Victor Harbor Tourism & Travel
Victor Harbor Australia
Situated on the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, some 80kms south of Adelaide in South Australia, the historic town of Victor Harbor offers a refreshing seaside escape where great beaches, charming old buildings and wild natural landscapes collide. Boasting some of South Australias best surf beaches, the chance for intimate wildlife encounters, and an endless array of fun-filled activities, Victor Harbor has something for everyone.
Victor Harbor Attractions
Many family fun-filled attractions are found in Victor Harbor. The South Australian Whale Centre features a number of fascinating exhibitions on the many different species of marine life, with a focus on whales and dolphins. For an action-packed day of fun, the Greenhills Adventure Park is comprised of endless activities for all ages.
Beautiful examples of early colonial architecture are found throughout the historic town centre of Victor Harbor. The local history is showcased at the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre, and the SteamRanger Heritage Railway gives visitors a chance to board an historic steam or diesel train to lovely coastal destinations such as Port Elliot and Goolwa.
The lively town of Victor Harbor truly has something for everyone. Other popular attractions include the Dunes Mini Golf, the biggest Ferris wheel in South Australia at Girdler Family Amusements, and abundant native Australian animals and birdlife at the Urimbirra Wildlife Park.
Victor Harbor Beaches
Some of South Australia's best surf spots are found at nearby beaches such as Petrel Cove, Boomer Beach, Knights Beach and the Dump. Just under a 10-minute drive from Victor Harbor, the scenic sheltered beach at Port Elliot boasts great swimming and fishing from the jetty. Further east, the expansive Goolwa Beach is renowned for excellent fishing, surfing, water sports, and swimming conditions.
Victor Harbor Events
The hugely successful Toop and Toop Rock n Roll Festival features two fun-filled days of dancing, entertainment, bands, and Hot Rods on display. Australias largest outdoor art exhibition occurs every year at The Victor Harbor Annual Art Show. The Whaletime Playtime Festival provides lots of fun and entertainment for the kids, and every week the Victor Harbor Farmers Market showcases regional produce from across the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.
Victor Harbor Restaurants and Cafes
Many great pubs, cafes and restaurants are found throughout Victor Harbor, especially on Ocean St and Flinders Parade. The local seafood is a specialty and many venues offer relaxed waterside dining.
Victor Harbor - Near by
Visitors can embark on a Clydesdale-drawn tram to Granite Island. Here the Granite Island Recreation Park boasts stunning sea views and a number of scenic historic and nature walks. The Below Decks Oceanarium allows for a close-up look at marine life.
Some 14kms from Victor Harbor, the Inman Valley is the home to the geologically significant Glacier Rock. Carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age, it is the first recorded discovery of glaciation in Australia. To the south, Encounter Bay houses The Bluff, an ancient mass of granite which can be climbed for spectacular views.
Just over 8kms north of Victor Harbor, the stunning Hindmarsh Falls boasts some great picnic areas, and a number of scenic bushwalks. Also in the Hindmarsh Valley, the Victor Harbor Winery offers cellar-door tastings and sales of cool-climate wines. Whilst in the vicinity, a visit to sample the French and Swiss-style cheeses at the Hindmarsh Valley Dairy is a must.
Situated 7kms west of Victor Harbor on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Newland Head Conservation Park is popular with surfers, fishermen and beachcombers alike. The coastal landscape consists of rolling hills and rugged cliffs, providing panoramic views to Kangaroo Island. North of Victor Harbor, Mt Billy Conservation Park is renowned for its rare orchid species and well preserved mallee and forest communities.
Victor Harbor History
Discovered in the early 1800's by Captain Matthew Flinders and French Captain Nicholas Baudin, Victor Harbor became a major centre for whaling right up until the mid 1860s. Meanwhile, goods were shipped down the Murray River to the Port of Goolwa. However, problems arose and therefore a railway line was established in 1854 to connect Port Elliot from Goolwa. The 12km railway was the first public railway in Australia. Port Elliot also experienced problems and a more protected port at Victor Harbour, then known as Port Victor, was utilized. Subsequently, the railway line was extended to Granite Island to service large American and European clippers, shipping the local goods to overseas markets. In 1865, Port Victor was officially declared a port, and later named Victor Harbor.
Victor Harbor Today
Today, Victor Harbors economy is mainly based upon agriculture, fisheries and tourism. In the City of Victor Harbor, a population of some 10,380 souls reside in the Victor Harbor Township. This significantly escalates every holiday season.