Holidays in Granite Island

Holiday Travel Guide
Granite Island

Walk around a tiny island off the coast of Victor Harbor that is home to a colony of little penguins.

Arrange a trip to Granite Island, a small island and recreation park that is home to unusual rock formations, a colony of penguins and other wildlife. Spend a few hours here and stay for an evening wildlife tour.

To get to the island, walk or take a horse-drawn tram ride across the wooden causeway that connects it to the mainland. Wheelchair users can get rides from the local taxi service.

Familiarize yourself with the history, geology and wildlife of your new surroundings with a stroll along the Kaiki Walk. This loop trail encircles the island for about 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometers) and is dotted with interpretive signs. These signs cover the island’s geology and the aboriginal myths associated with it.

Along the way you will come across huge orange lichen-covered boulders and fascinating rock formations, such as Umbrella Rock. During your hike, pause to enjoy the views toward Victor Harbor and Seal Island.

Bring your binoculars with you to try to spot whales. The best season to observe the large marine mammals is from June to October when southern right whales visit Encounter Bay. Sometimes the whales come quite close to the shore.

Go on a penguin or wildlife guided tour, which are held most evenings around dusk. Watch the little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, as they come ashore after searching for food in the sea. These are the smallest penguins in the world, growing to an average height of about 14 inches (35 centimeters). If you enjoy fishing, reel in your catch from the causeway or the jetty.

Granite Island is located just off the coast of Victor Harbor, which is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Adelaide. It can be accessed every day except Christmas Day and admission is free, although there are fees for the wildlife tours. For details, visit the official website of the Granite Island Recreation Park. The island's facilities include picnic areas and toilets.

851 Cheap Hotels Near Granite Island

McCracken Country Club
McCracken Country Club
3.5 out of 5
Mccracken Drive, McCracken, SA
The price is AU$115 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McCracken Golf Course and Victor Harbor Convention Centre. Hindmarsh River Estuary ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (980 reviews)
"Bed was firm and very comfortable, had an excellent sleep with extremely little perceived noise. The spa bath was really good. The dining area, which is unfortunately also the bar, was way too noisy. Would love it if a quieter eating area was available."

Reviewed on 31 Oct. 2021

McCracken Country Club
Hotel Victor
Hotel Victor
3.5 out of 5
1 Albert Place, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$128 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Situated in Victor Harbor, this beach hotel is steps away from Warland Reserve and Soldier Memorial Gardens. Granite Island and Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (540 reviews)
"Was nice and relaxing good food good service"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2021

Hotel Victor
Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
3 out of 5
19 Bay Road, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$115 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
This family-friendly Victor Harbor holiday park is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Warland Reserve and Soldier Memorial Gardens. Granite Island ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (238 reviews)
"Lots of things for the children to do"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Granite Island Hotel & Accommodation Deals

NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
4 out of 5
114 Victoria Street, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$97 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
Hotel Victor
Hotel Victor
3.5 out of 5
1 Albert Place, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$128 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
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McCracken Country Club
McCracken Country Club
3.5 out of 5
Mccracken Drive, McCracken, SA
The price is AU$115 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 Dec.
McCracken Country Club
Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
3 out of 5
19 Bay Road, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$115 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
3.5 out of 5
21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$117 per night from 2 Dec. to 2 Dec.
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
Victor Harbor City Inn
Victor Harbor City Inn
3 out of 5
51 Ocean Street, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$129 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Victor Harbor City Inn
Apollon Motor Inn
Apollon Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
15 Torrens Street, Victor Harbor, SA
The price is AU$129 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Apollon Motor Inn
Comfort Inn Victor Harbor
Comfort Inn Victor Harbor
3.5 out of 5
2 Victoria St, Victor Harbor, SA
Comfort Inn Victor Harbor
Breeze Beachfront Apartments
Breeze Beachfront Apartments
4 out of 5
2-5 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, SA
Breeze Beachfront Apartments
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