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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.

Granite Island - Chirag Arora
Granite Island - Chirag Arora

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

Raw Bulk Wholefoods - Laiken Richelle
Raw Bulk Wholefoods - Laiken Richelle
RAW Bulk Wholefoods

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

Port Elliot Bakery
Port Elliot Bakery
Port Elliot Bakery

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

Charlie and Jack
Charlie and Jack
Charlie and Jack

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

Victor Harbor Farmers Market
Victor Harbor Farmers Market

Victor Harbor Farmers Market 
For a taste of local farmgate produce, Victor Harbor Farmers Market delivers in a big way. Every Saturday morning from 8am to 12.30pm, Grosvenor Gardens becomes a marketplace for organic fruit and vegetables, seafood, meats, loaves of bread, local wines, flowers, and so much more. Have breakfast made with the freshest produce, sample wines, bread and dips, and stock up on your weekly groceries. Keep an eye on their events calendar as guest chefs whip up meals using produce from the stalls. Delicious!
 
Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor

Things to do in Victor Harbor: Different Modes of Transport

Victor Camel tours - Sah'mon Hayes
Victor Camel tours - Sah'mon Hayes
Camel Tours 

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. 

Adam Bruzzone - South Australian Tourism Commission
Adam Bruzzone - South Australian Tourism Commission

Encounter Bikeway 
One of the best ways to experience the stunning coastline and seaside villages is via Encounter Bikeway. A must when it comes to things to do in Victor Harbor, the shared 31.5km bike path starts at The Bluff (a 100-metre high granite outcrop) in Victor Harbor and hugs the coastline making its way to The Wharf in Goolwa. A sealed, relatively flat pathway makes this an easy ride. If you're walking, you can come back via the Cockle Train; a heritage steam ranger railway. 

Victor Tramway - some.wild.ride
Victor Tramway - some.wild.ride

Victor Harbor Tramway
What’s a trip to Victor Harbor without a ride on the historic horse-drawn tram? Since 1894, Clydesdale horses have been pulling a double-decker tramcar along the causeway’s 630-metre stretch, connecting the mainland to Granite Island. One of the most iconic things to do in Victor Harbor, jump aboard for a round trip, or catch the tram one way and walk the other. The tram runs on the hour, starting at 11am, with the last tram leaving the island at 2.30pm. 

Esplanade, Victor Harbor

Cockle Train Victor Harbor
Cockle Train Victor Harbor

The Cockle Train 
Another one for history buffs, or those who just love a good train ride, The Cockle Train runs along the original rail link between the Murray River and the wharves at Port Elliot (and later to Victor Harbor). Starting at Goolwa Station (or Victor Harbor), the 30-minute journey passes Encounter Bay and stunning coastline. Diesel locomotives run the fleet of heritage Redhen and Brill railcars, but if you want the steam experience, then go during the school holidays. 
 
5 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

Things to do in Victor Harbor: Day Trips

The Bluff
The Bluff
The Bluff

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. 

Granite Island
Just off the coast of Victor Harbor, the small wildlife haven of Granite Island is overflowing with natural goodness. Part of the fun though is getting there – walk or take a horse-drawn tram ride along the causeway that links the island to Victor Harbor, then spend the day admiring the granite boulders against an ocean backdrop, the little penguins, and the sculptures trail. You can also swim with tuna at Oceanic Victor, take a guided tour and spot dolphins and whales.
Adam Bruzzone - South Australian Tourism Commission
Adam Bruzzone - South Australian Tourism Commission

Seal Island Tour
When looking for things to do in Victor Harbor, the Seal Island Tour is a definite must. Book a guided tour with The Big Duck – a 37-foot inflatable boat that was purposefully built for the Southern Ocean conditions. A 45-minute boat ride will take you out to Seal Island (aka Seal Rocks) to check out New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions and nesting birds. Along the way, you’re all but guaranteed to encounter playful dolphins. 

Waitpinga Beach - Michael Waterhouse
Waitpinga Beach - Michael Waterhouse

Surf Beaches
In 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. 

Ryan Formosa - South Australian Tourism Commission
Ryan Formosa - South Australian Tourism Commission
Goolwa

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.