Visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula With Pets

Looking for a pet-friendly park for you and your adventuring four-legged friend?

Stepping foot onto the Fleurieu Peninsula is the start of an unforgettable journey — one that’s even better shared with your four-legged companions. A mixture of stunning beaches, scenic walking trails, renowned wine regions, and inviting camping spots, this region of South Australia warmly welcomes you and your pets.

So leash up, pack some doggy treats, and start exploring this one-of-a-kind spot where you and your pet can see and enjoy something new every walk.

Top pet-friendly parks on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Victor Harbor Dog Park

If you’re looking for a perfect day out with your furry friend, try one of the local pet-friendly parks on our doorstep. Victor Harbor Dog Park. Nestled in the junction of George Main Road and Oval Park Road, this local gem is open all day, every day. A great spot for you and your four-legged friend, this is a place where everyone is welcome, with or without a dog.

The fully fenced park offers endless space for your canine companion to run, jump, and play to their heart’s content. For your convenience, there’s also car parking adjacent to the park at the Recreation Centre.

Keeping in mind the comfort and safety of your pooch, the park is divided into separate large and small dog exercise areas. You can choose to let your dog loose in either section, depending on their size or how they get on with other dogs.

And when all the running about leaves them panting, you don’t have to worry. The park provides two water stations to keep your dog well-hydrated. So, pack a doggy bag, grab the lead, and get ready for a fun-filled day at Victor Harbor Dog Park, a place where paws meet nature.

Port Elliot Dog Park

Part of the surrounding areas of Victor Harbor, located just off Kurramin Court, the Port Elliot Dog Park is a cherished local spot that’s open to visitors 24/7, with the exception of two days in mid-October during the Port Elliot Show. Established in 2013, this delightful park continues to evolve, thanks to the ongoing support and dedication of local residents, community groups, and park visitors.

Like the Victor Harbor Dog Park, Port Elliot is also a wonderful place for like-minded people to gather, socialise, and have a bit of fun while their dogs enjoy a healthy dose of exercise. It features a fully enclosed park (with an onsite car park), walking paths, and two separate dog exercise areas.

You won’t have trouble finding somewhere to sit and watch your dog run as there’s a range of seating options around the park, with each piece kindly sponsored by members of the community.

Barkers Reserve

Bring your furry friend along for a day of fun at Barker Reserve, situated opposite the Civic Centre and adjacent to Bay Road and the Inman River Bridge. More than a coincidental name, with its expansive green spaces, this pet-friendly park is a canine’s dream, providing plenty of room for chasing frisbees and getting to know other dogs.

With plenty of facilities on-site, you can stay for hours. While your four-legged mate enjoys romping around, you can make use of the free electric BBQ facilities for a picnic. And if your pet enjoys a good stroll, keep them close on-lead and explore the pet-friendly walking and hiking trails together. 

Kent Reserve

Nestled between the Inman River and Kent Drive is Kent Reserve.  This charming spot welcomes dog owners and their loyal companions to enjoy the peacefulness of the foreshore. Also a great picnic area, it’s a great place to spend a few hours of outdoor fun with your pet.

Let your dog enjoy the open space, sniffing out interesting spots and soaking in the fresh seaside air. Meanwhile, you can prepare a tasty BBQ lunch, with facilities readily available on-site.

It’s a great place for families to balance recreation and relaxation – and if you’re feeling like a second outing, you’ll only be a stone’s throw from Encounter Bay.

Onkaparinga River Recreation Park

If you and your companion are avid lovers of nature, the Onkaparinga River Recreation Park is your perfect destination. Nestled where the river spills onto the plains, it’s a fascinating wetland wonderland where your dog will relish exploring on a lead.

This park is not just a beautiful setting for an adventure; it’s a vital conservation area too. It safeguards an important breeding habitat for fish and is home to hundreds of native plant and animal species, some of which are rare. As you explore, you might spot some of the park’s endangered migratory birds– another key reason leads are required.

Whether you want to enjoy a leisurely walk with your dog along the wetland boardwalks, cycle on shared-use trails, or perhaps even kayak the calm waters, Onkaparinga River Recreation Park offers it all. What better way to bond with your four-legged friend than in this peaceful slice of nature?

Bring your notebook or yellow sticky reminders for your next visit, because just next door, is the Onkaparinga River National Park. While dogs aren’t permitted in this part of the reserve, it’s a must-visit for nature lovers. With cliff-top views, deep gorges, and rock-climbing opportunities, this park is an adventurer’s dream. You might catch sight of the western grey kangaroo, the common brushtail possum, or even hear the raucous cries of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo.

Soldiers Memorial Reserve

Situated centrally along the Esplanade, the Soldiers Memorial Reserve is a serene retreat where both you and your canine friend can unwind and revel in the beauty of Victor Harbor. With its stunning location on the foreshore, this reserve offers the best of coastal life while being one of our pet-friendly parks too.

The reserve is well-equipped to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable visit for you and your dog. Drinking fountains are conveniently placed throughout the area, making it easy for both you and your four-legged friend to stay hydrated during your escapades.

For barbecue enthusiasts, the reserve offers well-maintained BBQ facilities where you can whip up a delicious meal as your furry companion enjoys a break in the shade.

Little ones aren’t forgotten either; with a playground on site featuring both shaded and sunlit equipment, there’s something for every energetic youngster. And when it’s time for a break from the fun and games, the picnic area is a perfect spot to spread out a blanket and enjoy some quality time together.

Inman Valley

Maybe not the spot you considered when you thought of pet-friendly parks, but the walking trails of the Inman Valley are generally pet-friendly, provided dogs are kept on a leash. This beautiful trail is home to an array of natural landmarks and diverse bird life, making it an enjoyable outing for both you and your pet. 

Just a short drive from Victor Harbor, this spot offers a mix of easy, on-leash trails for casual strolls with your pet, and challenging hikes for the more adventurous of our four-legged friends. 

With an 8-kilometre return trip, it’s a relatively easy trek that showcases a rich array of natural landmarks and an abundance of bird life. The Spring Mount Southern Walk is another laid-back trail perfect for a leisurely outing with your dog, taking approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Keeping Victor Harbor's Reserves and Beaches Dog-Friendly

Victor Harbor and the Fleurieu Peninsula are proud to offer plenty of dog-friendly areas and pet-friendly parks residents and visitors alike to enjoy. However, to ensure these spaces remain safe and enjoyable for everyone, there are a few rules enforced by local councils.

Leashed Dog Areas

In specific reserves and pet-friendly parks, dogs must always be held on a 2-metre leash. These include:

  • Warland Reserve
  • Soldiers Memorial Gardens
  • Soldiers Memorial Reserve
  • John Simmons Park
  • CM Thorpe Park
  • John W Crompton Jnr Reserve

Also, dogs must be held on a 2-metre leash on all streets, roads, and other public places. And for the safety and preservation of wildlife, dogs are not permitted in any public lake.

Dogs on Beaches

Victor Harbor is home to some of the best beaches on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and many are popular spots for dog walks. However, during daylight saving time, dogs must be on a leash between the hours of 10am and 8pm. During non-daylight saving periods, leash hours are from 10am to 6pm.

Welcoming you and your pets to the Fleurieu Peninsula

This beautiful little stretch of coast is a place where both people and pets can unwind and connect with the beauty of nature. Our parks and serene trails welcome you and your four-legged friends to create unforgettable memories. Remember, the area’s unique charm is best experienced when everyone respects the local guidelines, keeping it a vibrant and safe place for all.

If you’re ever uncertain about bringing your pet to a particular park or trail, reach out to the local council for tips and information that will help make your adventure absolutely… pawfect.

Victor Harbor offers plenty of family fun, adventure and tours and attractions. But when the little ones have excess energy, a playground is a surefire way to get through it. 

