Welcome to Granite Island
It’s rare to find a place where nature, history and adventure collide so perfectly in one magnificent destination, but Granite Island has it all. Embrace your curiosity and explore the unique natural wonders of the island, all in a half a day.
Known to the Ramindjeri people as Nulcoowarra, Granite Island is home to a rich cultural history, as well as an array of natural flora and fauna. The island spans over 60 acres and attracts visitors from far and wide due to its distinctive landscape and variety of walking trails, making it the ideal spot for an unforgettable day trip. Surrender to the mystical views of the ocean, get lost amongst bushland trails or immerse yourself in the eclectic local history. Either way, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Things to do on Granite Island
The wonders of Granite Island are utterly breathtaking, and there are plenty of marvels to captivate you for the day. Stroll the causeway to discover the local Indigenous etchings created by the local Ngarrindjeri and Ramindjeri Peoples. Or, travel by the historic horse-drawn tram while enjoying the coastal scenery. Marvel at the sound of the waves crashing against the enormous prehistoric boulders tinged with orange lichen that make the island so unique.
Granite Island is only a short walk from the mainland, but it feels like you’ve stepped into a wild natural wonderland as you explore its rugged landscape. Keep an eye out for seals basking in the sun and dolphins frolicking in the sparkling turquoise waters nearby. If you come at dusk, you’ll be rewarded with glorious panoramic views and the dazzling colours of the crimson sun setting over the region.
Or, if you’re visiting earlier in the day you might even spot a pod of majestic whales passing by the Fleurieu coastline on their yearly migration. These magnificent giants of the deep can typically be spotted from May through to October.
Embrace your adventurous side as you climb the boardwalk stairs and follow the Kaiki Trail for spectacular views of Encounter Bay and the Bluff. Look back over Victor Harbor and beyond and admire the panoramic views sweeping over the ocean.
If you prefer, you could even explore the island from the surrounding waters by boat. You’ll be able to spot a glimpse of beautiful sea creatures above or below the water or, if you prefer, simply gaze at the spectacular scenery.
Drop a line at the jetty and try to catch a fish or two in the glimmering water below or just dip your toes in the Southern Ocean and explore the watery wonderland beneath the surface.
Experiences on Granite Island
Facilities in Granite Island
Granite Island is accessible from the mainland at Victor Harbor by foot or the horse-drawn tram which departs regularly throughout the day. To find out more about things to do on Granite Island or to access opening hours or visitor information, visit the Victor Harbor Horse-Drawn Tram and the National Parks website.