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The Guided Penguin Tours and Penguin Centre Victor Harbor

Where is it at?

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The Guided Penguin Tours and Penguin Centre
Granite Island
2 Ocean Street
Victor Harbor
Tel: 8 8552 7555

Where are we going today?

The ever popular guided penguin walks are a favourite to visitors to this area. The tours commence at dusk every night. Participants are part of a small group and accompany a professionally trained guide to view the penguins as they come ashore after a days fishing. The penguins make their way to their burrows where they can be seen displaying various behaviours, depending on the season.

These behaviours may include, feeding chicks, nest building courting and mating. Guides will interpret the biology, ecology, behaviours and adaptations of these charismatic creatures. The Penguin Centre opens on request for groups. The cost of the Penguin Centre is an optional extra and consists of an audio-visual presentation which runs for approximately 15 minutes.

The tour is a comprehensive and enjoyable nature experience. Participants meander through the penguin colony on Granite Island with a guide to view the Little Penguins as they come ashore after a days fishing.

A professionally trained guide will take visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and interpret the biology, ecology, behaviours and adaptations of these charismatic creatures. Scientific research measuring the health of the colony and environmental management strategies implemented to benefit the penguins is interpreted to tour participants, which adds interest to the tour.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12.50
  • Children$7.50

When can we go?

Year round tour schedules can be found on their site with descriptions of the behaviours to be expec

Teachers corner

If your class is seeking to achieve specific learning outcomes involving the natural / marine environment or tourism, or if you're just looking for a fun and entertaining outing with an educational basis, Granite Island Nature Park will provide for your needs. Their range of programs cater for any special needs and all ages. They are extremely flexible and will work with the teacher to design tours and activities that achieve required learning outcomes for your class..

I'm Hungry!

The Reef Cafe on Granite Island offers a wide range of quality snacks, meals, drinks and treats. They offer excellent value to school group bookings with meal deals that include a meal and drink. The kiosk is completely covered and enclosed with vinyl covers to protect patrons on those colder days. The Kiosk deck can seat 85 and is in close proximity to a beautiful lawned area if you would prefer to eat outdoors. The Cafe has toilet facilities. Breakfast 'til 11:30am Lunch and Dinner, All day dining from 11:30am 'til late..

Any Top Tips?

Tours commence from the Cafe on Granite Island at dusk. Tour times vary as sunset times and daylight saving times change..

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop on Granite Island provides a large range of souvenir items at reasonable prices. The gift shop is a popular stop for school children looking for a small souvenir to take home with them. A visit to the shop after hours before penguin tour can easily be arranged, just ask when you make your booking..

More information

This is a guide only. Penguin behaviour is subject to change due to seasonal and enviornmental factors. The penguins are not captive so numbers and sightings vary over the course of this calendar..

What people are saying?

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    Currently (Xmas 2013) no evening tours because of declining numbers of penguins (blame the NZ fur seals).

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    A really good atraction for tourist on Kingscote. Nice staff with good explanations and really friendliers. As it is normal, totaly respectful with the penguins and the envioroment. The observation of penguins is guaranteed.

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