Horse Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor | Step Back In Time | Review

Horse Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor | Step Back In Time

Horse Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor – Step Back In Time

Victor Harbor’s Historic Horse Drawn Tram is a “South Australian icon and a living, breathing piece of industrial heritage!”

Located at Encounter Bay in the seaside town of Victor Harbor, this famous tram’s history dates back 150 years.  Over 150,000 passengers climb aboard and enjoy the authentic journey across to Granite Island every year.

The tram takes passengers on the 600m wooden causeway across to Granite Island and back again.  You can choose to take the tram one way and walk back, or buy a return ticket.  The rhythmic clippity clop of the horse’s hooves and the rumble of the tram makes for a very relaxing journey.  There is a beautiful view of the bay, the bluff and the island from the top of the tram especially, but on a windy day it may pay to sit inside!

Tickets are available from the Tram driver.


Back On Track! June 2019  |  Temporary repairs to the Granite Island Causeway have been completed, so the horse tram service is back in operation.  Shorter trips across to Granite Island and back to the mainland are available daily from 10.40am.  Major repairs and restoration are in the planning stages.

Horse Drawn Tram at Victor Harbor | Step Back In Time

Granite Island Victor Harbor

There’s plenty to see and do once you get to Granite Island, as you can read about here.  The tram staff are friendly and happy to answer curious questions from little ones.  There are 7 handsome Clydesdale horses that share the load of pulling the trams each week.  They are ridden to and from work daily for 3 shifts a week,  a total of 5 trips each shift.  That’s 9 hours work a week.   A carrot or two well deserved.

Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre Phone: 8551 0777.

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Horse Drawn Tramway website or call the Horsetram Office on 8551 0720.  

What:   Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island

When:  Every Day (except Christmas Day)  |  10am until 3pm (winter) until 4pm (summer)

Where:  Esplanade, Victor Harbor (see map)

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

All images by Play & Go Adelaide 2012


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