Take the historic horse-drawn tram or simply walk across the causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island. By day the ... More
Granite Island Recreation And Nature Park
Take the historic horse-drawn tram or simply walk across the causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island. By day the Granite Island Recreation And Nature Park offers fishing, walking, para-sailing, whale watching, harbour cruises and a gift-shop. Dine at the bistro or enjoy wonderful views of Encounter Bay by following the footpath around the island. Whales, dolphins and seals are sometimes seen basking in the waters close to shore. At sunset you can take a harbour cruise and return in time for a guided tour of the island's Little Penguin colony. Contact the Island Office for tour and cruise details.
We had a terrific time on the island - although it was windy on the day we went there. Our toddler still remembers the name of the horse that took us across to the island and the hot chips at the cafe were terrific.
A beautiful place for a visit!
Victor Harbour and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Victor Harbor is situated approx 80kms south of Adelaide, the drive takes around 80 minutes depending whether you want to stop at Mclaren Valley. We stayed at the Whalers Inn situated just on the outskirts of Victor Harbor. (Read review) and had all intentions of visiting Kangaroo Island.
What is amazing about this area is the huge diversity of landscapes and attractions, which can cause a deviation or detour from your original itinerary. Hence, we never got to see Kangaroo Island, as we found the whole region of the Fleurieu Peninsula absolutely fascinating, stunning and spectacular with dramatic scenery. The natural wilderness mixed with pristine rugged coastline and beaches, truly makes this region Australia�s best natural asset.
Victor Harbor is nestled by the sea, with lovely colonial heritage buildings and sites. The town is very quaint with some great old Australian pubs and Inns. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops to keep you entertained. You can take a Heritage walking trial tour and learn the history of buildings like the Old Custom and Stationmaster house.
The best thing to do is walk across or catch the horse-drawn wagon across to Granite Island and see the colony of little penguins. The best time to see the penguins is in the early evening around 7pm, as the penguins return home from sea to feed their chicks. (Make sure you take some warm clothes, it can get very chilly with the sea winds.)
If thinking of staying at Cape Jervis before heading to Kangaroo Island then disregard this idea. Victor Harbour is a lovely seaside town and far more appealing and interesting; Whaler�s Inn is approx 30 minutes drive away from Cape Jervis and a far better choice to be positioned.
What to do:
Walk across to Granite Island and see the penguins at dusk.
Visit the towns of Goolwa, Port Elliot, Hindmarsh Island, and Coorong National Park and see the Murray River Mouth.
For some awesome scenery take a walk on the �Heysen Trail� which can be connected to just past the Bluff or at Parsons beach or Newland Headlands.(A must do). You can walk this track to Cape Jervis but it takes a couple of days, camping areas are available for keen bushwalkers. Another walk is from Victor Harbor to Port Elliot along the beach. (7kms). All maps can be obtained at the Information Centre.
Follow all the tourist brown signs and get lost in the beauty exploring this gorgeous region. From Cape Jervis drive the coastal road back to Adelaide and see some lovely seaside towns.
Remarkable rocks are beautiful, as is the underwater aquarium just off the coast of Granite Island.
Granite Island provides a good view over the ocean and Victor Harbour. You can walk across (15mins) or take the horse-drawn tram.
You can take a penguin tour at night and be professionally guided. The wind off the ocean is cool at all times, so take some warm clothes even when the sun is out.
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