We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Professional photos
Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat
View Map
{"widget":{"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"name":"ibex_photo_carousel"},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

176 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 162: English reviews
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We stayed 2 nights in one of their bungalows and I can't think of anything wrong to say about this place. It is really lovely! Clean, well equipped bungalows, very well maintained property and very friendly owner. We did not have a car but rented bicycles to get around, it was very easy!

Thank dolphin27
Level Contributor
60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I've seen a lot of this world and this place really stands out as something special. The spacious lodges are right on the lake and from morning to night you can get up close and friendly with ducks, water hens, ibises and turtles. The friendly owner, Jason will give you proper food for the animals. It's a beautiful retreat and... More 

Thank W3103IDjenniferc
Brisbane Region, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 26 September 2016

The location of this establishment is good, after that its all down hill. Out dated décor dinner ware that didn't match, limited wine glasses and cutlery. An air conditioner that didn't work correctly.

Thank Terez65
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This place has everything you need, it is close to everything, has a pool, is clean and friendly. In the middle of nature with turtles everywhere it is the ideal place to stay. 10/10 would stay again!!!!!!M

Thank XAndERcHesT37
Woodhall Spa, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We stayed for three nights and were pleased with our choice. The cabins are quite tired, but clean and in a lovely peaceful setting in Hervey Bay. Check-in was very friendly and we were recommended a nearby child-friendly restaurant. There is a fridge and microwave in the cabin and a shared bbq outside, so you could cook if you wanted.... More 

Thank KatB307
Level Contributor
41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The family bungalow we had was full equipped and big enough for the 4 of us. The balcony was just beside the lake and the water turtles have been spotting us. A real bird sanctuary and a very peaceful place. Just loved it.

Thank allemandperdu
Bundaberg, Australia
Level Contributor
35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Spent two nights in July - lovely clean self-contained detached lakeside unit. Convenient walk to beach, club restaurant and shops. Proprietor Jason was extremely helpful and accommodating and the price exceptionally good. Not a brand-new unit, but well-furnished with comfortable beds and spotless linen; airconditioner, ample instant hot water, and large bathroom. Relaxing on our private verandah for drinks at... More 

Thank Valsjazz
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The room is very clean and equipped very well. The beds are comfortable. Beds' sheets and pillow case are snow white. Our family spent 3 wonderful nights there. The birds, turtles are a spectacular addition to our stay. My son enjoyed them very much, extremely kind and generous receptionist-thank you to Christine and Jason, both of them made our holiday... More 

1 Thank Ivy6789
Cooroy, Australia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

The staff on arrival couldn't have been more friendly and on arriving at our chalet/room, it was spotlessly clean and had everything we need or a great 3 day visit. It is walking distance to Urangan and it's pier, possible a bit far to walk to Torquay and Scarness beaches (but the beaches at the end of the road are... More 

1 Thank AndyFlit
Ipswich, Australia
Level Contributor
126 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

Have visited Hervey Bay on a few occasion with my husband and this time with my granddaughter....what a lovely, quiet property this is...very different from where we have stayed before...every bungalow has a patio overlooking the lake....we were in number 26 and would recommend this one as away from the main entrance and no traffic past us at all....the bungalow... More 

1 Thank bestcp

108 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (105)
Pool/Beach Area (7)
View from Room (17)
Room/Suite (11)
Hotel & Grounds (21)
Bathroom (1)
Other (48)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (3)
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Other (2)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Hervey Bay hotels
1.8 km away
Mantra Hervey Bay
Mantra Hervey Bay
#9 of 24 in Hervey Bay
1,242 reviews
1.2 km away
Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge
Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge
#1 of 24 in Hervey Bay
231 reviews
0.3 km away
Grange Resort Hervey Bay
Grange Resort Hervey Bay
#10 of 24 in Hervey Bay
151 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.7 km away
Oceans Resort & Spa
Oceans Resort & Spa
#1 of 4 in Urangan
337 reviews
1.7 km away
Ramada Hervey Bay
Ramada Hervey Bay
#5 of 24 in Hervey Bay
526 reviews
1.6 km away
Akama Resort
Akama Resort
#2 of 24 in Hervey Bay
478 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Pool
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat is a unique holiday destination like no other in Hervey Bay. The 36 private, individual lakefront villas are surrounded by 10 acres of lush nature reserve, teeming with wildlife. Each villa is self-contained with a balcony overlookig our lake, providing the perfect setting for your family holiday or quiet getaway.Just 300 metres from the best beach in Hervey Bay, it's pricless. For your meals you can either cook in your villa, on our array of barbeques near every villa or dine out at a fantastic variety of restuarants close to the retreat. For your supplies, Urangan Shopping Centre is only minutes away, or stroll down to the fish co-op in the morning and select seafood that has been caught fresh daily. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat

Address: 1 Shell St | Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia (Formerly Sanctuary Lakes Beach Resort)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Fraser Coast > Hervey Bay
Price Range: €54 - €77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com and Booking.com so you can book your Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Sanctuary Lakes Fauna Retreat staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Avoid unit near pool during school holidays.”
 of 5 bubbles Valsjazz, 5 Aug 2016 | Read review
“recommend No. 26...looking straight out onto the lake....no traffic past the bungalow”
 of 5 bubbles bestcp, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Bit of a trek to a supermarket, especially if traveling with small children, so stock up first.”
 of 5 bubbles Butch1969, 4 May 2016 | Read review
“All villas have balconies overlooking the lakes, so everyone gets a view!”
 of 5 bubbles amarik2201, 5 Apr 2016 | Read review
“All villas have lake view”
 of 5 bubbles yvonnev384, 9 Mar 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay