Discover the Heritage of Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor has a rich history, both with the local Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri people as well as having an interesting European discovery. In the past, the area also attracted attention due to its natural history and notable geological features. Victor Harbor also provides visitors with a remarkable historical experience, as they can (quite literally) walk the steps of history and see so many of the original historical landmarks that were put into place hundreds of years ago.
Victor Harbor was originally known as “Victoria Harbour”, but was changed by Captain Richard Crozier, who named it Port Victor in 1837. After several name changes, the town was eventually reverted back to Victor Harbor in 1914. The incorrect spelling of the word “harbor” was simply said to be a mistake at the time, applied to six South Australian harbors at the time.
The History of Victor Harbor
The Ramindjeri people were the original custodians of the Victor Harbor region, which they called “Wirramulla” until they were gradually displaced by European invaders in the 19th century. Matthew Flinders founded Victor Harbor in 1839.
For years, the region was an important port, known for whaling and fishing. Settlers in the region also took up the grazing of sheep and cattle. The municipality of Victor Harbor was named in 1914 but Victor Harbor wasn’t declared a city until the year 2000.
A Thriving Modern City
Today, Victor Harbor has become a bustling modern community. The community leaders have built strong ties with the local First Nations people and, above all, want to ensure that their history is acknowledged and preserved for future generations.
Victor Harbor also has a renewed appreciation of the natural world. Instead of exploiting our beautiful wildlife, the local community does everything in its power to celebrate and honour the natural environment and the creatures within it.
Old Port Victor Heritage Walking Trail
For those interested in the history of the town, the Old Port Victor Heritage Walking Trail is the perfect way to soak up the town’s rich culture and historical landmarks. It’s also a great way to gaze on the town’s beautiful old heritage buildings. Collect the Old Port Victor Heritage Walking Trail brochure from the Visitor Information Centre.
The Cockle Train runs along the oldest steel railway in Australia. In 1854 it was used as a key link between the River Murray, Port Elliot, and Victor Harbor. Jump on board, enjoy the view, and imagine what it must have been like to travel on the train over a century ago.
- Wheelchair Access – Victor Harbor National Trust Museum – 1
- Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park – self-contained
- Wheelchair Access – Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park – 1