Victor Harbor is located 80 kilometres, just under an hours drive, due south of Adelaide, South Australia.
This is one of the most popular coastal playgrounds in South Australia and has been a favourite holiday destination with families since the late 1800s. With sun, surf and sand, clear turquoise waters and stunning views, outstanding early colonial architecture, and good pubs, cafés and restaurants it’s easy to understand why. Everything you could possibly want for a satisfying holiday is close at hand.
The town overlooks the beautiful Encounter Bay with a coastline featuring the huge rock outcrop of The Bluff and the very popular Granite Island. The island is made special by having the world’s only daily Horse Drawn Tram service that began operating in 1886.
Many visitors travelling from the eastern states along the Great Ocean Road access Victor Harbor by crossing the Murray River at Wellington. The proximity to Kangaroo Island, to the River Port of Goolwa and to the southern wine region makes this a choice location to base a holiday. Encounter Bay is blessed with a classic Mediterranean climate that makes Victor Harbor a great destination all year round.
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. Learn more of the history and heritage at the Encounter Coast discovery Centre.
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.
Some of the 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.
There’s a choice of some of South Australia’s best surf beaches such as Waitpinga, Parsons, Chiton Rocks and Dump Beach. With two championship golf courses, a free public boat ramp, lawn bowls, croquet, picnic areas, skate parks, playgrounds, amusement park, bikeway, walking trails, caravan and camp grounds, there is something for everyone to enjoy a holiday in Victor Harbor.
The official population of the City of Victor Harbor as of the 30th June 2014, is 14,938.