Granite Island or “Kaiki” is a small uninhabited island next to the seaside tourist town of Victor Harbor. The island is one of the most recognised ecological attractions in South Australia due to its unusual granite formations with wild crashing oceans, elevated views which not only take in the breathtaking vistas of the coast, but transport you on a journey through history.
From learning about the spiritual significance of the island to the Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri people, look out to the Southern Ocean and see the chance encounter between Captains Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin in 1802 (which Encounter Bay was named after), spy Southern Right whales in winter and Little Penguins returning to their colony each evening.
The island is also home to “Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island”, a collection of 24 sculptures by artists across the world which dot the landscape. The collection curated by Sculpture by the Sea provide guests with a unique experience as they wander the 60 or so minute Kaiki Walk around the island.
Amongst this raw beauty sits ‘The Island Cafe‘ which showcases the best in local produce, native botanicals from the island, coffee, premium boutique South Australian wines and beer, and seafood including Southern Bluefin Tuna for the discerning traveller visiting the jewel of South Australia – Granite Island.
Situated on the water’s edge, guests can relax and enjoy the abundance of local wildlife, while their friendly team serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and cocktails across an open deck and licensed lawns year round with chilled live tunes in the summer months.
Whether you have just made the 800m trek across the Causeway from the mainland for the afternoon, or you are waiting to board the catamaran to the famous Oceanic Victor In-Sea Aquarium Experience in the bay, The Island Cafe is the place to relax, unwind and sample the best of South Australia.