Things to do in Victor Harbor for the Ultimate Weekend Adventure
Explore this coastal town by making your way through our list of the best things to do in Victor Harbor.
A dreamy coastline with a colonial vibe, the charming seaside town of Victor Harbor is one of Adelaide’s top weekend getaways. And it’s easy to see why, with an alluring waterfront, horse-drawn trams, a wild penguin colony, and granite boulders that sit in striking contrast to the Southern Ocean. Plus, it’s also a launching pad to nearby Goolwa, Kangaroo Island, the southern wine region, and of course all the natural beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
For nature-bound adventures and activities that will delight your inner historian, there are so many things to do in Victor Harbor, and these are our top ten picks.
Things to do in Victor Harbor: Eat
For those wholesome foodies, RAW Bulk Whole-foods is your go to sustainable supermarket. Their extensive variety of seeds, grains and flours can be bought in weight quantities and make your raw whole food diet budget friendly. While you are there be sure to choose some treats from their exclusive range of Harbor Chocolates. Yum!
Coral Street, Victor Harbor
A trip down to the Fleurieu Peninsula just wouldn't be complete without a visit the Port Elliot Bakery. Just a short 10 minute drive away from Victor Harbor will have you arrive at a bakery that boasts the reputation of being the best bakery in South Australia. Their doughnut of the month is the mystery that just keeps on giving, ranging from the delicious milo Malteser doughnut to a cheeky Baileys cookies and cream delicacy. Be prepared to wait over the bustling summer months, as there is quite often a queue down the road.
North Terrace, Port Elliot
Things to do in Victor Harbor: Shop
The perfect place to pick up a gift in Victor Harbor, Charlie and Jack has everything from special homewares and gifts, to plants of all sorts. Natural yet sophisticated, the cheerful crew at Charlie and Jack are happy to help you through the whole process from picking up your new green friend to making sure you care for it correctly. Pop in any day from Tuesday to Sunday and pick up a goodie!
Sturt Street, Victor Harbor
Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor
Things to do in Victor Harbor: Different Modes of Transport
When the weather and season permit, camel tours on the Victor Harbor foreshore make for the perfect holiday adventure. Take a tour along the beach and spend your morning observing the natural landscape from camelback. For those that aren't too thrilled about the idea of camels, settle with a pony ride to ease yourself into it.
Esplanade, Victor Harbor
5 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor
Things to do in Victor Harbor: Day Trips
The Bluff (Rosetta Head) is a 100-metre high granite outcrop that has views over Encounter Bay, and is a perfect vantage point for when whales are in the area. Hugging the coastline and making its way to the wharf in Goolwa, The Bluff makes for a perfect hike for adventure enthusiasts. Once you've reached the top, you will see as far as Granite Island, sights over neighbouring surf beaches and neighbouring islands.
Surf BeachesIn and around Victor Harbor, you will find some of South Australia’s best surfing beaches. And with a coastline like this, it really is no surprise. The pick of the bunch is Waitpinga Beach, about 14km west of Victor Harbor; surfers make the most of large swells coming in off the Southern Ocean. But, what really makes this a standout is the kangaroos that graze on the hills in the early mornings and late afternoons. It doesn’t get more quintessentially Aussie than this.
Whether you arrived by train, bike or hiked your way over from Victor Harbor, Goolwa is a historic seaside town that’s well worth spending time in. A port on the Murray River, Goolwa has a line-up of attractions – sand dune boardwalk, beachside cafes, paddle steamer, and of course The Cockle Train. It’s also the gateway to Hindmarsh Island and Coorong National Park – a water wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts.
For nature bound adventures or a relaxing weekend getaway, when it comes to things to do in Victor Harbor, the seaside town delivers in a big way. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our Best Places to Camp in Adelaide – from beachside camping to glamping in the vineyards, you’ll be packing your swag and hitting the road faster than you know.
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