Best Parks & Playgrounds Around Victor Harbor

George T Fisher Playground (Train Park)

Any list of parks or playgrounds in Victor Harbor or across the Fleurieu Peninsula isn’t finished until it includes the George T Fisher Playground, better known as the Train Park. Nestled at the entrance to the Granite Island Causeway, this standout playground promises a bundle of fun for all ages.

The Train Park has all you need for a brilliant day out. The main attractions include:

  • BBQ facilities for a sizzling family lunch
  • Toilets, because convenience matters
  • Play equipment to keep the little ones busy
  • Shade and fencing around the equipment for peace of mind
  • A relaxed picnic area and shelter to sit back and unwind

This isn’t just any park, it’s a snapshot of Victor Harbor life, showcasing our unique community spirit.

Designed with community ideas in mind, the Train Park reflects Victor Harbor’s distinctive character. You’ll spot local elements like granite, an island with a causeway, a fisherman’s shack, and railway-inspired features. It’s not just a playground, but a celebration of our local landscape and heritage.

Starfish Park

Starfish Park, a delightful retreat on Aquamarine Drive in Hayborough, is a playground that offers an abundance of play options for all ages, making it a family favourite in Victor Harbor.

Whether it’s a casual weekend outing or a special occasion like a birthday party, Starfish Park has all the essentials you need for a memorable day:

  • BBQ facilities for a delicious outdoor cookout
  • Toilets for convenience, including accessible facilities
  • A wide variety of play equipment for endless fun
  • Shaded areas to stay cool under the sun
  • A spacious picnic area and shelter to relax and enjoy your meal

A fun day awaits visitors. From a giant climbing frame that challenges children to reach new heights, to a flying fox that gives a thrilling ride, this park knows how to entertain.

Swings, a sandpit, an activity zone with a slide, climbing walls, a fireman pole, and bridge are all part of the package. This diverse array of features keeps the fun rolling for hours. 

And if you pack a football or a cricket set, Starfish Park can supply the large grassed space. There’s plenty of room to run around, kick a ball, or engage in other exciting outdoor games.

Victor Harbor Skate Park & Playground

Victor Harbor Skate Park & Playground, located along the beautiful foreshore at Flinders Parade, is a lively hub for youth and a beacon for skateboard, scooter and BMX enthusiasts.

The skate park and playground comes with a solid set of features:

  • Play equipment that’s all about fun and activity
  • An ideal location near other major recreation areas of Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor Skate Park enjoys a position right next to the foreshore. This popular hangout boasts a quality surface and ramps, offering an excellent challenge to skaters, scooter riders, and BMX riders of all ages.

For those who’ve brought along their wheels, the skate park offers a fantastic opportunity to burn off some energy. And with plenty of activities nearby, it’s a surefire way to keep the kids entertained for hours on end. 

Soldiers Memorial Reserve

Set along the scenic Esplanade, Soldiers Memorial Reserve is a vibrant garden retreat that combines playtime with a dash of history. With its inviting play equipment and abundant space, it’s a favourite spot for families in Victor Harbor.

The Soldiers Memorial Reserve comes packed with a wealth of features for a delightful day out:

  • BBQ facilities for a cook-up in the fresh air
  • Toilets for convenience, ensuring a comfortable visit
  • Play equipment for non-stop fun
  • Shaded areas to rest and cool off
  • A picnic area perfect for relaxed outdoor dining

At Soldiers Memorial Reserve, playtime is a big deal. Children will find a slide, a climbing tower with a pulley system, a seesaw, climbing ropes, a rocker, a tunnel structure, and swings to keep them entertained.

The Reserve also incorporates natural play elements, like the bluestone in the tunnel structure that symbolises Kondoli the Whale from the local creation story. 

This isn’t just a playground, it’s an opportunity for kids to explore, learn, and appreciate the natural beauty and history of Victor Harbor. With rows of iconic Norfolk Pines commemorating World War I and Canary Island Date palms lining the path nearby, Soldiers Memorial Reserve brings together play, nature, and history in a beautifully maintained setting.

Kent Reserve

Nestled between the Inman River and Kent Drive, Kent Reserve is a charming escape from the busier playgrounds in Victor Harbor. With its green, shady, and tranquil environment, it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic or a fun-filled day out.

Kent Reserve is teeming with amenities:

  • BBQ facilities for an outdoor cookout
  • Cycling paths for those who enjoy a ride
  • Accessible facilities, making it an inclusive space
  • Toilets for convenience
  • Play equipment for endless fun
  • Picnic areas for leisurely outdoor meals
  • Shelters to cool off under
  • Walking and hiking trails for those who love a good walk

Kent Reserve offers an abundance of space for picnics too, with plentiful tables, seats, and BBQ facilities. Kids have room to kick a ball, run around, and play under the big, shady trees. Though the playground itself isn’t shaded, there are plenty of spots to retreat from the sun on a hot day.

The Reserve also includes an adult outdoor gym, a small basketball court, and playground equipment that includes disability-access equipment. 

Finding more parks and entertainment for children in Victor Harbor

Girdler Family Amusements Victor Harbor

Whether you’re planning your next visit or looking for new playgrounds to explore, there’s always plenty of family fun at Victor Harbor

We’re more than happy to provide recommendations based on interests and ages, keep you updated on the latest park upgrades, and share news about new playgrounds opening up. We’re here to ensure your Victor Harbor experience is always fresh, exciting, and full of discovery. 

Contact us today, and let’s make your Victor Harbor adventure even more unforgettable.

Every season unveils something new on the Fleurieu Peninsula, making it a destination for all times and seasons of the year. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, adventure seeker, or lover of fine wines and arts, the Fleurieu Peninsula offers experiences that cater to every interest– no matter when you visit.

With an abundance of activities, vibrant festivals and events, and a range of must-do experiences, Victor Harbor is a place that always has something exciting to offer. From watching migrating whales to soaking up the local art scene and enjoying relaxing beach days, immersive cultural experiences, and seasonal events, this South Australian coastline has something for everyone… at any time.

Summer (December to February)

The heat of summer touches everything across Victor Harbor and the coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s a season of soaking up the sun, swimming in the crystal clear turquoise waters, and enjoying the thrill of summer adventure.

Surfing At Dump Beach

Water adventures

Whether you’re a surfing enthusiast or a novice at paddleboarding, summer is filled with adventures in Victor Harbor

Jet skiing and kayaking further add to the list of exciting adventures you can embark on, and even abseiling off the Bluff. Our coastlines, teeming with some of the best beaches in South Australia, become your playground, offering perfect swimming conditions and a serene environment to relax.

Waitpinga Beach

Bask on the Beach

If adrenaline-pumping adventure isn’t quite your thing, you’ll still get to enjoy the golden sands. With the charm of summer, you’ll feel yourself pulled to throw down a towel, open a book, and spend a leisurely day at one of Victor Harbor’s popular beaches

The charm of summer here is that it invites you to simply throw down your towel, open your book, and spend the day leisurely. As the sun warms the pristine sands, time tends to lose its essence. Here, the simple pleasure of feeling the sun’s warmth on your skin, listening to the rhythmic crashing of the waves, and diving into a captivating book defines a perfect summer day.

Waitpinga Farm Quad Biking Tours Victor Harbor South Australia

Discover Adventures and Tours

There’s no shortage of tours and attractions to embark on in Victor Harbor when the sun shines bright. 

Boat cruises are popular for the hotter end of the year, whisking visitors off on voyages through the waters of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Whether it’s spotting playful dolphins, lounging seals, sea lions, or the enormous cliffs across the coastline, these adventures are filled with stories to tell. 

And if you’d rather stay on land, there’s plenty to see and do too like quad biking at Waitpinga Farm or camping at one of Victor Harbor’s campgrounds.

Autumn (March to May)

As the summer heat makes way for the gentle coolness of autumn, the Fleurieu Peninsula transforms into a picturesque canvas painted with warm hues. Perfect for sunsets, picnics, and romantic getaways.

