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.To visit Granite Island on your trip to Victor Harbor, use our Victor Harbor tour planner.
In 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.
Tours To Granite Island
Victor Harbor with McLaren Vale Wine Region Tour from Adelaide BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $79
Duration: 8 hours
Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Day Trip from Adelaide Including Lunch BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $98
Duration: 8 hours
Southern Ocean Adventure from Victor Harbor BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $44
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Granite Island Reviews
The island itself is as always beautiful and accessible for most people. Good walking tracks, well signage posted, informative signs plus interesting sculptures along the paths around the island. A... more »
Hi As a family we did the walk across the jetty and found the excision great! Sensational views. Allow 2 hours to have a good look around more »
Places to stay near Granite Island
Plan your trip to Victor Harbor
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Victor Harbor
Hidden gems in Victor Harbor
Shopping in Victor Harbor
Nearby attractions in Victor Harbor
Plans to Granite Island by other users
3 days in Victor Harbor BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in South Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in South Australia BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Hahndorf BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Adelaide BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium