Victor HarborAustralia

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Visit Victor Harbor

Lie down on the sand, visit a penguin colony and go on scenic coastal walks and bike rides at this seaside getaway.

Travel to the oceanfront Victor Harbor, a popular destination with beaches, watersports, wildlife and coastal scenery. Spot whales from land or sea, learn about the town's whaling history and hike around a rocky island.

Victor Harbor is small enough to walk around, with many attractions close to each other. Head toward the town's shoreline for the Warland Reserve, home to the South Australian Whale Centre. Inside, three floors of exhibits and artifacts cover the natural history of whales and the area’s whaling past. After your tour, enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the reserve and walk to the Soldiers' Memorial Garden with its rows of Norfolk Island pine trees.

Nearby is a short wooden causeway that connects to Granite Island. Walk across it or ride the horse-drawn tram, a service that has been in operation since 1894. On the island, amble along the loop trail encircling the small rocky outcrop and see the colony of little penguins, also known as fairy penguins. For whales, dolphins and other wildlife, embark on a boat tour of the coastline and offshore islands. Find good land-based whale-watching from the town, especially between June and October when southern right whales visit local waters.

Take advantage of the town's seaside setting with relaxation on a beach. Swim at Yilki Beach and try surfing and surf fishing at Waitpinga Beach and Parson's Beach. Kayak or canoe around the reefs and islands of Encounter Bay and zip across the water on a Jet Ski.

Explore Victor Harbor's beautiful surroundings on long coastal walks. Hike or cycle along the Encounter Bikeway. This on-road and off-road route stretches along the coast for about 19 miles (30 kilometers). At night, dine out in local restaurants, which include casual and fine dining options.

Victor Harbor is about a 1-hour drive south of Adelaide. Alternatively, travel by bus or coach and get around on bike, foot, taxi or rental car. Stay for the wildlife, beaches and coastal scenery.

Top hotels in Victor Harbor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
McCracken Country Club
McCracken Country Club
3.5 out of 5
Mccracken Drive, McCracken, SA
NZ$123
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McCracken Golf Course and Victor Harbor Convention Centre. Encounter Bay and Hindmarsh ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,166 reviews)

"Best shower we have found staff friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2020

McCracken Country Club
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
3.5 out of 5
21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, SA
NZ$88
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

With direct access to the beach, this Victor Harbor hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Encounter Bay, Soldier Memorial Gardens and Warland Reserve. Granite Island ...

4.2/5Excellent! (820 reviews)

"Time warp into the old style, Australian decor, seaside lodgings. Not necessarily a negative thing. The balcony rooms were exposed to a high level of traffic noise. The light was left on in the balcony area all night. Minor things really. Very comfy bed. The share bathrooms have had the renovation ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2020

Anchorage Seafront Hotel
The Bluff Resort Apartments
The Bluff Resort Apartments
4 out of 5
123 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay, SA
NZ$164
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Encounter Bay and Victor Harbor Heritage Trail: Petrel Cove Trailhead. The Bluff ...

4.4/5Excellent! (512 reviews)

"Views are great reception staff very friendly and maintenance personal if you need them very quick to respond and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2019

The Bluff Resort Apartments

Popular things to do in Victor Harbor

South Australian Whale Centre
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South Australian Whale Centre

4.5/5(19 reviews)

Pick up insights into the maritime history and whaling past of Victor Harbor when you take a self-guided tour of this fascinating museum.

Soldier Memorial Gardens
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Soldier Memorial Gardens

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Visit a beautiful green spot in Victor Harbor that features memorials to brave servicemen and women killed during international conflicts.

Top activities in Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor Seal Island Tour
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Victor Harbor Seal Island Tour

NZ$42

Glimpse incredible marine life moments from Victor Harbor during a wildlife-watching bonanza that takes you to Seal Rock in beautiful Encounter Bay. Carry your camera along and hope to catch sight of the Long Nosed Fur Seals, Australian sea lions, and countless seabirds during your memorable cruise.

Victor Harbor with McLaren Vale Tour from Adelaide
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Victor Harbor with McLaren Vale Tour from Adelaide

NZ$121

Discover Victor Harbor, the quaint wine-making region and sleepy coastal town in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Spend a full day exploring the seaside resort and the historic paddle-steamer port of Goolwa, where Australia’s longest river meets the sea.

Coorong National Park & Murray River Cruise with Lunch
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Coorong National Park & Murray River Cruise with Lunch

NZ$146

Depart the Goolwa Wharf heading downstream passing through a lock in the Goolwa Barrage whilst viewing fur seals which inhabit this area, pass from fresh to salt water and into the Coorong National Park.

Alpaca Farm 1 Hour Tour
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Alpaca Farm 1 Hour Tour

NZ$51

A unique opportunity to meet our friendly alpacas on the picturesque Softfoot farm. Upon arrival, your included home made morning tea awaits. Meet and feed our friendly, world class alpacas.

Southern Ocean Adventure
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Southern Ocean Adventure

NZ$68

This breathtaking tour departs from the Granite Island causeway past many offshore islands and spectacular cliffs. See seals, sea lions and dolphins along the way. Cruising through the Encounter Marine Park where we also view whales during the winter months when they migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters of Encounter Bay.

Victor Harbor Walking Tours
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Victor Harbor Walking Tours

NZ$42

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211 Australia See many of the old buildings and history of Victor Harbor. Followed by a return trip on the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram.

Reviews of Victor Harbor

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Ed

Jan 19, 2020

The cockle train and horse drawn tram

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Nice coastal town

5/5 - Excellent

Mrs

Oct 19, 2019

Nice ice-creamery, pleasant walk to Granite Island visited Goolwa and Murray river mouth.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

Lovely town and locality, great for a holiday.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 28, 2019

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

Excellent whale watching opportunities. Great visit to Goolwa Animal Farm.

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