Five Days Beachside with the Family
Escape the city and reconnect with your loved ones with a beachside family holiday in Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay, only an hour away from Adelaide. Breath in the fresh sea air and dig your toes into the pure white sand in one of the many pristine beaches along our famous Fleurieu coastline.
Enjoy the family friendly hospitality and the and the seaside charm of the Victor Harbor township and the many family friendly activities that this region has to offer. Victor Harbor is the perfect destination to make long lasting memories on a beachside family holiday.
Take a short stroll or horse tram ride over the wooden causeway that connects the mainland at Victor Harbor to Granite Island Recreation Park.
The island is characterised by huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen, with the sound of waves crashing against rocky shores a stirring soundtrack to your visit.
Enjoy the coastal scenery and discover the island’s interesting history along the Kaiki Walk or go fishing from the jetty, or causeway (no fishing from breakwater). You may even spot a southern right whale between June and October.
Start your day off beachside with a healthy or full breakfast at Qahwa (kah-wa) Coffee Roasters, just on the Foreshore, on Bridge Terrace. Sit back and enjoy your coffee while the kids play in the sand on the volley ball courts. Qahwa offers breakfast with a difference and caters for many dietary tastes.
Head out for a day full of adventure with a genuine Alpaca Farm experience at Soft Foot Alpaca Farm only 12 minutes by car from centre Victor Harbor. Soft Foot Alpaca Farm is a Sanctuary and Genetic Ark for endangered Australian Marsupials and a large forestry project aimed at reducing our carbon footprint. Explore the dynamic country side and native wildlife in the 4×4 Terrain buggies and meet the world class alpacas and rare endangered marsupials in the purpose built enclosures. Spot Kangaroos and Koalas in their natural environment while you learn about life on an alpaca farm.
The Soft Foot Alpaca Farm offers private farms tours throughout the day and nocturnal adventures after dark. They also offer luxury accommodation on site in their tranquil retreats nestled in Softfoot’s bushland.
Onsite at the Soft Foot Alpaca Farm is the award winning Swagman Country Dining @ Softfoot restaurant. Swagman Country Dining is a ‘slow food experience. Take the time to savour lunch or dinner with lovingly prepared food with a difference.
This experience offers regionally sourced meats, seafood and produce are flame grilled and topped with the unique flavours of the Australian bush.
Swagman Country Dining @ Softfoot is open for lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 12pm – 4pm and dinner on Friday & Saturday – 6pm – 10pm.
After a full day on the farm it might be tie to relax and enjoy the local beaches of Victor Harbor and surrounds. Encounter Bay is a great place for an afternoon with the family. The long sandy beaches and shallow waters make it an ideal place for the family to enjoy. Dip your toes in the water or take a walk along the beach while enjoying the views of the bluff and surrounding islands.
For an afternoon snack, coffee or even an ice-cream, head over to Yilki Café just across from the beach in Encounter Bay. If you would like something more substantial, check out the Beach house, a favourite hang-out for locals with a licensed bar with pizzas and Indian cuisine on the menu. Look out for the musicians playing. This hidden gem is known for hosting popular musicians with gigs going late into the evenings.
For today’s breakfast, why not head down to the Causeway Café where you can sit in or out while you watch the Clydesdales getting ready for their day ahead.
Next, cross the road head passed the Whale Centre and along Railway Plaza toward the Victor Harbor Train station. This railway is home to the Cockle Train which travels along oldest steel railway in Australia dating back to 1854. This is a great way to travel, enjoy the coastal views and explore the surrounding towns.