Victor Harbour Travel Guide

  • Near the Bluff
    Near the Bluff
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    Draught Horse for Horse Drawn Tram
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    View from the Bluff
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Victor Harbour Highlights

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    adelaidean says…

     So much to see and do!!! 

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    Kate-Me says…

     VERY cold and windy out on the Bridge at night.. 

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     A great place for a family holiday in the Australian Summer School Holidays. Local carnival for the kids and an art show for the mums and dads. Plenty of pubs and places to eat. Lots to see in the... 

Victor Harbour Things to Do

  • TOP OF "THE BLUFF"

    So, join me on a walk to the top of the Bluff, just under a klm. loop walk, which is graded as Medium - Steep.I started from the car-park which overlooked Victor Harbour. The track begins good, until the old Mine site, where they once mined Copper, Gold, Silver, Lead and Oxide of tin. In 1866 it was abandoned. From here, the track is dirt, and you...

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  • "THE BLUFF'

    The Bluff OR Rosetta Head, is that big Knob of land jutting out into the ocean on the Western side of Victor Harbour. It can be seen by most coastal spots around Victor Harbour. The drive up is a circular loop to a couple of car parks. We parked our car in the first carpark, from which we had good views over Victor Harbour. The second carpark gives...

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  • WHALES AND "THE BLUFF"

    THE BLUFF, is one of the best places to see Whales at Victor Harbour.This has been the case since the first whalers and sealers settled from the mid to late 1700's and set up stations and lookouts. From here, with the naked eye, Whales can be spotted within 10 km from shore. Back then, when a whale was spotted, a flag was raised on top of The Bluff...

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  • ENCOUNTER BAY

    Encounter Bay, between Granite Island and the Bluff, is a beaut place to rent a holiday unit or just enjoy a day by the Beach.There are lots of Units available, and even if you don't get one with sea views, most are only a short walk to the Beach. For cheaper accommodation, like tents, caravans or self-contained cabins, the Beachfront Victor...

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  • SOLDIER'S MEMORIAL GARDEN

    One thing you will probably notice at Victor Harbour, would be the very tall Norfolk Island Pine Trees located by the seaside.These Pines were planted in 1917, to commemorate those who served and lost their lives in WWI. The park is very popular in summer with families, and no wonder, as there is lots of lawn, paths, gardens, beach, playground and...

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  • HERITAGE BUILDINGS IN VICTOR HARBOUR

    Victor Harbour has quite a few heritage buildings, and these can be found by picking up the brochure from the Information centre on the Heritage Trail.The trail starts in Flinders Parade, at the old Custom's House, and then is walked over a fairly compact area.As usual, the Hotel's in the town are quite old and big!One building that I thought was...

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Victor Harbour Restaurants

  • EXCELLENT FISH & CHIPS

    Food in Victor Harbour is expensive, even Fish & Chips, but I didn't mind paying so much when the quality was excellent.The shop is the "Runner-up" this year [2012] for best fish & chips in South Australia, and previously has won the title. As such, the Shop was very busy!Our fish & chips were cooked to perfection, tasted good, and soon...

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  • Modern dining

    We came here for dinner right after the Penguin tour as it's only a short stroll from the causeway. Make sure you book a table during the weekends as it can get full for dinner. It has it's own bar that makes great coffee.

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  • Fish and chips

    Grab some fish and chips from the local fish shop and head down to the harbour and watch the activities. Its a real Aussie experience !

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  • Whalers Inn - at the Bluff

    The Whalers Inn is the top restaurant in Victor Harbour located approx 5mins drive from Victor Harbour at the Bluff.The menu is varied and specializes in seafood with an excellent wine list.

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  • European style cafe

    This bakery cafe caught my eye for its European atmosphere and some of the items on the menu which you don't always find in bakeries - more european strudels and such. I didn't buy much here though as prices were quite expensive. I enjoyed my cappucino here.

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  • Great pub meals

    The meals were tasty and a great size for the price, and the salad and vegetable bar were well stocked and "all you can eat"I think it's a restaurant kids would enjoy too, as it's a bit quirky. If you blow up the photo of the dining room, you'll see a grey structure just below the roofline - that's a little model railway train track which does a...

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Victor Harbour Nightlife

  • Penguins

    This is one of the least commercial places I know of to see Penguins. That's one of the reasons I think it is the best.In the daytime you can walk right around the island in about 30-40 minutes on the walking track, which is also worth it. Definitely wear a wind-breaker jacket. Even if it's not too windy in Victor Harbour, it usually is once you...

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  • Fairy Penguin visits

    A guided tour to see the Fairy Penguins in their natural habitat on Granite Island.A great experience if you havent done it before. If its cold, make sure you dress warmly!

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Victor Harbour Transportation

  • ADELAIDE TO VICTOR HARBOUR BY BUS

    If you need to use public transport to reach Victor Harbour, it is easy.Premier Stateliner [Bus service] depart from Adelaide Central Bus Station @ 111 Franklin Street AT.... 9.30am, 12.00pm, 3.00pm, 3:30, 4.30pm weekdays and 9.30am, 4.30pm on Saturday. The journey is quiet scenic and takes about 1hr 40mins.

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  • Driving there

    There are two ways of getting there by car from Adelaide:1. The slightly longer way - Take the M1 and exit at Mount Barker, head to Strathalbyn and from there to Victor Harbor.2. The Shorter way - Main South Road and take the M2 via McLaren Vale and A13 to Victor Harbor.

