School holidays are just around the corner in South Australia and there’s activities-a-plenty here for our holiday visitors in Victor Harbor.
This year, the school holidays run from Saturday 6th July to Sunday 21st July. The long range weather forecast for the Victor Harbor township is showing a mix of mostly sunny with occasional showers, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to get out and about.
Read on for everything you need to know to keep your family entertained over the 2019 July holidays in Victor Harbor!
School Holiday Program at South Australian Whale Centre
The SA Whale Centre offers a program for children every school holidays. Activities centre around marine life and include hands-on activities over 3 floors of educational and interactive exhibits. As it’s currently whale season, the July program will naturally focus on whales. Bookings are essential and there are various packages available. See https://www.sawhalecentre.com.au/education-tours-groups/school-holiday-program/ for further information.
Victor Harbor Craft and Plant Market
Get yourself down to the Victor Harbor Craft and Plant Market held on Sat 7th July. This is an indoor market (hello rainy day activity!) offering a range of organic produce, fresh plants, handcrafted gifts, jewellery and much more. The market is open from 9.30am – 2.00pm at Carrickalinga House (look it up on Google Maps) just 5 minutes drive from our park.
Cars ‘n’ Coffee
Don’t miss Cars ‘n’ Coffee at McDonalds Victor Harbor from 8am – 10.30am on Sunday 14 July. Here you and the kids can check out classic cars and hotrods and have a chat to the owners about their pride and joy. McDonalds is on Cnr Torrens and Hindmarsh Road – just 5 mins drive from the park, or there’s another meeting spot at Ocean Street, just a block south of Maccas.
Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Tours
For an adventure, check out Waitpinga Farm Quad bike tours where experienced guides take you on a tour of a working farm. Age 12+, beginners to experienced riders. www.waitpingafarm.com.au
Seal Island Tour
Book a Seal Island Tour by Big Duck Boat Tours to make the most of the whale season – and see seals, sea lions, dolphins and sea birds up close. This family-friendly cruise takes you from Granite Island Causeway past the horse tram route and out to the open ocean to Seal Rock. https://www.thebigduck.com.au/sealislandtour/
The Cockle Train
A family holiday to Victor Harbor would not be complete without an experience on the Cockle Train. The train chugs along the oldest steel-railed train track in Australia as it heads from Goolwa to Victor Harbor and back, offering spectacular scenery along the way. Operating every day over the July school holidays, the trip takes 30 minutes each way. https://www.steamrangerheritagerailway.org/our-trains/cockle-train/
Goolwa Animal Farm
Rated the number 1 activity in Goolwa, the Goolwa animal farm offers interactive animal experiences with farm animals and Australian native animals set amongst beautiful countryside. Kids will love being able to pat guinea pigs, rabbits and goats, there’s also pony rides, trailer rides, play areas and a kiosk with coffee and snacks. See https://www.goolwaanimalfarm.com.au/ for more info.
While swimming with tuna is probably off limits for most people in the winter months (brrrr, chilly!) the Oceanic – famous for their Aquarium Swim tour, kindly offer a Winter Platform Experience. You can stay dry and cosy in a luxury catamaran and be transported to the Oceanic platform in Encounter Bay where there is tuna feeding, you can touch a shark and enjoy the underwater observatory tunnel. With a licensed bar and hot drinks it’s a lovely outing even in the cooler weather. https://www.oceanicvictor.com.au/
There’s more Victor Harbor activities to enjoy in July:
Urimbirra Open-Range Wildlife Park – pet koalas and kangaroos, feed emus and spot dingos, lizards, wallabies and wombats. You can pack a picnic or use the BBQ’s. Cafe onsite too.
Granite Island Recreation Park – meander the 2.9km walking trail, admire the sculptures, book a guided penguin tour and enjoy dolphin and whale watching.
The Encounter Bikeway – cycle from Victor Harbor to Hindmarsh Island – 30 kilometres of scenic coastal cycling https://www.visitalexandrina.com/see-and-do/attractions/goolwa/encounter-bikeway
Softfoot Alpaca Farm near Victor Harbor – Enjoy a morning tea indoors, then go outside for an ATV ride which gives you the chance to see native Australian animals such as kangaroos and koalas and of course, Alpacas.
Horse Drawn Tram – this is a ride along the causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island. This attraction is currently closed and due to reopen sometime in June 2019.
Check back on their website for updates: http://horsedrawntram.com.au/
Can’t make it in July? Start planning your holiday for September 2019 when our new double waterslide tower and 9 hole mini golf course will be open and ready to go! Be one of the first to try them out!