Located on Encounter Bay and only 83km from Adelaide is the very popular holiday destination, Victor Harbour. Victor Harbour’s headland is stunning, the 100m high Bluff and Granite Island do their best to keep the wild Southern Ocean from damaging the Harbour. Victor Harbour is well known for it’s whaling history and the Southern Right Whales still cause a great stir when they pass by in Winter.
Victor Harbour is very popular in Summer for it’s lovely beaches. The safest swimming can be done near the pier to Granite Island. Oliver’s Reef is good for snorkeling and Chiton Rocks is good for surfing. Waitpinga and Parsons are two beautiful long sandy beaches that are located in Newland Head Conservation Park which is 15km west of Victor Harbour.
Victor Harbour Markets
Farm Produce Market
Farm Produce Market located at the Fleurieu Peninsula and offers you an opportunity to taste the local foods. You may even buy products, which the market serves in marquees. The Farm Produce Market resumes its activities at first Sunday of every month. You may have both breakfast and lunch, while shopping.
This is the best way to view the bay and esplanade area of Victor Harbour. This little steam train runs between Victor Harbour and Goolwa with a lot of the track running by the sea. (08 8231 4366).
Encounter Coast Discovery Centre
This National Trust Museum covers the history of the area as well as housing aboriginal and whaling displays. Flinders Parade, Victor Harbour
This island is linked to the shore by a long jetty and a great way to get here is on the horse drawn tram. If you are lucky, in Summer and at dusk, fairy penguins by the hundreds can be spotted making their way back home. Highlights of the island are the Below Decks Oceanarium and the Penguin Discovery Tour that commences at dusk.
Museum of Historical Art
If you are into shells, rocks, coins, firearms, medals and miniature cars, they can all be viewed here in this interesting museum. Yankalilla Road (08 8552 1546).
Nagawooka Flora Reserve
Native Australian plants and trees cover this one hectare park, making it a pleasant place to walk through.
South Australian Whale Centre
The history of Victor Harbour’s whaling background is displayed here as well as everything you wanted to know about their favorite whales, the Southern Rights. Railway Terrace (08 8552 5644).
Urimbirra Wildlife Park
This open range wildlife park has most of australia’s native animals, as well as some other exotic breeds. A highlight is the nocturnal house. The park is located 5km from Victor Harbour. Adelaide Road (08 8554 6554).