Victor Harbor is a vibrant coastal town with plenty to offer visitors. With a southern-ocean frontage, panoramic views and lots to see and do for youngsters, Victor Harbor has been a popular family holiday destination since the late 1800s!
The landscape and seascape around Victor Harbor is striking: the town overlooks Encounter Bay and the popular Granite Island, and its coastline features the huge rocky outcrop known as The Bluff, while the hills of Hindmarsh Valley provide a backdrop to it all. Encounter Bay’s reefs and islands make a great playground for those wanting to get in (or on!) the water, with plenty of opportunities to swim, surf, snorkel, kayak, paddle, canoe or jet ski.
Granite Island is unique because it’s accessible by the world’s only daily horse-drawn tram service, which started operating in 1886. The 630-metre causeway runs from the mainland across to Granite Island, taking tram-loads of passengers around the north-west side of the island. The island itself is a recreation park, characterised by massive granite boulders decorated with orange lichen, and is also home to a colony of little penguins. Learn about the interesting history of the island on the Kaiki Walk, or try to catch your dinner by fishing from the jetty or causeway.
While it might not be whale-watching season, you may still spot a whale in Victor Harbor at the South Australian Whale Centre. This is a great attraction for whale lovers of all ages, featuring three floors full of interactive displays on marine history. You can even crawl through the belly of a giant squid! Those who want to learn more about the history of the region will also enjoy a visit to the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre, where you’ll learn of Dreamtime stories from the area, as well as tales of early settler life.