Despite being born and raised in Australia and living here my whole life, I have seen very few koalas in the wild. I would go so far as to say that I have seen more koalas in zoos and wildlife sanctuary’s than I have ever seen in the wild! And of all the times I have seen a koala they have always been sleeping in a tree, never moving.

However, on Kangaroo Island we not only saw more koalas then we ever have before, but we also saw a koala jump down from a tree, cross the road, climb over a fence and stroll away. It was the most exciting moment ever!

The Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is the best place on Kangaroo Island to see a sustainable population of koalas in the wild. During the day you can take a self-guided tour of the sanctuary or there is also an option to take a guided nocturnal tour at night.

There is a visitor centre that offers information, meals, snacks, drinks, souvenirs and gifts. You can also see many different types of native birds who call Hanson Bay their home.

Read more: Where To Hug A Koala In Australia

Hanson Bay is in a great location on the island. Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary offers six beachfront holiday cabins if you wanted to sleep right near the koalas or you can grab a spot at Western KI Caravan Park right across the road (that’s where we stayed!). For more information on Hanson Bay and the Wildlife Sanctuary you can check out their website here.

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary 
7797 South Coast Road 
Kangaroo Island, South Australia 

Read more: Everything You Need To Know About Kangaroo Island

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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