Victor Harbor boasts historic charm, nature's spectacular seascape land formations and an abundance and variety of wildlife. It continues to be one of the most popular destinations to visit in South Australia.
LOCATION: Just 85 km (80 mins) south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor is the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula. It is easily accessed by bus or car and is the perfect base from which to visit the wine districts of McLaren Vale, Currency Creek and Langhorne Creek, the wilderness of the Coorong, the wildlife of Kangaroo Island, or to relax and unwind and enjoy spectacular views.
TRAM: Take a historic tram ride (running since 1875), pulled by a Clydesdale horse across the causeway to Granite Island Nature Park where you can visit several colonies of penguins, watch seals, walk the Kaiki trail and enjoy a picnic with breath-taking views.
WHALES: Without even leaving the comfort of your car you may see whales breaching and tail slapping between June and October. You can visit the Whale Centre and learn about these majestic mammals and all the local marine life.
WILDLIFE: All year round you can visit Urimbirra Wildlife Park, which exhibits over 400 animals including koalas to pat, kangaroos to feed and crocodiles and snakes in special enclosures.
BUSHLAND: You can appreciate unspoilt bushland with sea birds soaring, seals basking in the sun and dolphins surfing the waves. A short drive to visit Deep Creek and Talisker Conservation Parks.
WALKS: Everybody can enjoy the remoteness of walking along unspoilt, wind swept sandy beaches or surfing classic beach breaks as you discover the diversity of the South Coast. There is the famous Heysen walking trail, the Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Hindmarsh River walks, and the Encounter Bikeway which takes you all the way from the Bluff to Goolwa.
SPORTS: For the sports lover, there are 5 championship golf courses available to the public (all within a 30 minute drive) and there are many lawn bowling, croquet, tennis, fishing and surfing opportunities available.
ADVENTURE: For the more energetic there is Greenhills Adventure Park that has 13 hectares of fun including archery, par three golf, paddle boats, water slides and go-karts.
INDIGENOUS CULTURE: Victor Harbor is steeped in indigenous tradition. Granite Island, the Bluff (Rosetta Head) and Kent Reserve all hold great cultural significance to the local Ngarrindjeri people. Visit and read about Kondoli the whale from the lookout at Kleinig’s Hillas as you enter Victor Harbor and descend.
ART: For the more sedate, be sure to see some of the best Art galleries in South Australia. Waggon Road Gallery and the Ocean Street Art Gallery are just two of many well worth the visit.
FESTIVALS: For those who love special events, why not visit for the Whale-Time Playtime Festival, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival, the Tour Down Under, the Rotary Art Show or a range of other special weekend activities.
DINING: Then there are many splendid dining locations ... Your hosts can point you to many food and wine experiences, whether you seek fine dining in restaurant settings, cafe or delicatessen style meals, take away food, picnic baskets, hotel meals or just a selection of local cheeses to take to a cellar door. Cuisines range from Indian, Thai and Chinese to Oz, and from grills to wood fired pizzas.