Granite Island Conservation Park

Where is it?: Granite Island Conservation Park is located off the south coast at Victor Harbor. Parking is available in Victor Harbor. Access to the island is via a wooden causeway 632 metres in length. The island is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water

Property summary: Total area 31 hectares. Hundred of Encounter Bay – Allotment 1 and  Pieces 2-5 (Deposited Plan 43331) and Allotment 100 (Deposited Plan 95138).

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin

History: The island was declared a reserve in 1856 by order of the Surveyor General.

On 27 May 1965, Section 374, Hundred of Encounter Bay (i.e. Granite Island) was declared a Recreation Reserve. On 11 September 1969 the whole of Granite Island comprising Section 374, Sections 666 and 667 (Harbors Board Reserves), together with Pier No. 2 and slipway, Pier No.3, breakwater and the causeway to the mainland and all those waters of Encounter Bay situate within five chains from low water mark on the said island, piers, slipway, breakwater and causeway were declared a Fauna Sanctuary.

Allotment 1 and pieces 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Deposited Plan) 43331, Hundred of Encounter Bay, extending to low water mark were proclaimed as Granite Island Conservation Park on 30 September 1999.

It is the most visited park in South Australia.

Habitat: As its name suggests this park is dominated by its large granite boulders. Most of the island is open grassland with some Drooping Sheaok (Allocasuarina verticillata) in sheltered areas.

More information: DEW NPWS Friends of Granite Island GI Facts

Total Species Recorded to Date: 57 (non-passerines 47, passerines 10)

Common Species: Little Pied Cormorant, Pacific Gull, Silver Gull, Singing Honeyeater, Australian Magpie, Spur-winged Plover

Less Common Species: Australian Boobook, Black-faced Cormorant, Little Penguin, Common Sandpiper

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