Autumn around the coast of South Australia is an unforgettable experience, presenting the region’s natural beauty in a unique, warm glow. Whether you’re a nature lover, an avid walker, or a wine enthusiast, autumn is a great time to visit.

Nature Walks in Victor Harbor

Stroll Through Parks and Reserves

Autumn’s weather invites you to stroll through the numerous parks and reserves dotted across Victor Harbor. While there aren’t too many native deciduous trees in South Australia, our plant life still enjoys exciting changes like the thick colourful flowers of bottlebrush trees.

Nurturing Mother And Child Walking Through The Vineyard. Mclaren Vale Vineyards Grapevines And Wineries In South Australia Fleurieu Peninsula.

Delve into wineries and local produce

Autumn is the most popular time to explore the wine regions of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Though… there’s rarely a ever bad time to enjoy the wineries and local produce of the area.

As the days grow milder, vineyards in the nearby regions, such as McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, come alive with the hustle and bustle of the harvest season. Tour the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and taste the nuanced flavours of their offerings.

Heysen Trail Waitpinga

Explore Hiking Trails and Walking Paths

For those who crave a longer exploration, the Fleurieu Peninsula of some of the best hiking trails and walking trails in South Australia. Wander along the coastal trails, where the sea and sky meet in a symphony of colours. If you’re keen, you can set foot on multi-day hikes like The Wild Coast Way (Heysen Trail) that will take you through the heart of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s landscapes, where each bend in the trail reveals something new.

Winter (June to August)

Don’t let the winter chill stop you from planning a trip to the Fleurieu Peninsula as it’s one of the best times to visit. The area, with its wealth of experiences, continues to shine, offering you a winter wonderland brimming with natural beauty, adventure, and warmth.

Winter here is more than just a chilly season; it’s a celebration of nature, adventure, and cozy comforts, proving that the region’s charm is truly year-round.

Whale jumping from South Australia Victor Harbor

Whale watching

Winter months mark the peak of the whale season, making it an ideal time for whale watching. Park yourself at one of the best spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula to go whale watching and see these unbelievable creatures leap from the ocean and carve through the waves.

Top Camping Spots

Embrace Outdoor Adventures and Cozy Nights

Winter is also a perfect time to embrace outdoor activities. Hop on a bike and enjoy a ride along our scenic paths like Encounter Bikeway, or tackle a walk along the coast. With a cooler climate, you’ll find these physical activities a little more comfortable and maybe even more enjoyable.

If you’re after a more relaxing day, pack a picnic lunch and head out for a short 15-minute walk to Hindmarsh Falls. The sight of water cascading onto the rocks below is a mesmerising winter spectacle you don’t want to miss.

And when the night falls and the temperature drops, our cozy bed-and-breakfasts become a welcoming retreat. Or if you prefer a night under the stars, you can cozy up in front of a roaring fire at one of our top campsites on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With a glass of locally-made wine or whiskey in hand and a plate of mouth-watering charcuterie made from fresh local produce by your side… this is what winter evenings are made of.

Coral Street Art Space First Nations Retail

Explore the Thriving Art Scene

If the winter breeze picks up a little too much for you or the family, winter is a great time to step a street or two back from the coastline and soak in the local art scene. The art scene here is vibrant and diverse with Victor Harbor’s rich First Nations and European history, offering an array of experiences:

Coral Street Art Space: This hub welcomes local and interstate artists to showcase their work. With monthly exhibits, it celebrates the thriving local culture and the talent of Indigenous artists.

Victor Harbor Artisan Markets: Discover a treasure trove of locally-made items. From arts and crafts to homemade gifts, this market reflects the free-natured spirit of our coastal community.

Victor Harbor Regional Art Gallery: Housed in the Old Bakery building, the gallery displays a diverse range of work from local artists. Discover a world of paintings, glass sculptures, fabric creations, and carved wooden pieces.

Spring (September to November)

When spring graces The Fleurieu Peninsula, it breathes new life into the land. With the sun shining bright, a gentle coastal breeze and the ocean shimmering in the daylight, it’s one of the best times of year to see local nature and wildlife in Victor Harbor.

Children enjoying Victor Harbor walking trail


The comfortable spring climate makes it an ideal time to indulge in bushwalking. On cooler days, you can explore the shady bush trails, enjoying the warmth of the sun filtering through the canopy. Each trail unfolds a new perspective, with rustling leaves and bird calls adding to your journey.

Spring also invites you to hike through the lush green hills that adorn the Victor Harbor landscape. With every step, you’ll witness the beauty of the season—wildflowers popping up through the grass, their vibrant colours decorating the verdant terrain.

Artisan Market

Enjoy local markets and fresh produce

Victor Harbor is a vibrant coastal town, offering plenty of shopping opportunities for families, boutique browsers or treasure hunters at local shops and markets

The town’s busy streets offer plenty of variety, with small boutiques, bustling markets, and independent local producers selling farm-fresh food like cheeses, wine and craft items. Perfect to fill a wicker picnic basket and head to one of our many parks and reserves to enjoy amongst nature.

food on the fleurieu peninsula

Explore the bustling restaurant scene

After a day of adventure, there’s nothing better than sitting down at one of Victor Harbor’s many restaurants. The food scene is growing every year and spring is a great time to enjoy local produce cooked by the experts. 

From casual eateries to waterside restaurants and fine dining experiments, you’ll be able to find a table perfect for the family or a romantic dinner. And if you’re more interested in eating casually or taking your food with you, Victor Harbor is home to plenty of cafes and takeaways too.

Not sure when to visit?

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a destination sparkling with a unique charm in every season. Whether you’re here to soak up the summer sun and surf our beautiful beaches, explore wine regions during autumn, see whales migrating in winter, or enjoy lush hikes in spring, there’s something for everyone all year round.

Our vibrant community, stunning landscapes, and rich history and culture make Victor Harbor and the whole Peninsula a perfect holiday spot no matter when you choose to visit. Every season unveils new experiences and adventures and we’re here to help you uncover them.

Take a look at some local itineraries– jam-packed with fun for all ages. Or learn more about what the area has to offer by reaching out and contacting us. Our team is always ready to assist, ensuring your time here is memorable, fulfilling, and filled with the best that South Australia has to offer.

At Victor Harbor, we’re not just about seasons; we’re about moments. Find out what’s on and come and make yours.

Top Spots to Surf on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Home to some of South Australia’s most enchanting beaches, the Fleurieu Peninsula hides countless pockets of surf spots that suit every skill level. From the golden sands of Victor Harbor to the rugged coastal beauty of Port Elliot, the Peninsula’s coastline is as diverse as it is breathtaking.

Whether you’re just finding your balance on the board or you’ve been surfing your whole life, the Fleurieu Peninsula has a beach break, reef break, or point break that’s just right for you. Amidst the backdrop of spectacular landscapes, you’ll discover spots that provide consistent surf, uncrowded lineups, and a genuine connection with nature.

Best surfing spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Middleton Beach Fleurieu Peninsula

Middleton Beach

This stretch of South Australia’s coastline is a wonderland for wave riders, regardless of their skill level. And it’s not just the surfers that are catered for. The white sands are an open invitation for those who prefer to kick back and bathe in the sun, while the intriguing rock formations at either end are a dream come true for keen photographers.

If you’re just starting or keen to try surfing, local surf schools, like Learn to Surf South Australia, operate from the shore. They’re more than ready to help you dive into your surfing journey– even providing surfboards to show you how. You just need to bring your spirit of adventure.

And, of course, there’s the charm of the surrounding village itself. The laid-back vibe of Middleton Beach is contagious—soaking in it is as refreshing as a dip in the ocean. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, the warmth of the community will make you feel right at home.

