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.

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Ports, Golf and Islands

Top hotels in Victor Harbor

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
Anchorage Seafront Hotel
3.5 out of 5
21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, SA
NZ$89
per night
23 Oct. - 24 Oct.

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! (781 reviews)

"Good contact, kind staff, excellent food, beautiful setting with view to the Bay"…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep. 2019

Anchorage Seafront Hotel
McCracken Country Club
McCracken Country Club
3.5 out of 5
Mccracken Drive, McCracken, SA
NZ$120
per night
17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,137 reviews)

"Can't wait to again very enjoyed our holidays aee you there"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2019

McCracken Country Club
The Bluff Resort Apartments
The Bluff Resort Apartments
4 out of 5
123 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay, SA
NZ$167
per night
4 Nov. - 5 Nov.

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! (491 reviews)

"The room had everything you needed and was convenient."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2019

The Bluff Resort Apartments

Popular activities in Victor Harbor

South Australian Whale Centre
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South Australian Whale Centre

4.5/5(14 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(23 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$43

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$124

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$150

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.

Southern Ocean Adventure
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Southern Ocean Adventure

NZ$69

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.

Alpaca Farm 1 Hour Tour
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Alpaca Farm 1 Hour Tour

NZ$52

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.

Murray Mouth Cruise
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Murray Mouth Cruise

NZ$43

Visit the Coorong seal colony and feel the Storm Boy inspired region. Depart Goolwa Main Wharf and cruise downstream through the lock in the Goolwa Barrage and down the final stretch of the Murray to where the river meets the sea.

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