Starting from the end of the Granite Island Causeway, Granite Island Recreation Park, this walk takes you on a circuit around Granite Island via the Kaiki Walk. Granite Island is connected to the mainland at Victor Harbor by a newly built concrete causeway, serviced by a unique horse-drawn tram that began operating in 1894. The island is home to a colony of rare little penguins, and from May to October, pods of southern right whales can be spotted in the sheltered waters around the harbour. This family-friendly walk is a great way to discover the island, winding around its perimeter past several granite formations, with excellent coastal views and plenty of benches along the way. Interpretive signs along the trail provide an insight into the island's history, wildlife, geology and significance to the Ramindjeri Aboriginal people. This loop consists of gently sloping gravel trails, boardwalks and sealed paths, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. There is a long flight of steps in the island's eastern corner, which wheelchair users and parents with prams can avoid by taking the trail across the middle of the island. Dogs are not permitted in this park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Turn on to Hindmarsh Road, B37 then drive for 2.4 km
At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Torrens Street, B37 and drive for another 60 m
Turn left onto Ocean Street and drive for another 410 m
Turn left onto Albert Place and drive for another 125 m
Turn left onto Esplanade and drive for another 155 m
Turn right and drive for another 75 m
Turn sharp right and drive for another 60 m
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started From the end of the Granite Island Causeway, Granite Island Recreation Park, head towards the two interpretive signs (to your right), passing the little penguin sculpture and the rock engraved with 'Granite Island Kaiki'. Turn right and head along the boardwalk, passing a 'Great South Australian Short Walks' sign, and continue the Granite Island Kaiki Walk (counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
After another 280 m veer right.
After another 65 m veer left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 75 m continue straight.
After another 100 m veer right.
After another 7 m turn right.
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 335 m veer right.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 140 m continue straight.
After another 45 m come to the viewpoint (4 m on your right).
After another 30 m continue straight.
After another 40 m head up the steps (about 45 m long)
After another 6 m turn left, to head along Granite Island Road.
After another 6 m pass the cafe (35 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m turn right, to head along Granite Island Road.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along Granite Island Road.
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Granite Island Road.
After another 410 m continue straight, to head along Granite Island Road.
After another 15 m come to the end.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Granite Island Kaiki Walk
30 min to 45 min
Quality of track
Smooth and hardened path (1/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)