Waitpinga Beach

Waitpinga Beach

Just 15 km west of Victor Harbor, this surfers’ paradise on the Fleurieu Peninsula is easy to reach, with a scenic 3 km road leading right to the beach.

Surrounded by the towering Newland Head and Waitpinga Hill, the surf spot’s backdrop is as breathtaking as the waves. The 3.1 km long beach, neighbouring Waitpinga Creek, and a peaceful lagoon provide a serene contrast to the bustling surf scene.

The beach’s southern exposure beckons consistent high swells. The combination of alternating bars and rips results in dramatic beach breaks capable of holding impressively high waves. Add in the strong, permanent rips near each headland and the 300m rocky stretch south of Newland Head, and you have a challenging but rewarding surf experience. One that’s probably better suited to experienced surfers than those with training wheels on their boards.

But even for the experienced surfer visiting… remember, the beach’s dynamic surf conditions suggest that it’s safer to surf in company. So before you grab your surfboard and head out, grab your mates and bring them along too. 

Surfing At Dump Beach

Parsons Beach

A stone’s throw or short paddle away from Waitpinga Beach, you’ll find its understated neighbour, Parsons Beach. This surf spot is an exposed beach and reef break, promising a fair amount of surf consistency, though it tends to mellow out during the summer months.

Gifted with the ideal wind direction from the north, Parsons Beach gets the best out of groundswells, particularly those coming from the southwest. This alignment sets the stage for a beach break that serves up both left and right-hand waves, making it a perfect playground for surfers of all stripes.

In addition to the beach break, Parsons also boasts both left and right reef breaks, offering an extra dose of surfing excitement. Good news for those who like to time their visits—this beach offers good surf at all tide stages, so you’re in for a treat whenever you decide to paddle out.

Parsons Beach doesn’t draw as large a crowd as Waitpinga, even on days when the surf is up. This makes it an outstanding choice for those seeking a quieter, less crowded surf experience while still enjoying the beauty and thrill of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Surfboard At Parsons Beach

Dump Beach

When it comes to surfing spots with character, “The Dump” in Port Elliot certainly stands out. Don’t let the name fool you—this exposed reef break offers a surfing experience that’s far from lacklustre. Known for its reliable surf conditions, The Dump is a spot that can work its magic any time of the year.

The key to The Dump’s impressive surf is the offshore winds that blow from the north, along with groundswells ideally coming from the south. This combination creates the perfect setting for both left and right-hand reef breaks. 

Despite its appealing surf conditions, The Dump is rarely as crowded as other well-known surf spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula. This offers a somewhat exclusive surf experience on the South Coast, with ample room to catch your wave undisturbed. But keep in mind, that this surfing spot requires caution due to rocks and the potential presence of sharks.

Wave In Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor, Shark Alley

Tucked within Adelaide’s vibrant coastal stretch, Victor Harbor offers more than just an idyllic holiday location. It’s home to an exposed beach and reef break, known as “Shark Alley,” which as a surf spot, promises fairly consistent surf conditions throughout the year, although it tends to lean towards the calmer side during the summer months.

Perfectly situated to catch the offshore winds blowing from the north, Shark Alley’s surf mainly benefits from groundswells, with the optimum swell angle coming from the southwest. This wind and swell combination brings to life a beach break that offers both left and right-handers. 

An advantage of Shark Alley is that you can enjoy good surf at all stages of the tide. And despite the high-quality surf, it’s unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Though it can be calm at times it’s almost always suited to beginners and young surfers that are keen to learn.

Tips for surfing the top spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Surfing on the Fleurieu Peninsula is an experience like no other. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or just starting out, these tips will help you make the most of your surf adventure.

Check the surf forecast

Understanding the surf forecast is crucial to a successful surf trip. This can help you determine the best time and place to catch a wave. Look for information on swell size, direction, and wind conditions.

Dress for the conditions

The Fleurieu Peninsula can experience a wide range of weather conditions, so it’s important to dress appropriately. In warmer months, a light wetsuit or rash vest will suffice, but in winter, you may need a thicker wetsuit, booties, and even gloves. Always check the water temperature before you go.

Learn from the locals

If you’re new to the area, take some time to watch the locals and learn from their techniques. Always follow surfing etiquette—wait your turn, don’t drop in on others, and always respect the locals and the environment (including the wildlife who enjoy the waves).

Be Mindful of Safety

The ocean can be unpredictable, and safety should be your top priority. Always check for any warning signs before entering the water. Be aware of the potential for strong currents, rocks, and marine life, including sharks. Never surf alone and if you’re not confident, consider booking a lesson with a local surf school.

For more help finding the best surfing spots on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Whether you’re learning to surf, or looking for the biggest waves on this coast of Australia, we’re always ready to help you make your surfing adventure as exciting as it can be. 

If you have any questions about our surf spots and beaches, or surfing Victor Harbor and surrounding areas, please feel free to contact us.

Only an hour south of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor has cemented itself as a go-to fishing destination for many anglers in SA after a quick escape and productive options.  

One of the real plus points of the area is the family-friendly and low-fuss land-based fishing on the doorstep of Victor Harbor, which doesn’t require you to own a boat, or a huge financial outlay to enjoy. You can easily sneak a line in between shopping and sightseeing while in the area, or make a day of it, and still reasonably expect to catch your tea and have a fun time – it’s extremely convenient! 

From jetties, sheltered shorelines, and rivers, to high-energy beaches, you’re well catered for at Victor Harbor if you don’t have a boat. Let’s take a whirlwind look at where to start. 


A fishy focal point for visitors to Victor Harbor is the jetty structures of the area, which provide safe and easy access platforms for anglers of all experience levels. 

The Screwpile Jetty on Granite Island is probably the most productive Victor Harbor jetty and has produced some remarkable captures of mulloway, big sharks, kingfish, and snapper in the past. It’s probably most noted however for its consistent catches of squid when the water is clear, to go with trevally, mackerel, tommies, and salmon of mixed sizes. At night various shark species are also likely for mad-keen anglers, and it is a spot that can truly provide the odd surprise capture. The nearby rock ledges can also give up similar species, albeit they’re trickier to fish. 

The lengthy and newly updated causeway that you walk across to Granite Island to reach the Screwpile Jetty is also fishable for squid, snook, tommies, garfish, and other species. A good tip is to try using floats for squid and others here as the weedy bottom can be unforgiving if you fish too deep. The causeway is long enough to ensure you travel light when fishing on Granite Island, and it’s not uncommon to see local anglers using trollies to transport their gear to the island – take only the essentials if you can. 

The other option is the Bluff Jetty, which is reached by driving up the short unsealed road just past the local boat ramp, and Whalers Seaside Dining restaurant. The Bluff Jetty fishes much the same as Screwpile, although is considerably smaller in size. It’s a case of first in best dressed for the best position on this small but productive structure, that’s ideally tucked inside the point to offer great wind protection. Big squid and tommies are a specialty here, but again a spread of species is possible. 

The Bluff Jetty at Victor Harbor
The Bluff Jetty, Encounter Bay


Sheltered, family-friendly beach fishing can be found in the more sedate waters of the Victor Harbor foreshore. The foreshore beach extends from the boat ramp, right through to Chiton Rocks, offering both sheltered water to the medium intensity conditions closer to Chiton.  

The Victor Harbor foreshore provides shallow water fishing for garfish, salmon, mullet, the odd whiting, and flathead, plus a mixture of other species. Try using a little berley to bring the fish to your area and you should rustle up a feed here. 

As you head out of town towards Chiton Rocks, the extra wave action and water depth will encourage bigger fish closer to the beach. Gummy and elephant sharks, rays, mulloway, salmon, and many other fish are caught along here. It can be worth fishing at night if chasing bigger targets in the area, but daytime is productive for many of the smaller species. 


