Hanson Bay is a surfer’s paradise, with two beaches east of the river mouth that are great for surfing. The best season to take to these waters is anytime during the winter.
These beaches are exposed to dangerous rips which can make the waters challenging to negotiate, so Hanson Bay is ideally suited to very experienced surfers. If you are a beginner, you will find Vivonne Bay a lot safer and more accommodating.
The small, remote area of Hanson Bay has a distinct wild beauty, with its white sand and blue waters that are typical of Kangaroo Island’s beaches. In addition to surfing, this is a wonderful spot to go fishing. The bay is only accessible via West River Road, which is unsealed.
Be mindful sharks and rocks.