Things to Do in Victor Harbor

With so many options, what will you choose?

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

With clear turquoise waters, sun, surf, stunning views, early colonial architecture and fantastic pubs, cafés and restaurants- it’s easy to understand why. Everything you could possibly want for a perfect holiday is close at hand.  We’ve got 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 caravanning and camping grounds.

Beautiful Encounter Bay

Encounter Bay was named in 1802 by the famed navigator and mapmaker Captain Matthew Flinders of the Investigator after his encounter with French explorer Nicholas Baudin on board Le Geographe. You can learn more about our history and heritage at the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre.

  • Family Friendly Activities: There are a number of family-friendly activities in the area. Jump aboard the rattling Cockle Train for a steam rail experience travelling along the coast to Port Elliot and Goolwa, following the path of Australia’s first public railway.
  • Granite Island: 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, having the world’s only daily, horse-drawn tram service which began operating in 1886.
  • Whale Watching:  Some of Australia’s best land-based whale watching can be enjoyed between May and October when Southern right whales visit Encounter Bay. Find where the best vantage points are located and learn more about these fascinating mammals at the SA Whale Centre.
  • Surf Beaches: You can choose between some of South Australia’s best surf beaches such as Waitpinga, Parsons, Chiton Rocks and Dump Beach.
  • Great Ocean Road: Many visitors travelling from the eastern states along the Great Ocean Road access Victor Harbor by crossing the Murray River at Wellington.

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.

Spirit of the Coorong Cruises

Spirit of the Coorong Cruises offer 2 hour, 4 hour, and 6 hour cruises from Goolwa, only  twenty minutes from Victor Harbor, to the River Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. A long, narrow and shallow lagoon stretching more than 100 kilometres from the...

Big Duck whale-watching & dolphin cruises

Big Duck Boat Tour is a spectacular ocean experience. Explore inaccessible areas of the coastline in our 7.3m expedition-style rigid inflatable boat (RIB). See beautiful seabirds in their natural environment. Dolphin watching and seal watching is also possible on most...

SA Whale Centre

Learn all you’ll ever need to know about whales with a visit to the South Australia Whale Centre. An educational attraction, the centre is great for all ages to enjoy and features a number of informative exhibits, displays and artefacts. The Victor Harbor region has a...

The Steam Ranger

The Steam Ranger, or Cockle Train, is a beautifully restored, fully working, steam train. It chugs along the coast between Victor Harbor and Goolwa with literally everyone you see waving up at you! It’s a beautiful way to spend a morning and kids love sitting in the...

Deep Creek Conservation Park

The largest remaining natural vegetation in the Fleurieu Peninsula region, Deep Creek Conservation Park features a range of local wildlife and beautiful scenery that looks as though it’s been lifted straight off a postcard. Exploring the park is a definite must for...

Granite Island

Granite Island is known for its wildlife, especially the adorable, little penguins that live on the shores of the island. As they are wild, their presence isn’t guaranteed, however, if you do happen to glimpse these gorgeous animals you won’t be disappointed. The...

Urimbirra Open-Range Wildlife Park

Located in the Hindmarsh Valley, Urimbirra Open-Range Wildlife Park is home to more than 400 native Australian animals including dingoes, crocodiles, wallabies, wombats and koalas. As you wander around the park, you’ll also see some alpacas, sheep, rabbits, guinea...

Historic Horse Drawn Tram

Clydesdale horses transport visitors over the “Causeway” to the beautiful Granite Island. An iconic activity in the region, the Victor Harbor Tramway has been ferrying people by horse-drawn tram carriage to and from Granite Island since 1894. Combining transport with...

Oceanic Victor

Swim with the tuna on Granite Island! Oceanic Victor’s secure aquarium is the best place in the world to get up close and personal with magnificent bluefin tuna – and the only place in South Australia where you can experience such a diversity of marine life in one...