Kings Beach regularly appears in fishing reports from the area, and is located to the right of The Bluff and Petrel Cove just outside of Victor Harbor, and is accessed via a short dirt road that ends at an obvious car park, with a lookout that you can use to spot whales over the cooler months or simply absorb the stunningly rugged coastal vista before you. From here the walk to Kings Beach is around 10-minutes or so along the Heysen trail. 

While the beach can be productive, it’s usually the lagoon that’s the centre of angler attention given it provides calm water and consistent fish. The lagoon is actually a fish trap constructed by the Ramindjeri Aboriginals and is a classic example of an intertidal fish trap. By building up the outer edge with rocks, on a low to medium tide fish are largely bound inside the confines of the lagoon. It works too, with schools of mullet sometimes stuck inside making for easy pickings, with garfish, salmon trout, tommies, and various rock species typical catches as well. 

Mullet Off Kings Beach
Mullet at Kings Beach
Fishing Off Kings Beach
Kings Beach

Waitpinga and Parsons Beaches

Surf fishing is a crowd puller to the Victor Harbor area, with the most high profile beaches being Waitpinga and the nearby Parsons. Conveniently they’re only 15 minutes away or so from Victor Harbor, and both have reputations for great salmon fishing. 

Boardwalk access is possible to Waitpinga at several points, including both ends of the beach. Parsons and Waitpinga have a mutual carpark, where you can look over the respective beaches, and sometimes even spot salmon schools. Thankfully there are access points here if you do happen to spy some! 

Both beaches, but especially Waitpinga, are known for their dependable gutter formations, and in season (roughly April to September) you’ll catch salmon of all sizes more trips than not, with yellow-eye mullet also a regular (and tasty) catch. Sharks after dark, and the odd mulloway are possible also. Even if you’re not fishing these beaches are spectacular locations to visit and admire. 

Waitpinga Salmon
Waitpinga Salmon
Waitpinga Beach Fishing
Waitpinga Beach


A great contingency for the beaches and offshore fishing in the area, when it’s windy, is chasing black bream in Victor Harbor’s rivers and lakes.  

The Hindmarsh and Inman rivers, both of which are quite narrow, are easily found in town and have populations of bream of all sizes and yellow-eye mullet. The fish here can become quite wily given the tight water, and minimalistic rigging and stealthy bait and lure tactics are best.  

Encounter Lakes is a manmade lake system basically in the middle of Victor Harbor located at Encounter Bay as you head towards The Bluff, just past the local hospital. The lakes are lined with residential properties, reserves, and the odd public park and beach. For anglers, there are multiple access points to the water around the lake, with the two public parks having beaches that are used regularly by those launching kayaks.  

Black breams are a popular catch in the lakes and are caught around any artificial structure in the system and from the sandy flats, and it’s a sneaky little option to consider. All fish in the lake must be returned, however, and not kept. 

All in all, Victor Harbor is perfectly positioned to offer you a diverse shore fishing experience within easy striking distance of the city. When visiting call into Tonkins Sports and the BCF store for all your bait and tackle, with other select service station outlets also providing supplies – happy shore fishing! 

Encounter Lakes Bream
Encounter Lakes Bream
Encounter Lakes
Encounter Lakes, Victor Harbor

There are plenty of great places to go camping in Victor Harbor and across the Fleurieu Peninsula. But, before you roll up your swag and pack your car, get recommendations on top spots to visit, tips to get there, and places to explore.

Top Spots for Camping Along the Fleurieu Peninsula

Victor Harbor Holiday Park Waterpark And Waterslides

Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park

When it comes to family-friendly camping, Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park is a top contender. Nestled in a spacious and leafy setting, this camping ground offers plenty of room for you and your family to spread out and enjoy the great outdoors.

If you’re travelling with kids, the park has a range of facilities to keep them entertained. From waterslides to a swimming pool, and a large children’s playground, there’s never a dull moment. Meanwhile, parents can relax and unwind on the expansive lawns or at the camp kitchen, equipped with all the essentials to prepare meals.

Victor Harbor Holiday & Cabin Park also offers a range of accommodation options, including cabins, villas, chalets, and units. These are perfect for groups of friends or young people who want to experience the camping lifestyle with a few added luxuries. All accommodation options are fitted with comfortable beds, air-conditioning, and modern amenities, making your stay as comfortable as possible.

With its proximity to the heart of Victor Harbor, guests can easily access local attractions such as Granite Island, the horse-drawn tram, and the town’s many shopscafes, and takeaways. Plus, with the park situated just a short walk from some of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s best beaches, you can enjoy a refreshing swim or a leisurely stroll along the sand.

Irene Valli Waterpark Nrma Victor Harbor

NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park

If you’re looking for a peaceful and picturesque camping ground in Victor Harbor, then NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park is an excellent choice. Nestled right by the water, this park offers a stunning location with easy access to the beach.

For those who love fishing and boating, this holiday park is a perfect spot. With a boat ramp located just a stone’s throw away, you can easily launch your boat and head out onto the sparkling blue waters of Encounter Bay. Meanwhile, the park’s calm waters make it perfect for young children to swim and paddle safely.

NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park offers a range of accommodation options, from powered and unpowered campsites to self-contained cabins. The park’s sites are spacious, level, and shaded, providing a comfortable and relaxing stay. Guests can also enjoy the park’s facilities, including the camp kitchen, barbecue areas, and children’s playground.

And if you’re into glamping in Victor Harbor, this location also offers the newly added safari tents. Each of these offers easy access to the beach and views stretching to Encounter Bay.

With its prime location, NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park is just a short stroll away from the town centre, where you can enjoy a range of dining options, like restaurants or cafes and takeaways, shopping, and local tours and attractions such as the South Australian Whale Centre, and the Urimbirra Wildlife Park.

Adare 8

Adare Camp & Caravan Park

This camping spot is typically focused on school groups, but Adare Camp & Caravan Park is a must-visit destination. Located in the nearby suburb of McCracken, Adare is steeped in history and offers a range of accommodation options for large groups, weddings, and families.

Adare’s most iconic feature is the historic Adare Castle, which provides a stunning backdrop for weddings and other special events. The park’s facilities are perfect for large groups, with plenty of space to set up camp and enjoy the great outdoors.

Adare is also a dog-friendly site, so your furry friends can join you on your camping adventure. With a range of facilities, including a camp kitchen, BBQ areas, and a children’s playground, you’ll have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Plus, with the park located within easy distance of many walking and bike trails, you can explore the beautiful scenery of the Fleurieu Peninsula at your leisure.

Waitpinga Beach Fishing

Newland Head Conservation Park

If you’re a nature lover, surfer, or swimmer, then Newland Head Conservation Park is a must-visit destination in Victor Harbor. Located between the stunning beaches of Waitpinga and one of the other best beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula, Parsons Beach, this park offers a unique and secluded camping experience.

Newland Head Conservation Park is perfect for those who love the ocean. With its close proximity to the beach, visitors can enjoy a range of activities such as fishing, swimming, and surfing. However, it’s important to note that Waitpinga Beach is not manned by lifeguards, and can produce a strong swell, so it’s only recommended for strong swimmers and surfers.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the park offers plenty of opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Visitors can explore some of the best walking trails and hikes the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer along the stunning coastal cliffs, spot local wildlife, or simply relax and soak up the serene surroundings.

Newland Head Conservation Park offers a range of camping options, from basic bush camping to more developed campsites with amenities. With its secluded location and stunning views, it’s the perfect spot for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse themselves in nature.

Choosing the Best Camping Spots Along the Fleurieu Peninsula

Camping along the Fleurieu Peninsula is an adventure that’s not to be missed. 

So, pack up your tent, load up the caravan, or roll up your swag, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable camping adventure in one of Australia’s best places to camp. With its stunning coastal cliffs, sparkling blue waters, and abundant wildlife, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to explore.

