So, after touring the North and East of Adelaide, on our last full day here, we opted to go Southwards to Victor Harbour. According to tripadvisor, there are 22 things to do in Victor Harbour and the number one on the list is visiting Granite Island. As the drive was less than 90 minutes from Adelaide this fits nicely into a day trip. Once again, the sun came out for us and it was a beautiful day. We really could not gripe about the weather and even left our jackets in the rental car.

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The tram stop with granite island in the background

Granite island is connected to Victor Harbour by a small causeway that’s serviced by a public tram. And would you believe, this tram is neither petrol, diesel or electric driven. It’s pulled by a horse! And the route is pretty straightforward. It goes to the island and back. So you really can’t miss it. It departs every hour and costs $9 for a return trip. So, do we take the tram?

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The horse drawn tram arrives but we had already decided to walk instead
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So the Clydesdale horse gets a rest! 

No, we did not! I do not know if its too touristy or we wanted to just not feel too lazy but the consensus of the group was that we should just walk across! And here I was thinking that taking the tram across would be fun. Or maybe we could not be bothered to wait. Luckily for me, the distance is less than 700 metres and there are things to read and see along the way.

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We were told its only 700m but it sure looks far!

Once we got there, we could see why its called Granite island. It has huge granite boulders stained with orange lichen. There is also a little penguin colony here but you would have to come back at dusk for that. After walking across, it suddenly became clear that we were quickly losing our appetite for any more walking.

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The granite boulders with their orange lichen 

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There is a Kaiki Trail that loops you around the island taking you past the Penguin Centre and some interesting sites with names like Sculptured Seal, Bridal Spray, Nature’s Eye and Umbrella Rock. But it is almost 4 times as long (i.e. 3km) to do the whole island. So, that idea fell flat pretty much instantly.

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The raised planks not just makes the walk easier but also help protect the penquins habitat.
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Weathered granite boulders

Instead, we just decided that Umbrella Rock sounded the most interesting and seemed the closest. Walking there, we learnt that granite formations were once 10km below the earths surface some hundreds of millions of years ago. They were then surfaced and then sculpted by the ocean, wind and rain to what we see today.

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This one seems to be in a shape of a fist
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A precipitous rock archway
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A granite bowl

It was kind of interesting to see the different rock formations. But we are no geologists and I was more mesmerized by the azure blue ocean! The thought of going for a swim seemed delicious. But we did not come prepared.

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The coastline along granite island

Soon, we turned around and made our way back. Once again, we could have hopped on the tram but we could not wait. And we just walked back across the causeway to Victor Harbour. So despite, the horse drawn tram being one of the drawcards for visiting Granite island, we gave it a pass.

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