From horse-drawn trams and historic main street to clear turquoise waters and wild natural landscapes, this former whaling town makes a favourite South Australian holiday destination. It is a perfect day trip escape from the city’s hustle and bustle with its close proximity to Adelaide.

 

Here we give you 8 reasons why Victor Harbor is your next adventure, just waiting to be discovered.

 

1.  Horse-drawn Tram

 

Horse-Drawn TramHorse-drawn tram on the railway line to Granite Island at Victor Harbor. Photo: travelling-australia.info

 

Victor Harbor’s most iconic attraction is riding the double-decker horse-drawn tram that journeys across to Granite Island on a 630-metre long boardwalk. Operating since 1894, it is a historic activity that offers scenic views of beautiful cliffs and beaches, azure waters and the township.

 

 

2.  Deep Creek Conservation Park

 

Deep Creek Conservation ParkTourists walk the Heysen Trail at the Deep Creek Conservation Park. Photo: absolutviajes.com, Brad Leue

 

Looking postcard-perfect, Deep Creek Conservation Park features a range of local wildlife and stunning raw landscapes. It is the largest remaining natural vegetation in the Fleurieu Peninsula region. Explore the park and choose from 15 different walking trails that offer incredible views of the surrounding region.

 

 

3.  Granite Island

 

Granite IslandConnected to neighbouring Victor Harbor via causeway is the nature reserve of Granite Island. Photos: myveiling.info, news.experienceoz.com.au

 

One of the best places to spot passing whales during migration season, Granite Island, small and ruggedly beautiful is a hugely popular tourist destination in South Australia. Take a lovely stroll or take the horse-drawn tram to explore the island. It is also home to adorable little penguins that live on the shores of the island.

 

 

4.  Goolwa Beach

 

Goolwa BeachBeautiful Goolwa Beach during sunset and high noon. Photo: instagram @southaustralianbeaches, scienceimage.csiro.au

 

Pristine and crystal blue, Goolwa beach has been a hot spot for surfers for many years. With waves suitable for beginner surfers and pros, the beach has something to offer everyone.

 

5.  Hindmarsh Falls

 

Hindmarsh FallsLovely Hindmarsh Falls. Photo: Brad Leue

 

Ideal for relaxed sightseeing, the Hindmarsh Falls features a beautiful 200-metre loop trail and a 25-metre cascading waterfall that flows down into various pools. Many people visit for the day and enjoy a picnic in the scenic picnic area.

 

 

6.  Victor Harbor Country Markets

 

Victor Harbor Country MarketPeople flock the Victor Harbor Country Market. Photo: weekendnotes.com

 

What is a holiday without a keepsake to take home? The Victor Harbor Country Markets offers delicious fresh produce, a wide range of goods and enjoyable conversation with the friendly locals. It is held twice a month on the beachfront lawns opposite Hotel Victor.

 

 

7.  Urimbirra Wildlife Park

 

Urimbirra Wildlife ParkUp-close with Australian native animals. Photo: Jason Cornelius, urimbirra.com.au

 

Meet some furry friends at Urimbirra Wildlife Park which is home to 400 native Australian animals such as crocodiles, wallabies, dingoes, wombats and koalas. Get the chance to pet a koala and feed a kangaroo or a crocodile. Urimbirra Wildlife Park is a great attraction for the whole family to enjoy.

 

8.  Vineyards and Wineries

 

WineriesOne of the many vineyards at Mclaren Vale, 40-minutes north of Victor Harbor. Photo: Wiz Tours

 

Visiting some of the local, boutique wineries in the region is a must if you’re looking to take full advantage of South Australia’s thriving food and wine scene. Victor Harbor is in close proximity to two of the best wine regions in Australia- Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale.

 

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