For advice on choosing the best camping spot along the Fleurieu Peninsula for you or your family, pop by the Victor Harbor Information Centre for personal advice and recommendations. Or, feel free to contact us online for local tips and suggestions for travelling.

The Fleurieu Peninsula is a seaside playground. Hosting some of South Australia’s best beaches, it’s a must-visit for swimmers, surfers, sunbathers, and whale watchers.

Pack your beach bag and head to one of the best beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Top 10 Beaches along the Fleurieu Peninsula

Port Elliot's Horseshoe Bay

Port Elliot's Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay is a breathtaking cove promising serenity and family fun. This sheltered beach with its crystalline waters and golden sands is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and rock pool exploring. With abundant marine life and a unique shoreline, this is a true gem waiting to be explored.

Nearby, visitors will have the opportunity to explore clifftop walking trails with panoramic views of the enchanting bay and nearby islands. During cooler months of the year, the clifftops are one of the best spots to whale watch in South Australia.

Middleton Beach

Middleton Beach

For those with a passion for surfing, Middleton Beach is the place to be. This long stretch of South Australian coastline offers perfect conditions for all skill levels. The pristine white sand invites sunbathers, while rock formations at either end of the beach provide a scenic backdrop for avid photographers. 

Visitors can join a local surf school, like Learn to Surf South Australia, or simply soak in the laid-back atmosphere of this charming seaside village.

Encounter Bay

Encounter Bay

Encounter Bay is central to a wide range of adventures across the Fleurieu Peninsula. This vast expanse of turquoise water is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, hosting exciting activities like abseiling, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, and scuba diving.

The rugged coastline is interspersed with small sandy coves, perfect for a secluded picnic or a romantic getaway. If you’re visiting, be sure to check out the historic whaling station and Bluff lookout, both offering sweeping views of the bay.

Nearby, visitors can forget about walking and try their hand at riding the Encounter Bikeway, an on-road and shared trail that links  Victor Harbor and the riverport town of Goolwa, via the coastal towns of Port Elliot and Middleton.

Goolwa Beach

Goolwa Beach

At Goolwa Beach, miles of unspoiled shoreline and rolling sand dunes create an otherworldly landscape. 

Somehow balancing itself as a perfect spot for a leisurely walk or a 4WD adventure, Goolwa Beach offers activities for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Visitors can try their hand at sandboarding on the colossal dunes, or be captivated by the abundant birdlife and seasonal whale watching opportunities.

Normanville Beach

Normanville Beach

Normanville Beach is a slice of paradise ideal for families and relaxation seekers. Its calm, shallow waters make it perfect for young swimmers, while the extensive stretches of soft sand invite long beachcombing sessions. 

Nearby, visitors can try the local cafes and eateries, or indulge in a horseback ride along the shoreline for a truly memorable experience.

Blowhole Beach:

Blowhole Beach

Nestled within the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Blowhole Beach is an idyllic haven for those seeking seclusion and natural beauty. 

Accessed via a scenic drive and a short hike, this hidden gem rewards visitors with its turquoise waters, rocky outcrops, and thriving marine life. Perfect for snorkelling, fishing, and wildlife spotting, this beach is an unspoiled sanctuary worth the journey.

Waitpinga Beach

Waitpinga Beach

Waitpinga Beach is a rugged, windswept paradise for surfers and anglers alike. 

Known for its wild waves and abundant fish species, this untamed stretch of coastline is ideal for those seeking an adrenaline rush. 

The towering cliffs and dramatic coastal scenery make for an awe-inspiring backdrop, while the neighbouring Waitpinga Conservation Park offers ample opportunity for bushwalking and birdwatching.

Nearby, visitors can explore Parsons Beach, another secluded favourite. Parsons Beach is known by locals as a fishing and surfing favourite and another must-visit.

Sellicks Beach

Sellicks Beach

The drive down to the shoreline of Sellicks Beach offers a unique, exhilarating experience as you descend the steep hill, revealing panoramic views of the expansive coastline. 

Sellics Beach is known for its firm sand, making it possible for cars to easily navigate. During warmer months, the beach is a popular spot for visitors parking cars along the sand, and enjoying picnics.

The beach’s southern end has an off-leash dog area, making it a popular spot for a family outing with furry friends.

Port Noarlunga South

Port Noarlunga South

Port Noarlunga South is a vibrant beach, with popular aquatic activities and a remarkable reef. 

The protected waters of Port Noarlunga Aquatic Reserve make it a popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are plenty of colourful fish and coral formations hidden beneath the surface to be explored.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk along the esplanade, take a dip in the calm waters, or relax on the golden sand.

Second Valley

Second Valley

Second Valley is a secluded cove nestled between rugged cliffs and dense foliage. It’s a perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle and just… relax. 

But if you’ve got a sense of adventure, Second Valley can offer that too. Visitors can wander along the historic jetty, discover rockpools, or embark on a coastal walk up the cliffside to discover stunning views from the clifftops.

Visiting Victor Harbor

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a wild adventure, or a nature lover looking for a laidback experience, the Fleurieu Peninsula boasts some of South Australia’s best beaches, each with its own unique characteristics and attractions.

For more information on each of these beaches, or recommendations along the Fleurieu Peninsula, please feel free to contact us to learn more. 

If you’re interested in travelling and exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula, Victor Harbor is a great central point, offering options for local events, places to eat and drink, and more. Explore accommodation in Victor Harbor now, or contact us for more advice.

Whale watching has become one of the most popular activities for visitors to South Australia, and for good reason. With diverse marine life, stunning landscapes, and incredible encounters with nature and wildlife, it’s no wonder that people from all over the world travel across the world to this little pocket of Australia to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

For the best chances of spotting whales during your visit, it’s recommended to book a whale-watching tour with an experienced guide who knows the best spots for whale sightings or talk to the friendly team at the South Australian Whale Centre

If you’d like to learn more about whale watching in South Australia with some local tips, feel free to reach out and contact us.

What whales will you get to see from South Australia?

The most common sightings of whale watching in South Australia are Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales. Further offshore with guides, visitors might be lucky enough to spot toothed whales such as sperm whales, pilot whales, and even orcas. 

The largest animal in the world, the blue whale, can also be spotted feeding offshore from Kangaroo Island and the Bonney Coast.

Best times for whale watching in South Australia

The best times for whale watching in South Australia vary depending on the species and annual migration you hope to see, but in general, the whale-watching season runs from May to October.

The annual migration of whales to South Australia occurs during the cooler months of the year, when they mate, give birth, and nurse their young. For the best chances of sighting whales, visit South Australia between June and September.

May to October is the most popular time to go whale watching in South Australia. During these colder months, the southern right whales and humpback whales are the most commonly spotted species.

Just a slightly smaller window, during May to October, you can still see southern right whales and humpbacks, but a higher chance of seeing blue whales.

Best spots in South Australia to go whale-watching

South Australia is home to some of the best whale-watching locations in the world, and each offers opportunities beyond seeing the world’s biggest mammals. These spots offer unique experiences, from the rugged coastline of the Eyre Peninsula to the family-friendly activities at Victor Harbor

Regardless of where you choose to go, be sure to keep an eye out for these incredible creatures and remember to respect their space by keeping a safe distance.

Victor Harbor and the Fleurieu Peninsula

Located just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, Victor Harbor is one of the most popular whale-watching locations in South Australia. Being a breeding ground for Southern Right Whales, and a stop-in for passing Humpback Whales, there’s good reason.

You can see them passing from the coastline at scenic locations such as:

  • The cliffs at The Bluff
  • Nakurami Kondoli, the whale lookout at Encounter Bay
  • Basham Beach at Middleton
  • Frenchman’s Lookout at Port Elliot

Simply pack a picnic rug filled with food and local produce from Victor Harbor, find a spot, and maybe even a pair of binoculars. And if you don’t fancy your luck from the shoreline, you can contact us for some recommendations on local whale watching tours. If you’re lucky, you might even get to spot seals, sea lions, and dolphins as well.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts, and whale watching is one of the most popular activities on the island. The area is home to a diverse range of whale species, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, and Blue Whales. Whale watching tours depart from Kingscote and Penneshaw.

