Walking trails in Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor is a haven full of unspoiled walking trails, sandy coastal walks, and challenging hikes that wind their way around the cliffs looking out over the glorious Southern Ocean.
The area offers everything from cruisy family-friendly strolls to moderate cliff-top hikes and challenging overnight adventures. Victor Harbor has a walking trail to suit every age, accessibility, and skill level.
Explore Victor Harbor
There are several easy walking trails crisscrossing around the main town of Victor Harbor. The Heritage Discovery Trail is an easy walking trail which uncovers the rich culture and history of Victor Harbor, taking you past several historical landmarks and heritage buildings.
You can also follow the Encounter Bikeway by foot on the shared trail. The entire trail runs for 30 kilometres but you can walk for as long as you like, enjoying the serene coastal views or stopping for lunch at one of Victor Harbor’s many cafés.
The Wild South Coast Way (Heysen Trail)
The Heysen Trail extends for over 1,200 kilometres in total, and the Wild South Coast Way is just a part of this trail. You can choose to do a day trip hiking in any direction on a short section of the trail, or hike the whole trail over the full five-day experience.
This challenging hike provides a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences like spectacular coastal views, remote beaches, glimpses of wildlife, rugged clifftop hikes, and a rich historical background. The trail truly makes you feel as if you have escaped into the wilderness, with just enough time to disconnect and embrace the wonders of nature.
Inman Valley & Hindmarsh Valley
Hop in the car and take a short drive to discover some of the best walking trails in Victor Harbor. The Inman Valley has a range of walking trails with varying levels of difficulty. There are easy trails for the family and more difficult hikes for adventurers seeking a challenge.
The Inman River Walking Trail is an 8 kilometre return trip but it’s a relatively easy one and presents plenty of interesting natural landmarks and an abundance of bird life. The Spring Mount Southern Walk is another easy track, taking around 45 minutes to complete. For a longer trail, hikers can take the section of the Heysen Trail that winds through farmland from Inman Valley to Myponga.
At Hindmarsh Valley, there’s also a range of walking trails. Take the quick trail down to Hindmarsh Falls and watch the water cascading down onto the rocks below. At only 15 minutes, this one is perfect for kids with a short attention span! The Hindmarsh River Walk is longer at around two hours, but it has plenty to occupy the eyes, with tranquil paperbark forests merging into floodplains and serene sandy trails.
Hindmarsh Valley is a spectacular area of natural significance, which is why 423 hectares of land in the area are set to be turned into the Hindmarsh Valley National Park and opened to the public. The National Park will be a haven for animals that were displaced during the bushfires on Kangaroo Island, as well as protecting the existing species in the area, such as the critically endangered Fleurieu Peninsula Swamps. It provides habitat for native animals like the nationally-vulnerable Bassian Thrush and the nationally-endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.
Bike Tracks in Victor Harbor
The people of Victor Harbor love to cycle. That’s why the region is home to countless bike trails, which thread their way from town to town, around our coastal cliff tops, and through our farmland roads and forests.
Suitable for experienced cyclists and absolute beginners, the Encounter Bike Trail is a shared path spanning a total of 30 kilometres one way. It’s accessible for everyone and runs from Encounter Bay through Victor Harbor and Port Elliot, all the way to historic Goolwa. On the way, you’ll see stunning coastal views, historic buildings, and a diverse range of birdlife.
The terrain is mostly flat with a few short but steep hills. The entire trail is long; however, you can always catch the Cockle Train back if you get tired! And, of course, a stop or two to sightsee or grab a bite at a nearby café is essential.
- 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