Horse-Drawn Tram

The historic horse drawn tram in Victor Harbor

 

Welcome to Victor Harbor; South Australia’s most popular beachside town. Located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80km south of the centre of Adelaide, Victor Harbor is a popular tourism destination for visitors and Adelaide locals alike.

 

Most people are attracted to the beauty and heritage this town has to offer. The town has some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia; and combined with the area’s rich history, it is a special place to getaway and unwind.

 

Horseshoe Bay

Some of the lovely coastline along the Fleurieu Peninsula

 

Traditionally the home of the indigenous Ramindjeri people and discovered by the famous European explorer Matthew Flinders in 1802, this area is rich in both indigenous and European history. Various landmarks are a testament to this history including Encounter Bay; aptly named by Matthew Flinders’ after his encounter with French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1802.

 

The Causeway

The causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island

 

There is so much to see and do at Victor Harbor. You can visit Granite Island on the historic horse-drawn tram and marvel at the Little Penguins in their natural habitat at nightfall. During the day, you might see dolphins, seals or whales in Encounter Bay especially during winter. It truly is a sight to behold when the whales put on a stunning display of breaching, blowhole spraying, and tail-throwing. I was treated to such a show on my last visit there. It was absolutely magical and an experience I’ll never forget.

 

Victor Whale Tail

The whale tale water feature in the Victor Harbor parklands

 

If the whales aren’t out when you visit, there’s always the South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor for a great afternoon activity to learn more about these amazing creatures. You can also go fishing at Encounter Bay or you might prefer a day out at the local Rainbow Trout farm. There are also local wineries, wildlife parks and the Cockle Train heritage railway between Victor Harbor and Goolwa that takes you through some spectacular coastal terrain and countryside, and along a section between Port Elliot and Goolwa that is the oldest rail route in Australia.

 

Victor Harbor is also home to many family friendly activities including several adventure playgrounds, sandy white beaches for swimming and surfing, as well as the renowned Greenhills Adventure Park; a popular South Australian icon.

 

Giant Swing

The giant swing overlooking the scenic coastline of Horshoe Bay, Port Elliot

 

Victor Harbor is a great destination whether you are from interstate, overseas or Adelaide itself. To enjoy it to the full, a week or longer is recommended so that you can fully appreciate this town and its surrounding areas including Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island. If you can’t afford this much time, even a weekend lets you sample the best this town has to offer. There is so much to see and do, and every opportunity to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. Enjoy every minute.