videos of wildife and before/after photos of the fires. Very illuminating and educational, and happy I had the chance to go! It's one thing to learn about the fires, but another thing to see it.
So if you're in-between the LS or Hanson Bay koala tours, I'm of no help as they are both amazing. LS boasts a prettier walk and a land untouched by the destructive fires (so tall trees, and a chance to walk on the breathtaking sand dunes). But as they are a daytime walk, less of a chance to see other wildlife, and they don't teach about the fires as in-depth as Hanson Bay does, as Hanson bay has videos and artifacts to show (great for visual learning). Personally, as a bit of a wildife and KI fanatic, I'm happy to have done both!
Written 17 March 2024
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OxfordAardvark
Oxford, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We took the nocturnal tour as we were staying nearby, and wanted to see how the park is recovering from the fires in 2020 (we had visited before).

Our tour guide Ciara was enthusiastic and excellent, taking us through various areas, finding kangaroos, echidnas, wallabies and of course koalas. The final display of jumping from tree to tree by a baby koala will be one we remember for a long time.
Written 11 March 2024
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Anders H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Very interesting tour with friendly and knowlegable guide. We saw koalas up close and learned a lot. Highly recommended.
Written 13 February 2024
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Alan J
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The tour was part minibus, part walking. Josh the guide was extremely informative and made it a lot of fun. We learned a lot about the wildlife and we got to see things we would have probably missed. Definitely a tour worth doing and good value for money.
Written 8 February 2024
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skitrip20142014
Buckinghamshire, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great tour, booked only the night before, glad we did. You can do the trip on the way to or back from Flinders Chase National park. Very knowledgeable guide on all things koalas, kangaroos, other wild animals and the local vegetation. Saw numerous koalas, some with joeys and a large male, along with kangaroos including a rather large male. Part of the trip is done in the minibus to get you to locations, the rest on foot. At the end we were giving a very informative short talk on the fire of 4 years ago with footage, along with interesting artefact’s collected on the estate. Well worth calling in and doing.
Written 2 February 2024
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Dream03941904459
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The guide knew all about the Koalas and there beloved Trees, Kangaroos, the history of the Island and that not enough was interested in his customers!
Written 1 February 2024
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Doriane I
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great experience! Easy walk and lots of koala sightings. Guide was great. Saw also birds, kangaroos, black swans. We were there with our 23 months old and it went smoothly. Learned about the 2020 bushfires and how nature recovers! Very interesting.
Written 27 January 2024
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Claimat
Norwich, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It was a very special experience to join the nocturnal tour at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. We saw koalas, kangaroos, black swans and wallabies (and a possum as we we leaving the park) and Josh’s knowledge and enthusiasm made the tour (on foot and by vehicle), enjoyable and enlightening. More than that though, was the privilege of being in the park, as the sun set, and learning about the devastation caused by the great bush fire - but also how the wildlife and plants are recovering. Visit this great place and help to be part of this regeneration.
Written 24 January 2024
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