Family Friendly Things to Do in Victor Harbor

The Victor Harbor region is a welcoming place for families and a haven for both young and old, whether you’ve got tiny toddlers or increasingly independent teens. Rediscover the summers of your childhood with your own family.

Victor Harbor has changed a lot over the years. Our small coastal community has expanded and modernised, with plenty more amenities and things to do; even the walking trails are more accessible than ever before. The kids are sure to love it just as much as you did in the days of your youth.

Victor offers a multitude of activities to do in nature. And, if the weather turns, there’s even more to explore indoors.

For accommodation, families can camp in one of the many camping spots on offer, stay in the heart of town, or settle in at one of the local caravan parks, complete with water parks and outdoor play areas. Discover our top family friendly things to do in Victor Harbor.

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Outdoor Activities in Victor Harbor

Summer is the time to put away the screens and embrace nature. Luckily, in Victor Harbor, there are plenty of fun ways to make that happen. Take the Victor Harbor Horse-Drawn Tram to explore nearby Granite Island and see the magnificent granite boulders.

Take the kids to try surfing with lessons at nearby Middleton, or just head to the beach for a family day out. If that’s not their style, you can also fish, snorkel, jetski, kayak, or canoe the waters nearby.

Kayak through the Inman Valley up the Inman River, navigating through picturesque nature reserves. Or, spot whales, dolphins, and sea lions on the Big Duck Boat Tour. Or get up close and personal with the animals at Urimbirra Wildlife Park or Softfoot Farm.

If water sports aren’t your thing, take the short walk to see Hindmarsh Falls and take a picnic lunch for the kids. Or, go on one of the many longer coastal trails in the area. Hire bikes from Victor Harbor for the whole family and explore the nearby Granite Island where the kids can check out the granite rocks, spot seals, or play a round of mini-golf.

Older teens and active families can attempt the cycle to historic Goolwa, a 30km ride in total. There are plenty of stops along the way. Best of all, you can take the iconic Cockle Train back to Victor Harbor, marvelling at the view along the way. Teens will also love quad biking over the rolling hills at Waitpinga Farm.

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Indoor Activities in Victor Harbor

The sun is often shining in Victor Harbor, but if not, there are plenty of family friendly things to do in Victor Harbor that will keep you and your little ones out of the rain. Relax and unwind with a movie in town at Victa Cinemas, or try your hand at axe throwing. Visit the South Australian Whale Centre where you can learn all about these majestic creatures and take part in the interactive exhibits.

Visit the iconic Horse Drawn Tram and admire the view across the harbor or jump on the Cockle Train, Australia’s oldest railway line, check out the motor museum at Goolwa, or browse the shops at Port Elliot.

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Take the Horsedrawn Tram to Granite island

Take the family on the Historic Horse Drawn Tram over the causeway to Granite Island. Pulled by the beautiful Clydesdales, the Tram is one of only two remaining horse drawn trams in the world that operate a daily service and offers majical views of the island, the Bluff and back to the foreshore.

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Chop It Axe throwing in Encounter Bay, just a couple of minutes from Victor Harbor is a family friendly space, offering a range of food and drinks, plus activities and games for both adults and the little warriors in your clan, including rubber axes and targets.

Great for a family activity indoor activity.

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    Fleurieu Marine Education
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    Sparking curiosity of the maritime world through exciting and engaging educational programs

    Victor Harbor Walking Tours
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      Discover Victor Harbor on foot with an interactive and informative tour.

      Venture Victor
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        Bike and Paddleboard hire right on the Causeway.

        Canoe the Coorong
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          Glacier Rock
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              Wild South Coast Way
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              Explore one of South Australia’s most stunning multi-day hilkes

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                The Pirate’s Seachest
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                  Fresh locally caught seafood in Victor Harbor.

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                      Ocean Living Surf School
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                        One Paddock Currency Creek
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                          Mount Compass Golf Course
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                            Picturesque Golf course minutes from Victor Harbor.

