Victor Harbor’s Must Do

WHAT TO SEE & DO IN Victor Harbor
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Victor Harbor's Must Do’s

Picture this: you’ve arrived at Victor Harbor. Rays of warm sunshine are poking out from behind a cloud, the coastal breeze is sweeping through your hair, and you’re ready for a new experience.

Perhaps you’re ready for adventure, or maybe you’re looking for ways to relax, embrace the natural world or soak up the rich history of the local area with the kids. Lucky for you, there’s something for everyone at Victor Harbor.

Victor Harbor Bucket List

There’s an endless array of things to do in Victor Harbor, but here are our top must-dos to cross off your list, especially if you’re only here for a short visit.

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Spend an afternoon on Granite Island

Ride the iconic horse-drawn tram across to Granite Island, where you can hike the rugged cliffs and watch the waves crashing against the remarkable granite boulders. Keep an eye out for the frisky dolphins playing amongst the waves and sea lions basking on the rocks. If you visit from May to October, you can also spot majestic whales cruising through the cool Southern Ocean.

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Spend sunset at The Bluff

Take in a spectacular sunset at The Bluff lookout. Take a picnic blanket and some fish and chips to the lookout. Watch as flaming orange skies fade to mellow pink and out into deep midnight shades of blue. Once the sun fades, you’ll be dazzled by all the stars twinkling out at you from deep space.

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See the jaw-dropping views from the oldest steel railway in Australia

You can’t leave Victor Harbor without jumping on board the Cockle Train. It’s the perfect way to experience the nearby towns, as you’ll experience unforgettable views that are inaccessible by car. Visit historic Goolwa or browse the boutiques in Port Elliot for an afternoon. The historic Cockle Train operates every Wednesday and Sunday, and every day during the school holidays.

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Cycle the coast on Encounter Bikeway

Hire a bike from Victor Harbor and explore the coastal bike trails. You can walk, cycle, or roll your way along the water on the Encounter Bikeway. The path winds its way around the waterline, all the way from Victor Harbor to Goolwa. Of course, you only have to go as far as you like, and adding a couple of stops for coffee and lunch is essential.

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Go whale spotting by boat

Everything looks better by boat. If you’re looking for a magical ocean adventure, take The Big Duck boat tour out in search of playful dolphins and sea lions frolicking amongst the waves. You might even spot a few whales if you’re visiting over the winter months. Take in the breathtaking Waitpinga Cliffs and the solitary cliffs of The Bluff from the ocean and breathe in the fresh coastal breeze.

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Have lunch at Whaler’s at The Bluff

Lunch or dinner at Whaler’s is essential while you’re staying at Victor Harbor. Sample fresh local seafood or locally sourced cheeses and wines as you absorb the divine ocean views from the terrace.

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Make friends with the alpacas at Softfoot Farm

There are few problems that hanging out with an alpaca won’t fix. Kids and adults alike will love getting up close and personal with the adorable alpacas at Softfoot Farm. Feed the alpacas and learn all about these cuddly creatures with experienced and engaging guides. You can also spot plenty of other Australian native wildlife here, from kangaroos to echidnas and koalas.

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Try authentic modern cuisine in style at Lost Phoenix Farm

Savour one of the delicious dishes featuring fresh seafood or locally-sourced meats at Lost Phoenix Farm while sipping on a cocktail or a smooth glass of local wine. This restaurant is the perfect spot for a long lunch with friends in the sun, or a special lunch date for two.

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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
    Victor Harbor Walking Tours

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

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      Bike and Paddleboard hire right on the Causeway.

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        Glacier Rock
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            Wild South Coast Way
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            Granite Island

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

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

                Lake Breeze Winery
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                  Bremerton Wines
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                    Ocean Living Surf School
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                      One Paddock Currency Creek
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                        Mount Compass Golf Course
                          Compass Golf

                          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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                                    Town Centre Heritage Trail
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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
                                              The Causeway

                                              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

                                                    Convenient Bike Hire taking you places you want to go.

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

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

                                                      Pirate’s Sea Charters
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                                                      Pirate Sea Charters

                                                      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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                                                          Kula-Tind-Jeri or 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.

                                                            Kaiki Trail Granite Island
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                                                              Amazing views of the Victor Harbor coastline from Granite Island.

                                                              Hindmarsh Falls
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                                                                Picturesque falls hidden in Hindmarsh Valley.

                                                                Encounter Bikeway
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                                                                Encounter Bikeway

                                                                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

                                                                  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.

                                                                  The Joyful Path
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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.

                                                                    Tours & Attractions
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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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                                                                    Encounter Discovery

                                                                    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
                                                                          The Causeway, Victor Harbor

                                                                          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.

                                                                              Wineries & Local Produce
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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.

                                                                                  Markets & Shopping
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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.

                                                                                        History & Heritage
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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.

                                                                                          Arts & Culture
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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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                                                                                            Coral Street Art Space

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                Dunes Mini Golf
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                                                                                                  Picturesque Mini Golf by the beach.

                                                                                                  Girdler Family Amusements
                                                                                                    Girdler Family Amusements

                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                            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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