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“Nice, personal walk”

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 26 April 2012

My daughter and I happened to be the only ones taking the walk on this one particular evening, so we got a private tour. Because I was driving a rental car, I was very, very nervous about driving the 5 minutes back to the Wilderness Retreat lodge in the dark, so our guide was accomodating and kept the walk shorter for us. We saw a few koalas and possum. It was nice just being out in nature and hearing the kookaberras at night.

The highlight was at the end, when she took us to the kangaroo area. There was a friendly kangaroo who was a regular. Our guide introduced us, and the kangaroo was nice enough to let my daughter feel the joey inside her pouch, and even take a peek inside her pouch!

Recommended for nature and animal lovers.

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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Koalas pretty much guaranteed with staff placing flags at the base of trees where koalas are snoozing. The park is very neat & tidy and the pathways wide and clear of tree debris. Would recommend a visit if you have an hour or so to burn but would rate other areas above it if stretched for time.

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

This is a must -loved all the animals but the highlight was the mother roo who wandered over to see us and invited us to see and touch the baby roo in its pouch

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Reviewed 24 March 2012

Koalas aren't that easy to find on KI so the Koala Walk is a great asset. Entry only $5 and very helpful staff.

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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Went during the day (allow an hour-ish) with our two kids (ages 3 and 5), who enjoyed finding the rocks and flags along the path that indicated when a koala had been spotted in an adjacent tree. Very helpful for the grown-ups too, since we have a track record of being terrible wildlife spotters... But our big thrill was seeing a koala at the bottom of a tree - on the ground! We've only ever seen them up trees before - and sometimes very high up so you can just see a blob... but not here. We were able to follow the koala through the reserve as it walked, bounded (who knew koalas even do that!), stopped as if to pose for photos, and then finally chose another tree and climbed on up (slowly, so we could all watch).

We were super lucky to have this experience (a week later we're still excited to remember it!) but even if you don't see koalas out of their trees the sanctuary is beautifully set up to maximize your success with spotting, and I believe their night walks are even better (with little kids this wasn't a possibility for us). There's also a surprisingly good cafe on site with fresh cakes and good coffee as well as the usual ice creams and so on. The staff were exceptionally friendly too. And don't miss going down to the Hanson Bay beach - stunning landscape, and ocean waves or a calm river mouth to choose from for swimming.

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