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Hanson Bay Holiday Accommodation and Wildlife SanctuaryEdit

Hello, and welcome to the Hanson Bay Holiday Accommodation and Wildlife Sanctuary web site!

The 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. It is ideally located to offer you the opportunity to enjoy the world famous and unique natural environment of Kangaroo Island.

We are pleased to offer you a range of holiday accommodation to suit every budget. We have the Hanson Bay Cabins - a choice of six self-contained beach-side holiday cabins with truly spectacular views of the beautiful turquoise waters of Hanson Bay. We also have the Farmhouse Hostel available - which is a spacious farmhouse nestled in a pretty native bush setting.

The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its abundant native bird and animal wildlife. During your stay at the Sanctuary you will have every opportunity to enjoy the best of Australian native animals such as Koalas, Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies, Possums and Echidnas. Our Koala Walk is open every day for Koala viewing and is recognised as the best place on Kangaroo Island to see a sustainable population of Koalas in the wild.

We offer nocturnal driving tours and guided 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 Geese.

You will never run out of things to do during your holiday at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. You can swim in the bay, fish from the sandy beach, dive for crayfish, surf the waves, or go for a nature hike in the bush. You will also discover numerous other sightseeing opportunities and interesting places to visit within easy reach of your holiday accommodation at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The western end of Kangaroo Island abounds in large tracts of natural bush, many varieties of native animals and birds, as well as spectacular coastlines and sandy beaches. Whatever your interest, you will find plenty to do on your next holiday at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy!

Volunteering at Hanson Bay Wildlife SanctuaryEdit

Kangaroo Island is considered to be " Australia 's Galapagos" and has been voted the fifth best island in the world and best island destination in the Asia-Pacific region. The Island is home to; sea lions, fur seals, endemic kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, platypus, goannas, 255 bird species (many rare or endangered), possums, bandicoots and whales, which pass by the island in winter.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary gives volunteers the opportunity to have hands on experience in Eco-tourism and daily interaction with many of the species listed above. You will have the chance to work at the largest privately owned conservation property on Kangaroo Island which covers 9,500 acres and has 14km of pristine coastline . You will enjoy a variety of experiences, which will include mingling with international guests, working with wildlife and restoration of habitat.

In October 1998, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary was added to The Register of the National Estate and details of the property can be viewed on-line at the Australian Heritage Database.

Our animals live free in their natural habitat and environment. The animals are unafraid and visitors can experience wildlife 'very close'. Nocturnal tours are conducted each evening to give visitors to the Island that ultimate wildlife experience.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary hosts travellers from all over the world to be part of our volunteer program. Volunteers finish the program having achieved great satisfaction with their individual contribution towards the Sanctuary and its efforts to save endangered species.

Program Description for Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary VolunteersEdit

Volunteering activities may include

  • Planting trees and shrubs
  • Conservation work
  • Maintaining paths
  • Painting
  • Maintaining vegetable garden
  • Firewood collection
  • Assisting with cleaning and laundry
  • Fence maintenance
  • Monitoring Koalas
  • Maintaining bird feeding areas
  • Feeding of Kangaroos and Wallabies
  • Assisting with tourists/visitors
  • Participating in Guided tours
  • Weed control
  • Assist in survey and monitoring of animals


Volunteers eat well at Hanson Bay . Your hosts are very good cooks. The meals are always generous and tasty. Most evenings you will dine with your hosts depending on their workload. Volunteers are responsible for the preparation of their own breakfast and lunch in their own kitchen. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary supplies a bountiful hamper for these meals


Volunteers will have their own lockable bedroom at our Volunteer Accommodation with all linen supplied. It is a great roomy location with a large lounge/dining/kitchen area and a share bathroom. There are plenty of DVD's, books, and magazines to choose from. Please select here for more details on the volunteer accommodation.

It has an outside BBQ and dining area with plenty of wildlife nearby and just 200 metres from the Manager's residence.

What to Bring

  • Clothing suitable for both hot and cold conditions
  • Work clothing
  • Work Shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Sun Hat
  • Warm hat
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathers and towel
  • Hiking or good walking shoes.

The weather is variable on the Island , nights can be cool, days can be warm, we encourage volunteers to come prepared for both summer and winter conditions.

Free Time

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is in close proximity to Flinders Chase National Park , Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and Kelly Hill Caves . Hanson Bay wildlife Sanctuary is also very close to a breathtakingly beautiful beach where you can either swim or fish. Bush walking is also very popular with various trails nearby. Volunteers are encouraged to visit all of these wonderful sights. Mountain bikes are provided for volunteer use.

Once a week there is an optional trip to Kingscote to reacquaint with civilisation, shops, cafe's, galleries, etc.

Free Time activities that can be arranged at your cost could include.

Program Details for Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary VolunteersEdit

Program Cost Includes

  • Free pickup from Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
  • All Meals
  • Accommodation
  • All Linen
  • Use of Mountain Bikes
  • Volunteer T shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement


  • Volunteers receive a tour to Flinders Chase National Park

Program Cost per Volunteer

  • 2 weeks AUD$ 998.00
  • Extra weeks are AUD$499.00

Program Cost Does Not Include

  • Flights
  • Ferry and connections to & from Adelaide & Kingscote, Kangaroo Island
  • Travel Insurance - Must have full working holiday insurance cover


We can also accommodate volunteer groups and that become involved in larger project activities. Please contact us for more details.

Please select on the following links for more information about volunteering at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Transport for Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary VolunteersEdit

Adelaide To Kingscote

The Sealink company provides a daily shuttle bus from Adelaide to Cape Jervis where the Sealink Ferry takes you to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island . Sealink then provides another bus from Penneshaw to Kingscote.

If you prefer to fly, there are also direct flights from Adelaide Airport to Kingscote airport daily.

Transport To and From Hanson Bay :

All volunteers are picked up by the Hanson Bay Staff from the main town of Kingscote Normally, this will be either a Thursday or Friday. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is 100km from Kingscote. On your departure from Hanson Bay you will be taken back into the township of Kingscote either on Thursday or Friday.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Contact DetailsEdit

If you would like more information about holiday accommodation or wildlife tours at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, please use our booking enquiry form or the contact details below.

Managers: James and Natalie Tomlinson
Address: PO Box 614, Kingscote, South Australia, 5223
Telephone: +61 8 8559 7344
Facsimile: +61 8 8559 7303
ABN: 76 148 391 086
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