Eyre Peninsula

The Eyre Peninsula is a remote and rugged location that is well-known for its whale watching opportunities. The area is home to a wide range of whale species, including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, and Blue Whales. Visitors can take a whale watching tour from Port Lincoln or Coffin Bay.

How to tell the difference between whales in South Australia


When it comes to coloration, Southern Right Whales are typically dark grey or black, with white patches called callosities on their heads, which serve as a unique pattern for each individual.

Humpback Whales, conversely, display a more varied color palette, ranging from dark grey to black on their dorsal side, with white or mottled white on their ventral side. Their flippers also exhibit unique patterns, aiding in individual identification.

Tail displays

Tail displays and fluke patterns are other telltale signs of a whale’s species is its tail displays and fluke patterns. Southern Right Whales have a broad and smooth tail fluke with a relatively straight trailing edge. They are less likely to lift their flukes out of the water when diving, making it slightly more challenging to observe their tail patterns.

Humpback Whales, in contrast, boast large, distinctive flukes with a serrated trailing edge. As they dive, they often lift their flukes high above the water, providing a familiar sight. Keen observers can use this opportunity to identify the individual based on the unique patterns found on the underside of their flukes.

Dorsal fin and head shape

Another aspect to consider when differentiating between Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales is the appearance of their dorsal fins and head shape. Southern Right Whales have a distinct lack of a dorsal fin, which sets them apart from other whale species. Their heads are also more rounded and wider, giving them a somewhat bulbous appearance.

Humpback Whales, in comparison, have a small, triangular dorsal fin that sits on a hump, a feature that has inspired their name. Their heads are narrower than those of Southern Right Whales, and they have elongated pectoral fins that can reach up to a third of their body length, contributing to their more streamlined appearance.


Whales also have distinct behaviours that can help you identify them. For example, Southern Right Whales are known to be more social and often swim in close groups, while Humpback Whales are more solitary and tend to travel alone or in small groups.

Tips for whale watching in South Australia

The Big Duck Boat Tour whale watching

When choosing a whale watching tour operator, make sure they are licensed, experienced, and follow responsible whale watching guidelines. Supporting operators that prioritise the welfare of the whales, such as those who maintain a safe distance and limit the number of boats around the whales can help us enjoy sharing the world with these creatures for years to come.

If you’re watching whales from a boat, always follow the captain’s instructions and stay seated while the boat is moving. Don’t make any sudden movements or loud noises that could startle the whales.

Big Duck Boat Tours in Victor Harbor might be one of your best choices for whale watching in the area, with opportunities to head offshore from Granite Island to see seals, dolphins, seabirds, and whales. You can visit their website to learn more or contact us.

When watching whales from the shore, always be aware of your surroundings and keep a safe distance from the water. Never approach whales or other marine wildlife, and always follow any signage or instructions from local authorities.

If you’re having trouble spotting whales, try fixing your eyes on the horizon, using your peripheral vision to notice breaches as they happen.

For more help exploring Victor Harbor and the South Australian coastline

Aside from whale watching, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy in South Australia. While you’re on the coastline, you can enjoy nature and wildlife by exploring some nearby walking trails, or go wine tasting in the picturesque wine regions of South Australia, filling your picnic basket with local produce to take with you.

No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in this beautiful little part of the world.

Contact our friendly team for more information and recommendations for Victor Harbor whale watching.

Victor Harbor, a Central Wine-Lovers Destination

Victor Harbor, located on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, is a picturesque coastal town that offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, surrounded by world-class wineries and local produce

With its sparkling blue waters, rugged cliffs, and pristine beaches, Victor Harbor is a hidden gem that is perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway in South Australia. But what many people may not know is that this charming town is also surrounded by some of the best wine regions in the country. 

From the famous McLaren Vale to the lesser-known but equally impressive Currency Creek, the surrounding areas of Victor Harbor are home to some of the most renowned wineries in Australia. 

So whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, Victor Harbor offers a wine lover’s paradise that is sure to please.

Wine regions of South Australia surrounding Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor’s home, the Fleurieu Peninsula, is home to several wine regions that are known for their high-quality wines. The three main regions in and around Victor Harbor are McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, and Currency Creek.

McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale region, located just 30 minutes south of Victor Harbor, is one of the most famous and respected wine regions in Australia. 

Known for its warm climate and rich soils, McLaren Vale is home to more than 80 wineries and produces a wide range of varietals including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and many more from famous wineries like d’Arenberg, Wirra Wirra, and Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards.

The McLaren Vale is known for its full-bodied red wines, particularly its Shiraz, which is widely considered to be one of the best in the country. The region’s warm climate, combined with its unique terroir, creates ideal growing conditions for Shiraz grapes. 

As well as Shiraz, McLaren Vale is known for other rich varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, which is known for its intense flavours of blackcurrant and cassis, and Grenache, which is known for its spicy, fruity, and medium-bodied wines. 

And if you’re a fan of white wines, the region also produces a variety of decadent options, including Chardonnay, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Langhorne Creek

Langhorne Creek is one of Australia’s emerging wine regions and is known for its rich soils and Mediterranean climate, which is perfect for growing a wide range of varietals including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and many more.

Just 45 minutes from Victor Harbor, the region is particularly known for its smooth, full-bodied red wines, particularly Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The warm and consistent climate, combined with its rich soils, creates ideal growing conditions for these varietals. And, like McLaren Vale wines, the wines produced in Langhorne Creek are known for their rich, complex flavours, and strong tannins.

Langhorne Creek also produces less common varietals such as Malbec, which is a deep, rich, and full-bodied wine, as well as Tempranillo, which commonly holds a brighter, more spiced flavour.

As well as reds, the region also produces a variety of decadent white wines, including Verdelho, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. 

With so many options, Langhorne Creek offers visitors a chance to explore and taste the diverse range of wines while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the region. Many wineries offer tastings, tours, and events, and visitors can also explore the local farmers’ markets, art galleries, and craft shops.

Currency Creek

Currency Creek is a wine region located in South Australia, about 25 minutes southeast of Victor Harbor. It is a lesser-known but equally impressive wine region compared to its more famous neighbours, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. The region is known for its cool climate, which is perfect for growing a range of varietals including Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and more.

The cool climate of Currency Creek creates an ideal environment for white grape varieties such as Riesling, which produces wines with high acidity and bright fruit flavours. Chardonnay also does well in this region, producing wines with a good balance of acidity, fruit, and oak. The region is also known for its sparkling wines, particularly produced from the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals.

Like other South Australian wine regions, the climate at Currency Creek produces a range of red wines, such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. But because it’s a touch cooler, the wines of Currency Creek are known for their elegant and refined flavours, with less intense tannins compared to their warmer climate counterparts.

South Australian Wineries to try around Victor Harbor

If you’ve booked accommodation in Victor Harbor, you’ll be pleased to know that many wineries around you offer visitors the opportunity to explore their vineyards and enjoy wine tasting. 


Located in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg is one of the most famous wineries in the region. They produce a wide range of varietals including Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their flagship wine, “The Dead Arm” Shiraz, is widely considered to be one of the best wines in Australia.

Lake Breeze 

Located in Langhorne Creek, Lake Breeze is a family-owned winery that produces a wide range of varietals including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Their “Lionel’s Reserve” is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, and is known for its rich, full-bodied flavour.


Also located in Langhorne Creek, Bleasdale is one of the oldest wineries in the region. They produce a wide range of varietals including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Their “Frank Potts” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Malbec, and is known for its complex and rich flavour.