                            Cut Hill Distillery
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                              Cut Hill Distillery is committed to exploring our Australian whisky roots, tapping into the history books, and evolving the traditions of old.

                              Artisan Markets Victor Harbor
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                                A Marketplace of Makers, Designers, Doers and Dreamers

                                Waitpinga Farm Quad Bike Adventures
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                                  Victor Harbor Visitor Centre
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                                    Expert local knowledge at your fingertips.

                                    Victor Harbor Beachside Markets
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                                        Inman River Trail
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                                          Hindmarsh River Trail
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                                            Hindmarsh Falls Walk
                                              Hindmarsh Falls Victor Harbor

                                              Picturesque falls hidden in Hindmarsh Valley.

                                              Heritage Trail, Heysen Spur Trail
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                                              Heritage Trail, Heysen Spur Trail

                                              Amazing views of the Victor Harbor coastline from Granite Island.

                                              Heritage Discovery Trail
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                                                Victor Harbor has a rich and diverse history, with stories told through many of our built heritage places.

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                                                  Digital art installation on Victa Cinema

                                                  Fleurieu Beach Volleyball
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                                                    Beach Volleyball in Victor Harbor.

                                                    Spinway Bike Hire
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                                                      Convenient Bike Hire taking you places you want to go.

                                                      Victor Harbor Regional Gallery
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                                                        Granite Island is one of the most recognised ecological attractions in Victor Harbor.

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                                                        SA Whale Centre, the one stop shop for whale discovery.

                                                        Pirate’s Sea Charters
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                                                        Private Boat Charters around the Encounter Bay area.

                                                        Adare Camp and Caravan Park
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                                                          The iconic ‘Adare’ provides a unique mix of traditional camp and tent style accommodation, cabins and caravan sites

                                                          Off the Bluff Abseiling
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                                                            See The Bluff from a different angle.

                                                            Nangawooka Flora Reserve
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                                                            Granite Island is one of the most recognised ecological attractions in Victor Harbor.

                                                            Kool Tours
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                                                            Kool Tours is an authentic tribal experience through Southern SA.

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                                                              You can expect natural wines, grapes left on skins (skin contact wines), wild ferments and new and refined approaches to the classic wines Australians know and love.

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                                                                Granite Island

                                                                Amazing views of the Victor Harbor coastline from Granite Island.

                                                                Hindmarsh Falls
                                                                  Hindmarsh Falls Victor Harbor

                                                                  Picturesque falls hidden in Hindmarsh Valley.

                                                                  Encounter Bikeway
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                                                                  An on-road and shared trail that links the coastal city of Victor Harbor and the river port town of Goolwa, via the coastal towns of Port Elliot and Middleton.

                                                                  Genesis Tour & Charter
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                                                                    Providing Bus tours and hire options for the Fleurieu Peninsula.

                                                                    Fleurieu Aquatic Centre
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                                                                    Modern swimming and fitness centre on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

                                                                    Whale Walk – Encounter Bikeway
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                                                                    Spot whales from the shore on this self-guided walk along the coast.

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                                                                    Victor Harbor’s yoga and wellness studio.

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                                                                      Bicycle and E-Bike hire in Victor Harbor

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                                                                      Wright Island Big Duck Boat Tours Victor Harbor

                                                                      Encounter breathtaking coastal views, fertile farmland and the rich cultural history in the vibrant heart of the Fleurieu; Victor Harbor.

                                                                      Granite Island Recreation Park
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                                                                      Granite Island

                                                                      Granite Island is one of the most recognised ecological attractions in Victor Harbor.

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                                                                      Big Duck Boat Tour Waitpinga Cliffs, Victor Harbor

                                                                      Discover the spectacular views of Encounter Bay or book a tour of the spectacular local area.

                                                                      Victor Harbor National Trust Museum
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                                                                      Relive the whaling, shipping and railway days of early Victor Harbor. Visit the Victor Harbor branch of the National Trust SA’s museum and see how the early settlers lived and how the visitors holidayed.