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  • Driving from Adelaide to Victor Harbour

    Victor Harbor is situated approx 80kms south of Adelaide, the drive takes around 80 minutes depending whether you want to stop at Mclaren Valley. The roads are all sealed and well sign posted.

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Victor Harbour Local Customs

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    by aberacadabra Written Sep 8, 2008

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    I've always wondered why the Harbor in Victor Harbor isn't spelt the "correct" way as taught in school. And here's the reason why courtesy of www.victor.sa.gov.au

    Why is Victor Harbor spelt without the 'u'?

    It appears that the spelling of Victor Harbor without the 'u' started in the early days of the Colony. It was around the turn of the century that the u crept into the spelling of Harbor with new businesses spelling it including the 'u' (which is the way most people would have been taught to spell harbour. The Victor Harbour Railway Station is still signposted today with the spelling including the 'u'. Victor Harbor was declared a legal Port on the 28th June 1838 and was officially known to the Harbour's Board as Port Victor until 1921. In 1921 due to the similarity of the name to Port Victoria on the Yorke Peninsula and the confusion it caused, it was decided by the Harbour's Board to change the name back by proclamation to it's original name of Victor Harbor.
    The local newspaper the 'Victor Harbor Times' has always been published without the 'u' since it started in 1912.
    It was gazetted in 1914 that the township was named as the 'Municipal Town of Victor Harbor'.
    All three Harbor's in South Australia are spelt without a 'u'.
    It can be surmised from the above spelling of all South Australian Harbour's without the 'u' that it originated probably from a spelling error made by an early Surveyor General of South Australia.

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Victor Harbour Warnings and Dangers

  • SEAGULL'S

    Victor Habour is a seaside town, so as you would expect, there are plenty of Seagulls. Now, these Birds have been here forever, and know all about Tourists willing to give them a free feed!They are very cheeky, some will even pinch food off the table. Next, you throw that "one" a chip, and a 100 appear from no-where, squawking and squabbling,...

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  • Cold....Brrr.

    For those going on the Penguin tour in the evening, please do yourself a favour and bring an extra jacket or layer of clothing. Especially in the autumn or spring, the days can be deceivingly warm but after dusk, it can be very cold and I've seen people rocking up in t-shirts only to bail out of the tour after finding out it lasts about an hour....

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Victor Harbour Tourist Traps

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    by adelaidean Written Oct 13, 2005

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    A word of advice...schoolies week is held in Victor Harbour at the end of November each year...Its when all the year 12 students from around the State congregate at Victor Harbour to celebrate the end of the high school life...It may be good for 17 year olds...but I would recommend another weekend for families and others to visit this lovely town!!!!

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    • School Holidays
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Victor Harbour What to Pack

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    by Openseas Written Apr 16, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Please take a warm wet weather coat for viewing the penguins at night. The wind and sea breeze is cool and cold. This is a must especially if you have children.

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Victor Harbour Off The Beaten Path

  • ENCOUNTER BIKEWAY

    This is the name of the popular bike-way that runs from Victor Harbour to Goolwa.You need to be aware, that in Australia, Bikes and Cars share the same road, this will happen along the 30km route. Often there is a lane marked for bikes beside the lane where the cars travel. [see photo]It's a ride that takes you along the coast where you might even...

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  • Hindmarsh Island

    Hire a boat or skipper a yacht around Hindmarsh Island. Heaps of choices available for a day, weekend or more. The marina at Hindmarsh has all sorts of tours available.

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  • A camel ride!!

    why not try a camel ride when you visit Victor Harbour. It operates down near the bridge that goes to Granite Island. It does look like fun,and there is people there everytime I go to Victor Harbour..although you wont get me on them...They scare me so much!!!

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Victor Harbour Favorites

  • TOILETS

    Lots of Australian Toilets are painted with Murals and look very nice. The ones at Victor Harbor are by the park and near the the causeway to Granite Island.Go the Toilet first, and then have a look at the Mural depicting the history of Victor Harbor.

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  • Views and walks

    Visit 'The Bluff" its a good walk a bit of a steep climb, it has fabulous views though, do this on a clear day. You can also walk along the cliff top when you come down from the bluff. Great if you have dogs they love it. Of all the times we went to Victor Harbour we never realised the view from "The Bluff" we always stayed in the town itself. The...

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ENCOUNTER COAST DISCOVERY CENTRE
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S.A. WHALE CENTRE
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THE HORSE DRAWN TRAM SHED
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BESIDE THE SEASIDE!
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PENGUINS ON GRANITE ISLAND
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GRANITE ISLAND CAUSEWAY
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GRANITE ISLAND KAIKI TRAIL
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THE HORSE DRAWN TRAM
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ADARE HOUSE
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KONDOLI SCULPTURE
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KLEINIG'S HILL LOOK-OUT
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Beach Camel Rides.
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Go for a Sail!!!!
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Take a stroll or take a dip
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Whale watching
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The Penguin tour
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Horse drawn tram to Granite Island.
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Granite Island
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Urimbirra Wildlife centre
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Whale watching.
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Boomers Beach
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Murray River Mouth.
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Granite Island
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Kangaroo Island
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Kangaroo Island
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Walking Trail to Port Elliott
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The Heysen Trail
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Granite Island
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Watching the Waves...
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Find the fairy penquins!!!!
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Great Nachos
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Have fun at Greenhills
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Whale Watching
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Horse drawn tram to Granite Island
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Penguin Tours
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Granite Island day walk
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