Granite Island, Victor Harbor

Granite Island, also known by the Ramindjeri people as Nulcoowarra, is a small island next to Victor Harbor, South Australia, about 80 km south of South Australia's capital city, Adelaide. Although there are no permanent residents, there are buildings and shelters on the island, including a cafe. It is a popular tourist attraction, particularly for people wishing to see little penguins (commonly called "fairy penguins") which live there. The island also supported resident wallabies in the 1980s which captivated visiting tourists. The island is accessible across a causeway from the mainland, either on foot or by catching an antique horse-drawn tram. As of 2015, the private company Oceanic Victor intends to use the island as a departure point to ferry tourists to a new tourist attraction in adjacent waters. Tourists will be able to enter an aquaculture seacage where they will be able to swim with and hand feed southern bluefin tuna, and observe other South Australian marine species.Little penguin colonyIn 1987 a joint State and local government committee was formed "to consider improvements to Granite Island." The Committee recommended that the island's tourism potential be maximised, while protecting its environment. The Committee also specifically recommended the "protection of the fairy penguin population."In 1989, the island's rat and rabbit populations were subjected to culling, with poison used to reduce rat numbers. Rats are known to raid the nests of little penguins. The island's wallaby population was also reduced, with animals relocated as far afield as Cummins on Eyre Peninsula.
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  • Nice walk over the bridge to Granite Island. Lovely views looking back to Victor Harbor. You have the option to be taken over in the horse drawn cart or walk. Once on the island there are multiple loo...  more »
  • I have arthritis, so could not walk too far & took the horse-drawn tram. My husband loved the pleasant walk, and interesting climb to explore the island.  more »
  • Granite Island is a wonderful nature walk particularly watching the southern ocean pounding on the rocks. Very sad to see the restaurant close down a few years back. Really makes it a less attractive ...  more »
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  • Amazing views, lovely walking trails and artworks, the dedication and respect to the native flora and fauna is absolutely beautiful and walking around the trails really works off the scallops that may have been eaten earlier that day šŸ˜‰ Absolutely sensational - I wish Iā€™d taken more photos of just the scenery but ah well x
  • My friend took me there in the afternoon. We took horse tram on the way there. Then climb the granite hill. The view from there was nice. The wild flower is blooming beautifully
  • Best place for a good walk and great view of Antarctic sea
  • Nice short walking tracks, lots of wildlife, amazing views.
  • Great place

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