Things to Do in Victor Harbor

With so many Victor Harbor attractions, what will you choose?

Looking for activities, attractions and kid-friendly things to do in Victor Harbor? Read on to gather all the ideas you need to plan a fun-filled, adventure-packed trip to our beautiful region in South Australia

Why visit Victor Harbor?

Victor Harbor on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula is located only 80 kilometres (just under an hour’s drive) south of Adelaide in South Australia. One of the most popular coastal playgrounds in South Australia and a favourite with Adelaide locals, Victor Harbor has been a sought-after holiday destination for families since the late 1800s. The proximity to Kangaroo Island, the River Port of Goolwa and the Southern wine region makes this a brilliant location in which to base a holiday.

Victor Harbor Attractions

With clear turquoise waters, sun, surf, stunning views, early colonial architecture and fantastic Victor Harbor pubs, cafés and restaurants, it’s easy to understand why. Everything you could possibly want for a perfect holiday is close at hand.  Victor Harbor has all your outdoor activities covered with two championship golf courses, a free public boat ramp, lawn bowls, croquet, picnic areas, skate parks, playgrounds, an amusement park, a bikeway, walking trails and a range of accommodation options.

And that’s in addition to all the amazing family-friendly facilities we have on offer within our Victor Harbor holiday park including mini golf, waterslides, swimming pool, jumping pillow, scooter hire, bike hire, moped hire and more! 

Surf Beaches: Venture out of the harbor and choose from some of South Australia’s best surf beaches such as Waitpinga, Parsons, Chiton Rocks, Middleton and Dump Beach.

Fishing: There are loads of fishing spots on the beach close to the Murray Mouth (at Goolwa) or offshore reefs for anglers wanting to head out to sea.

Kid Friendly and Family Friendly Attractions

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. The trip takes 30 minutes each way. https://www.steamrangerheritagerailway.org/our-trains/cockle-train/

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.
https://www.urimbirra.com.au/

Granite Island Recreation Park – meander the 2.9km walking trail, admire the sculptures, book a guided penguin tour and enjoy dolphin and whale watching.
https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Fleurieu_Peninsula/granite-island-recreation-park

Softfoot Alpaca Farm near Victor Harbor – Enjoy a morning tea indoors, then go outside for an ATV (all terrain vehicle) ride which gives you the chance to see native Australian animals such as kangaroos and koalas and of course, Alpacas.
https://www.softfoot.com.au/

Horse Drawn Tram – this is a ride along the causeway from Victor Harbor to Granite Island.
Check back on their website for opening times: http://horsedrawntram.com.au/

Seal Island Tour –  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/

Whale Watching:  Some of Australia’s best land-based whale watching can be enjoyed between May and October each year when Southern right whales visit. Find where the best vantage points are located and learn more about these fascinating mammals at the SA Whale Centre.

Beautiful Encounter Bay

Learn about the history and heritage of Encounter Bay at the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre.  The coastline of Encounter Bay features the huge rock outcrop of The Bluff and the very popular Granite Island. The island is one of a kind, featuring the world’s only daily, horse-drawn tram service which began operating in 1886.

The Encounter Bikeway – cycle from Victor Harbor to Hindmarsh Island – 30 kilometres of scenic coastal cycling
https://www.victor.sa.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/bikeway.pdf

Historic Goolwa

On the other side of Victor Harbor lies Goolwa, a port on the Murray River. Popular spots to visit include Coorong National Park and Hindmarsh Island. There are a variety of cruises and day trips on offer to explore these areas.

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.

To find out more about the range of fun activities and attractions in and around Victor Harbor and help you plan out your holiday, click below.

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