Sanctuary Honey

Our production of honey started in 2010 to help raise money for conservation and rescue projects for fauna and flora on the property. Hanson Bay honey is produced from stationary hives in a 20,000 acre foraging area which is 90% old growth native woodlands 10% native grassland. Hanson Bay is situated in a corridor of 80,000 hectares of conserved land on Kangaroo Island consideredAustralia’s Galapagos.

All our honey is certified NASAA organic

Sugar Gum (Eucalyptus Cladocalyx) produced between January – March. Flowers annually. This is a tall tree that is home to the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo and produces sweet extra light honey.

Cup Gum (Eucalyptus Cosmophylla) produced between March – June. Cup Gum flowers heavily in alternate years. This is a small rugged tree with large cream flowers that produces a light delicate honey.

Eucalypt (Eucalyptus Diversifolia) produced between August – November. Flowers  annually. This tree is also known as South Australian coastal mallee. It grows to 6 metres tall and produces a highly perfumed heavily laden cream flower.


It is not widely know that Kangaroo Island is the oldest bee sanctuary in the world and is home to a ligurian bee stock. The isolation has also enabled the bees to remain free of bee diseases present on the mainland, so no antibiotics or other chemicals are used in apiary management.

The bees on the island a completely free of disease and to keep it disease free we ask that you do not bring the following products or items to Kangaroo Island;

  • honey

  • any bees (dead or alive)

  • beehives

  • used beekeeping equipment

  • pollen

  • beeswax

  • any hive products


There are two additional varieties, Kangaroo Island Narrowleaf Mallee that flowers on a 7 year cycle and Brown Stringybark, on a 5 year average cycle.  We do not currently hold sufficient of either of these for export.

More Information

For further information on quarantine, contact the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board, Phone (08) 8553 4300