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Review of Granite Island

Granite Island
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Take a short stroll or horse tram ride over the wooden causeway that connects the mainland at Victor Harbor to Granite Island Recreation Park. Enjoy the coastal scenery and discover the island's interesting history along the Kaiki Walk or go fishing from the jetty, or causeway (no fishing from breakwater). You may even spot a southern right whale between June and October.
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Reviewed November 18, 2013 via mobile

If visiting Victor Harbor then it's definitely worth taking the tram, or walking across the jetty to Granite Island.

There was a stiff breeze when we visited, which provided some excellent waves on the far side of the island.

The granite formations themselves are fascinating and the kids loved exploring (climbing), them.

There is a cafe, which also provides a great setting for a cup of coffee.

Finally, the tram is well worth a trip, providing a very relaxed way of getting to, or from the island (however the walk is easy enough).

Thank rdowson
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Wigan, G.Manchester
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“Great Place!!!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Granite Island is one of the best places in South Australia to visit. Ive been a number of times and even in poor weather (winter) it is still magnificent.

The walk around the island takes about 45-60 mins and can be done by all.

There is a cafe on the island, one thing I would like to add is that due to mindless people feeding seagulls they have become quite aggressive in their pursuit for food. If it was up to me there would be a lifetime ban for anyone caught feeding the birds.

The penguin 'show' is interesting but the decline in numbers means they only have 8-10. Again this was spoiled by seagulls taking the penguins food.

Thank jpb86
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“Definitely Worth a Visit”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

The best part of Granite Island is how you get there -- either walking or riding the horse-drawn tram across the causeway. Great views from the top of the hill. Note the interesting marker at the top that shows distances in miles!

Visited October 2013
Thank acedaughter
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Must in Victor”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

No trip to Victor Harbour is complete until you make the journey around, or atleast to Granite Island.
You can take the draught horse and cart for a small price, or walk.
I find walking is the better option, you can bask in the fresh air, and take your time watching the sea floor. Many atimes we have spotted sea life, ranging from dolphins, seals even stingrays.
The walk takes no more than 15 mins at a leisurely pace. For those who tire easily, time your walk with the draught horse so you can take it on the way back, or visa versa.

Make your way around to the right and follow the walking path, it takes a short time (30 mins) to walk the island, the views of the mainland, and ocean are worth the effort. Its a fairly easy walk, mostly flat, and well paved. Interesting granite boulders to be seen, as well as some wildlife.

As you make your way back around you will come to a spectacular set of stairs, somehow they are artistic! You will see!
Make your way to the cafe ran by locals, treat yourself with a hot coffee and cake. Then make your way back via draught horse.

Its a great day trip close to Adelaide, beautiful drive through the hills.

Top Tip: Take the scenic route via Sellicks beach, takes you through Myponga then across to Victor Harbour. It is one of the best drives Adelaide has to offer.
Make a weekend out of it and see the rest of the Fleurieu Peninsula, breathtaking scenery, some amazing beaches to the western side, Rapid Bay is gorgeous. If you have more than a weekend, spend a day or two at Deep Creek Conservation Park - you will feel like you've been transported to another world!

P.S: Dont forget your camera!

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“not to miss”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

It was windy and cold, but we decide to walk there instead of waiting for an hour for the first horse transport. To my surprise the other side of the island is very beautiful. Panoramic view and wild grass flowers. The walk is relaxing and well worth it. After that there are many choices for a meal.

Visited October 2013
Thank moral101
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