Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife - Wild as it should be

The 5,000 acre Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the western end of Kangaroo Island, between the Kelly Hill Caves Conservation Park and the Flinders Chase National Park.

Our own Visitor centre, completed in 2011, offers information, meals and snacks, drinks, souvenirs, and barista made coffee. Open from 8am until 6pm in Spring/Summer & April then 9am until 5pm in Autumn/Winter. We also provide catering for large groups and our own cabins at Hanson Bay Beach. The visitor centre is at the Koala Walk.


See our Dinner Menu for Friday and Saturday evenings this summer holidays


We offer guided nocturnal tours and guided and unguided daytime walks of the Sanctuary so you can experience Australian native marsupials up “close and personal”. The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is also a bird watchers paradise – with resident Blue Wrens, Scarlet Robins, Lorikeets, Crimson Rosellas, Black Cockatoos, Scrub Wrens, Bush Stone-Curlews, Crescent Honey-eaters, Banded Plovers, and Cape Barren Gees


Originally called Tandanya the sanctuary was a 10,000 acre grazing property developed by Mr Kaye Gibbs in the 1960’s. He could be considered KI’s last pioneer. Only 15% of the land was cleared in his lifetime. In 1983 he diversified away from grazing by adding cabins on the coast. In 1997 the property was sold, renamed Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and became a protected area. The Sanctuary is now 2,000 hectares in size and comprises good quality mallee woodlands and remanant grassland. It is bordered by Flinders Chase National Park on 3 sides.

The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is now primarily   providing holiday accommodation in six beachfront holiday cabins, the Koala Walk tours and nocturnal wildlife tours.

Our Visitor Centre is the hub for all our activities, including all our catering.


08 8559 7344

7797 South Coast Road
Karatta,SA, 5223

Opening Hours

Spring/ Summer 8am-6pm Daily
Friday and Saturday evening Dinners