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Victor Harbor

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by Kathryn Page (subscribe)
I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published October 18th 2011
Before I officially made the permanent move to Adelaide, my weekend visits consisted of catching up with new family and friends as well as exploring Adelaide and what is has to offer. A particularly memorable trip was an afternoon in Victor Harbor.

Through the scenic, winding roads and past wineries, we arrived at Victor and headed straight to the beach. Not warm enough for swimming, we walked along the sand and enjoyed being close to the water.

Next we caught the world's only still-operating horsedrawn tram to Granite Island. It was a funny notion to be in a tram carriage yet it was being drawn by horses with the biggest feet I have ever seen. This is because they are Clydesdale horses. It was an enjoyable 20 minute ride and hard to believe it has been used since the 1800s to carry wool and grain from the land to offload onto ships. Just like the excited children, we sat on the top floor and enjoyed the view over the beach and at the rocks we were heading towards.

Horsedrawn tram


We got off at Granite Island which is exactly that- an island of Granite rocks. Huge granite rocks. We weaved our way along paths (or the 2.9km Kaiki Trial) surrounding the island, careful not to peer too closely over the edge as the drop preceding the ocean is covered in rocks.

Me at Granite Island


Enormous rock


We took a quick look inside the Penguin Centre which explains everything you could ever want to know about these cute creatures. Although we were too early for the penguin parade, we did manage to spot two chicks hiding under a rock.

Penguin chicks


One of the best parts of Granite Island was spent simply sitting on the rocks and watching the beautiful blue waves crashing against the rocks before swimming out to sea as white bubbles. I was secretly hoping to spot a Southern Right whale, seal or dolphin but it wasn't to be.

View of the water


As the weather warms up, get your family members, young and old together and enjoy a day at Victor.
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Why? Victor harbour is a great place to unwind when the city gets too much. The beach is the ultimate playground for children and if you’ve got time, stay for the penguin parade at dusk.
When: The penguin parade begins at dusk (8pm in October, 8.30pm in November and 9pm in December). The horsedrawn tram departs every forty minutes, daily.
Where: 2 Ocean Street, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211
Cost: The penguin parade costs $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children. The horsedrawn tram costs $8 for an adult return ticket and $6 for children.
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