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School Exursions with Oceanic Victor

Based on Granite Island, Victor Harbor, Oceanic Victor operates educational tours for all ages on land and in the sea!

The Oceanic Victor floating platform is a unique marine facility that encourages real hands on learning for the kids of South Australia by creating a safe but exciting learning platform where students are engaged with the marine world in a way that has never been showcased previously.

On land, we offer walking tours of iconic Granite Island and lunches at The Island Cafe.

Read on for more information.

Tours

Aquarium Tour (2 hours)

Spend two hours exploring our unique in-sea Aquarium with our team of dedicated and passionate marine biologists.

Venture out to the platform via luxury catamaran and upon arrival, students are fitted in warm wetsuits, gloves, booties, snorkels and masks. Then the fun really begins! Suitable for all ages and swimming abilities, our team members ensure each student is able to interact and feed the magnificent Southern Bluefin Tuna.

Students can then venture to the inner pool where they cuddle our resident Port Jackson Sharks and feed a diverse range of fish. Our structure has created an artificial reef so it is common migratory fish enter the aquarium to seek refuge from predators and sneak in a little feed!

The underwater observatory tunnel is the perfect place to view life beneath the waves and students can get up close and personal while staying dry. Students can then spot the Big Travelli, Australian Salmon, Snapper and Kingfish.

There are two Touch Tank pools on board with starfish (one spanning as big as 40cm!), sea urchins, Flathead, crayfish, a juvenile Port Jackson Shark and hermit crabs. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of a marine biologists and learn more about the marine park in which the platform is located.

Our team are all First Aid accredited and have their Working with Children clearances.

Minimum 8 people | Maximum 70 people

‘Introduction to Granite Island’ Walking Tour (1.5 hours)

Learn from Stephen, one of our most experienced guides on this day walking tour of Granite Island.

In 1-1.5 hours, students walk around Granite Island while Stephen gives insights into his vast knowledge of the geological aspects of the island, wildlife, native foods and shares captivating stories of the Ngarrindjeri people.

Students are invited to ask questions and pick Stephen’s brain about Granite Island, the Little Penguin Colony and Victor Harbor.

Minimum 4 people  | Maxium 40 people

Evening Guided Nature + Penguin Tour (1.5-2 hours)

Granite Island is home to a small colony of while Little Penguins, who return from their day in the ocean at dusk. Our experienced tour guides are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to these incredible birds, as well as local history and facts about Granite Island.

This tour is perfect for school groups staying locally.

Tour times vary due to daylight savings.

Minimum 4 people  | Maxium 40 people

See what Cosi had to say about our excursions!

Aired on Channel 9, South Aussie with Cosi came to visit Oceanic Victor and brought a whole class full of kids! He said it has “gotta be one of the coolest school excursions you could do!” See for yourself!

Learning Packages

We have units as per the Australian Curriculum from years Reception though to year 10 for teachers to access, and we have a classroom on the island for pre or post discussion and for teachers to utilise.

Suggested Itinerary

Arrive in Victor Harbor and walk (or organise to catch the Horsedrawn Tram) across the causeway.

Arrive at Granite Island and walk to Screwpile Jetty to hop on the catamaran for the 11am Aquarium Tour

Enjoy a lunch post-tour at The Island Cafe 1:15-2:15pm

Meet Stephen for the ‘Introduction to Granite Island Walking Tour’ at 2:15pm

Head across the causeway, back to Victor Harbor aroun 3:45pm

Pricing

Aquarium Tour 

Group of 30 + | $75 per person | 2 teachers travelling FOC (free of charge)

Group of 15 – 29  | $85 per person | No teachers travelling (FOC)

Group of 14 or less | $95 per person

‘Introduction to Granite Island’ Tour

$15 per person 

Maxiumum 40 

$20 per person

Guided Nature + Penguin Tour

$20 per person

Lunch at The Island Cafe

Choice of full BBQ ( chops, sausage and variety of salads and breads.)

$15 per person


Sausage sizzle, sausages, onions breads and variety of salads.

$12 per person

$10 per person (no salads)


Baguette style cold lunch. Variety of gourmet fillings including vegetarian or vegan. Variety of salads.

$15 per person

*All prices are in AUD and inclusive of GST

“One behalf of the Victor Harbor Special Education Sub School we would like to say a huge thank you to Oceanic Victor staff for providing us with such a unique and meaningful learning experience for our students…. The staff at Oceanic Victor were fabulous when ensuring ALL of our students were included in the excursion by accommodating our students with vision impairments as well as significant sensory difficulties.

The expertise of the marine biologists and marine doctors on board the ship was incredibly informative, and their passion really inspired our students. Being able to access this type of educational excursion is such a fantastic and unheard-of learning experience for all students and community members. Our students continue to talk about the amazing learning experiences they received from the Oceanic Victor staff.” Morgan Hill

Victor Harbor High School