Gipsie Jack: 

Located in Currency Creek, Gipsie Jack is a boutique winery that produces a wide range of varietals including Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. Their sparkling wines are particularly noteworthy and their “Gipsie Jack Blanc de Blanc” is a must-try for sparkling wine lovers.

Finding wine-tasting destinations

These are just a few examples of the many wineries in the region and their popular varietals and notable wines. Victor Harbor offers a perfect getaway for wine enthusiasts and tourists looking to explore the diverse wine regions of South Australia while enjoying the stunning coastal scenery. With its picturesque town, great wineries, and a variety of activities, it’s a must-visit destination for any wine lover.

Please feel free to reach out and contact us. Our dedicated, friendly team help travellers to be inspired with tips and advice on things to see and do, upcoming events, and food and wineries in the area. 

Book a visit to Victor Harbor and taste some of South Australia’s best wines and explore what the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer.

Types of wedding venues in South Australia and the Fleurieu Peninsula

The Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia offers a range of diverse and unique wedding venues, each with its own character and charm. Some of the most popular venue types in the area include:

Beachfront venues

For those who dream of a seaside wedding, the Fleurieu Peninsula has plenty of beautiful beachfront venues to choose from. From intimate coves to sprawling bays, you can exchange your vows surrounded by the stunning South Australian coastline.

Vineyard venues

If you’re a wine lover or just enjoy beautiful lush greenery and rolling hills, then a vineyard wedding may be the perfect choice for you. The Fleurieu Peninsula has many beautiful vineyards, offering a unique and sophisticated setting for your special day. Enjoy delicious wine, stunning views, and a picturesque ceremony surrounded by the rolling hills of the vineyard.

Garden venues

For those looking for a more natural and relaxed or homely atmosphere, a garden wedding could be a perfect choice. The Fleurieu Peninsula has several charming garden venues, from lush botanic gardens to quaint cottage gardens, each offering a serene and romantic setting for your wedding.

Historical venues

If you’re looking for a touch of history and elegance, then a historical venue could be the choice for you and your partner. The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to a number of heritage-listed buildings and historical sites, including elegant mansions, charming cottages, and grand estates. Each of these venues offers a unique and sophisticated atmosphere for your special day.

Rustic venues

For a more rustic or down-to-earth celebration, a rustic venue could suit your celebration. The Fleurieu Peninsula has several charming barns, farmhouses, and rural venues, each offering a unique and relaxed atmosphere for your wedding.

Top Wedding Venues on the Fleurieu Peninsula and in Victor Harbor

King’s Beach Retreat

King's Beach Retreat Wedding Venue

King’s Beach Retreat is a truly unique and unforgettable wedding venue located in Waitpinga, on the Fleurieu Peninsula. With 360-degree views over King’s Beach, this exclusive waterfront venue is the perfect choice for couples looking to exchange their vows in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

This boutique venue offers the best of both worlds, with the convenience and luxury of on-site accommodation and the beauty of the beach. Whether you’re looking to host an intimate ceremony or a larger celebration with up to 150 guests, King’s Beach Retreat has everything you need to make your special day truly unforgettable.

With jaw-dropping views and a relaxed but charming atmosphere, this venue is perfect for couples who want to enjoy their wedding day in an elegant yet laid-back setting. Whether you’re looking to spend time exploring the local area, or simply taking in the beauty of the surroundings, King’s Beach Retreat is the perfect choice for any couple looking to make their special day unforgettable.

Victor Harbor Golf Club

Victor Harbor Golf Club Wedding Venue

The Victor Harbor Golf Club offers breathtaking views and superb food and wine. Whether you’re looking for a chic and modern celebration or a traditional and classic affair, this venue has everything you need to make your special day unforgettable.

With its convenient location right in the heart of Victor Harbor, the golf club is the perfect choice for couples looking for a venue that’s easy to access and close to all the best local attractions. The club seats up to 180 guests, providing ample space for a large and lively celebration.

The venue also features a spacious dance floor and space for a band or DJ, making it the ideal choice for couples who love to dance and have a good time. Whether you’re looking for a formal sit-down dinner or a more relaxed buffet-style affair, the club’s culinary team will work with you to create the perfect menu for your celebration.

Lost Phoenix Farm

Lost Phoenix Farm Wedding Venue

Lost Phoenix Farm is a stunning wedding venue located in the heart of Hindmarsh Valley, on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Surrounded by rolling hills and natural beauty, this idyllic venue is the perfect choice for couples looking for a destination wedding.

At Lost Phoenix Farm, the focus is on fresh and seasonal produce, delicious local wines, and impeccable service. Whether you’re looking to host a romantic ceremony or an elegant reception, the venue has everything you need to make your special day unforgettable. The venue can seat up to 200 guests and offers a range of facilities and services, including catering, wedding planning, and more.

Not only is Lost Phoenix Farm the perfect place to exchange your vows, but it’s also the ideal backdrop for a rustic post-wedding photoshoot. With its setting and views, you’ll be able to capture the beauty of your wedding day and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The McCracken Country Club

Mccracken Country Club Wedding Venue

The McCracken Country Club is the perfect wedding venue for couples looking for spectacular panoramic views and the best food and wine the region has to offer. This venue specialises in conferences and weddings, so you can trust that they will have the experience and expertise to help make your special day a success.

With its luxurious accommodation, the Country Club is the perfect choice for couples looking for a venue that offers everything they need in one convenient location. Whether you’re looking for a charming garden ceremony or a more traditional indoor celebration, this venue has the space and facilities to accommodate your every need.

The venue seats up to 200 guests, making it the perfect choice for couples looking to host a large and lively celebration. With its stunning views and excellent food and wine, your guests are sure to be impressed by the beauty and elegance of this venue.

Activities for you and your guests to enjoy while in the area

The Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia is a beautiful and diverse region, offering a range of attractions and activities for couples and their guests to enjoy. The local area is home to many popular tourist destinations, outdoor activities, and dining options, making it a great destination for your wedding celebration.

Beautiful Beaches

The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some of the most stunning beaches in South Australia, like Encounter Bay and Waitpinga, making it a great destination for outdoor activities and beach weddings. Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun or enjoy a romantic getaway, you and your guests will find a beach that will leave you impressed. 

Vineyards and Wineries 

The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to a number of picturesque vineyards and wineries, offering couples and their guests the opportunity to sample some of the best local wines. Whether or not you plan a romantic vineyard wedding, you and your guests will have opportunities to explore some of the best wine Australia has to offer around the Fleurieu Peninsula and across South Australia.

Scenic Walking Trails 

The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to a number of beautiful scenic walking trails and bike trails, offering couples and their guests the opportunity to explore the local scenery and wildlife. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll along the beach or you want to challenge yourself with a more strenuous hike, the Fleurieu Peninsula has a trail to suit every style and ability.

Local Dining

The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to a range of fantastic dining options, from casual cafes and takeaways and restaurants in Victor Harbor to sophisticated bistros and bars. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two, or you want to celebrate with friends and family, you’ll find the perfect dining option in this vibrant and bustling region.

Planning your perfect day

The Fleurieu Peninsula is one of South Australia’s best destinations for couples looking to tie the knot. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and diverse range of wedding venues, it’s no wonder that more and more couples are choosing this area for their special day. From beachfront venues and vineyard venues to more rustic garden venues and beyond, the Fleurieu Peninsula has the perfect wedding venue for any couple.

The facilities and services offered by these venues perfectly match their scenery, providing everything you need for a truly memorable celebration. From catering and accommodation to wedding planning and more, the wedding venues in the Fleurieu Peninsula have everything you need to create a truly unforgettable experience.

So why wait? If you’re looking for the perfect wedding destination, look no further than the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. Whether you’re planning a small and intimate celebration or a grand and elaborate affair, this region has everything you need to make your special day unforgettable. Reach out to the Victor Harbor Visitor Centre and contact us for more helpful advice and to start planning your dream wedding today!


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