                                                                      Victa Cinema
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                                                                      The beautiful, historic Art-deco Victa Cinema.

                                                                      Big Duck Boat Tours
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                                                                        Explore inaccessible areas of coastline and islands around Victor Harbor.

                                                                        Victor Harbor Farmers Market
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                                                                          Showcases regional produce from across the Fleurieu Peninsula.

                                                                          Horsedrawn Tram
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                                                                            Ride the historic Horse Drawn Tram across The Causeway to Granite Island. The Tramway commenced operation in 1894 and is one of two remaining in the world that operate a daily service.

                                                                            Softfoot Farm Tours
                                                                              Softfoot Alpaca Farm By Jon Wah

                                                                              A unique opportunity to get up close with Alpaca’s and enjoy our Australian farm lifestyle.

                                                                              Walking Trails & Biking Trails
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                                                                                Walk or cycle every inch of the rugged coastline of Victor Harbor and or venture further afield and explore the surrounding area.

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                                                                                Sample the best food and wine South Australia has to offer with fresh local produce and award-winning wines.

                                                                                Whale Watching
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                                                                                  Watch the gentle Southern Right Whales and Humpbacks as they glide through our glimmering waters on their annual migration.

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                                                                                    Switch off your devices and reconnect with the great outdoors. Discover some of the most beautiful camping spots in our great region.

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                                                                                    Disconnect from the world on secluded beaches, traverse bushland trails or try your luck spotting our rich local flora and fauna.

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                                                                                      Live like a local at the farmers’ market with in-season local farm-fresh produce and delicious artisan foods.

                                                                                      SOMA Health & Beauty
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                                                                                        Offering waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures, massage, facials, spray tans, back treatments and scrubs.

                                                                                        Harbor Collective on the Fleurieu
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                                                                                          Showcasing a range of products created by Artisans, Makers and Creators from across the Fleurieu and Hills.

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                                                                                            Take a step back in time and experience Victor Harbor’s rich First Nations culture and 200-year-old European history.

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                                                                                              Pick up a paintbrush and unleash your creativity at an artist’s workshop, or wander the local galleries and marvel at the diversity of our local artists.

                                                                                              Coral Street Art Space
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                                                                                              The Coral Street Art Space encourages the development of a creative cultural industry in Victor Harbor.

                                                                                              Family Fun
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                                                                                                From mini-golf and bike riding to laid-back beaches that will keep the kids entertained for hours, discover South Australia’s favourite family holiday destination.

                                                                                                Escape It
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                                                                                                Challenge yourself and your friends with an immersive Escape It experience.

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                                                                                                  Dunes Mini Golf
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                                                                                                    Picturesque Mini Golf by the beach.

                                                                                                    Girdler Family Amusements
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                                                                                                      Be entertained in true seaside fashion by the Girdler Family with their range of family amusements; located at the end of the causeway, Victor Harbor.

                                                                                                      Urimbirra Wildlife Park
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                                                                                                      Hands on family friendly animal experience.

                                                                                                      Chop It Axe Throwing
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                                                                                                      Challenge yourself and your friends with chopping good fun while axe throwing.

                                                                                                      All Sweets and Treats
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                                                                                                        All the sweets and treats one could dream of.

                                                                                                        SteamRanger Heritage Railway
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                                                                                                        Ride the Heritage Railway along the picturesque coast.

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                                                                                                          Embark upon a daring adventure, like a hair-raising abseil down the cliff at The Bluff or a wild quad biking escapade.

                                                                                                          Peninsula Taxi Service
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                                                                                                            Lost Phoenix Farm
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                                                                                                              NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park
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                                                                                                              Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park
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                                                                                                              Victor Harbor Holiday Park Waterpark And Waterslides

                                                                                                              Stay at the Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park in the picturesque seaside town of Victor Harbor, South Australia, and make your next holiday a memory to last forever.

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