VICTOR HARBOR – THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVELLER GUIDE
The city meets the sea in Victor Harbor, creating a postcard-perfect image. Don’t be misguided by the sleepy appearance of the town as there are plenty of things to see and do. The city is located about 80km south of Adelaide and is a highly popular tourist destination, owed to by its old world seaside charm.
WHERE TO STAY
There is a range of accommodation available, including hotels/motels/resorts, B&B’s, self-contained living and camping facilities. Most accommodation is close-by and easy to get to by either public transport or is in walking distance of the numerous activities available.
The Heritage listed Anchorage Hotel is situated right on the harbor front, allowing patrons to admire the panoramic views of Granite Island, Coorong and Kangaroo Island, whilst sipping from a selection of bevvies from the hotel’s international wine bar. Alternatively, The Middleton Beach Huts are a winner for their cutesy simple shacks
WHAT TO DO
Victor Harbor houses the largest whale-focused marine centre in South Australia. By combining technology with educational talks and fun exhibits, The South Australian Whale Centre aims to promote sustainable whale watching. With exhibitions and various tours available, it’s something the whole family can enjoy.
However one of the first things you’ll notice upon arrival to Victor Harbor is The Bluff. Located a few kilometres west of the town, The Bluff is a 200-metre high granite outcrop, formed over 500 million years. Visitors are encouraged to either climb it or drive to the landform to look out for whales from the 360-degree view.
While many Australians know what it’s like to take a tram ride, few would have experienced a double-decker tram drawn by a single Clydesdale horse, as is in Victor Harbour. The Victor Harbor Tramway commutes passengers along the 630-meter long causeway, connecting Granite Island to the mainland.
Once you’ve jumped off the tram and onto Granite Island, you are able to roam among penguins on a guided tour at the Recreation and Nature Park.
But if action is what you’re looking for, look no further than Greenhills Adventure Park. You’ll easily spend the whole day there, with an explosion of activities available. Waterslides, archery, flying foxes, dry slides, paddle boats, canoes, par 3 golf, mini golf, half court tennis, moon bikes, mazes, go-karts and more.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
If whale watching is on the agenda, the best time to visit is between June and September. Although it is the coldest time of the year, you’ll have a better chance of spotting whales basking at Encounter Bay during their migration. The South Australian Whale Center recommends July and August as the best months for viewing. But for that quintessential family holiday by the beach, make it a summer getaway.
Premier Stateliner buses run to Victor Harbor from Adelaide, while The Cockle Train runs along the stunning Encounter Coast every Sunday.
As previously mentioned, you can’t go past a horse-drawn tram ride in Victor Harbor, especially when it’s the only mode of transport along the causeway joining Granite Island to the mainland.
For more information visit www.tourismvictorharbor.com.au
When getting to Granite Island, located off the coast of picturesque Victor Harbour about 100 kilometres south of Adelaide, the journey really is as important as the destination. Why? Because not only is this little island connected easily to the mainland by a long wooden causeway, but you can hitch a ride on a horse-drawn tram. A team of Clydesdale horses share the workload, doing a couple of shifts a week each, and the trams run on roller bearings to make it nice and easy for them. The set-up has been running since 1894, is the only one of its...
Middleton made the Australian Traveller Magazine guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays. Middleton Why do we rate it? Halfway between Victor Harbor and Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula sits this small beachside town. We rate it for its unpretentious atmosphere and super surf. Where is it? 95km from Adelaide, Middleton is a 1hr 45min drive via the South Eastern Highway. Where to stay Middleton Beach Huts are too cute to pass up. Picture pastel huts, beach umbrellas and sun decks. Each hut is named after a famous Australian beach. We love Bondi for its pinstriped...
AT's guide to the best cheap accommodation for summer and Christmas holidays Goolwa Why do we rate it? Goolwa is the gateway to the western end of the Murray River, and has all the benefits of a beachside town with the heritage and history of a port. Where is it? Goolwa is 83km from Adelaide, or a 1hr 15min drive, on Lake Alexandrina near the mouth of the Murray. Where to stay Historic cottages in town have a bit of character: try Jackling and Joseph Cottages for comfortable, quiet stays. Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island is a farmstay where your...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes This is a holiday home for which the absence of plasma screens, iPod docks, gourmet kitchens and spa baths is the selling point. Deep Creek Retreat on SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula is built on sustainable principles and is completely solar-powered; a place to switch off the mobile and the laptop and to savour the simple life for a week or two. With a comfortable but sparsely styled interior, sheets of glass for walls, a view out over valley meadows, orchards and olive groves, and surrounded by a walled country garden, this abode makes...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Load the car with buckets, spades and sunhats: you’re off to visit the Beach Huts in Middleton for the quintessential seaside experience. Sandwiched halfway between Victor Harbor and Goolwa on the Fleurieu Peninsula, this too-cute-for-words outfit consists of 12 spacious, self-contained and beautifully decorated beach huts, sleeping between two and five, all en-suite, and some with outdoor spa. Named after 12 famous Australian beaches, each hut has a seaside theme but with differing décor; the individual flourishes (driftwood furnishings, pot plants, chequered tablecloths and wall hangings) are exquisite. Brekkie provisions are supplied...
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