Sunday, November 1, 2015

Day 9 - Victor Harbor and Granite Island

Chy-Anne and Liam in the Granite Island moonlight 

We drove south from Adelaide towards Victor Harbor...we had a date with the smallest penguin species in the world! 

The hour-and-a-half drive took us along the Fleurieu Peninsula and through another briliant wine region, McLaren Vale.

We had our first glimpse of Victor Harbor and Granite Island from this beautiful lookout

Victor Harbor is steeped in history with mounted plaques explaining the buildings and their heritage. Its a quiet seaside town that many South Australians journey to for family holidays and weekend getaways.

The Whale Centre

Lots of amazing wildlife around these parts!

This jetty connects Victor Harbor to Granite Island. There is a horse-drawn tram that you can ride - but we decided to walk it (a couple of times in total!)

We kept our eyes out for Leafy Sea Dragons!

We completed the circuit around the island to find some spectacular views and really unique rock formations!

Bryce watching the tram go by!

The boys loved climbing on the big rocks!

Chy was looking out for whales

Liam and Bryce at Umbrella Rock

Portrait Rock

We spotted a shingleback lizard in the grass

The Encounter Poles ("On Occupied Territory") symbolize the 3 worlds coming together in this place (British, French and Aboriginal)

We had a gorgeous sunset (above) and moonlit sky (below) on our walk over to Granite Island for the Little Penguin Guided Tour.

As it was an 'eco-tour' the flashlights were used minimally so we didn't disturb or frighten the little penguins. The whole island was closed off to the public during the tour - so they can protect the little penguin colonies during their emergence back on land to their nests. 

Click on the video below to watch the amazing wildlife show that we experienced!

After the tour, our guide showed us some little penguin furs and even asked Bryce and Liam to be his helpers and walk them around the group to give everyone a feel.

Next Up: Days 10-12 Kangaroo Island

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