The Top Things to do in Victor Harbor

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Located on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, Victor Harbor is a popular seaside township offering a lovely mixture of coastal views and family-friendly attractions. Reached via a short 80 kilometre drive south of Adelaide, Victor Harbor is an ideal destination for day trippers looking to explore surrounding regions and travellers looking for a perfect coastal getaway for multi-day stays as well.

Browse our range of experiences in Victor Harbor as well as day tours to Victor Harbor from Adelaide below to make your ideal SA escape a reality today.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Victor Harbor and surrounds

Horse Drawn Tram
Granite Island Penguins
Victor Harbour Country Markets
Deep Creek Conservation Park
Talisker Conservation Park
Goolwa Beach
Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Vineyard Hopping
SA Whale Centre
Hindmarsh Falls

1. Ride the Horse Drawn Tram

Location:Esplanade, Victor Harbor

An iconic activity in the Victor Harbor region, the Victor Harbor Tramway has been ferrying people by horse drawn tram carriage to and from Granite Island since 1894. Combining transport and excitement, this is a great adventure for all ages to enjoy, especially the young ones. With the same double-decker design that was first built all those years ago, this is a historic activity to enjoy in Victor Harbor and an incredible scenic one as it journeys over to the beautiful Granite Island.

2. See the Granite Island little penguin colonies

Location:Granite Island

Granite Island is known for its wildlife, especially the adorable little penguins that live on the shores of the island. As they are wild, their presence isn’t guaranteed, however, if you do happen to glimpse these gorgeous animals you’ll won’t be disappointed. The island is also a popular whale-watching destination during migration season for humpback whales. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the sight of whales breaching and tail slapping in the waters surrounding the island.

3. Shop at Victor Harbour Country Markets

Location:The Esplanade Victor Harbor

Offering visitors the perfect place to meet some locals while enjoying the beautiful views and purchasing some delicious fresh produce, the Victor Harbor Country Market is a family-friendly marketplace held twice a month. Setting up on the 2nd and last Sunday of every month (except January, when it runs every Sunday), the markets are open to the public from 9 am until 4 pm during the summer months and 9 am to 3 pm in the winter months.

4. Explore Deep Creek Conservation Park

Location:Boat Harbor Rd, Deep Creek

The largest remaining natural vegetation in the Fleurieu Peninsula region, Deep Creek Conservation Park features a range of local wildlife and beautiful scenery that looks as though it’s straight off a postcard. Exploring the park is a definite must for visitors to the region, and doing so is easy thanks to the five campgrounds spread throughout the park, four of which are easily accessible with two wheel drives.

5. Hike through Talisker Conservation Park

Location:Rarking Road, Silverton

A protected park, the Talisker Conservation Park is the perfect place to lace up your hiking shoes and embark on an adventure. The park offers visitors a number of scenic walking trails to choose from, each varying in length and difficulty. Some of the easy trails are the Stringybark Loop Walk and Spring Wildflower Walk, moderate grade hikes include the Talisker Silver Lead Mine Hike and Aaron Creek Circuit, and some of the advanced trails include Blowhole Beach Hike and the Boat Harbour Circuit Hike.

6. Surf Goolwa Beach

Location:Goolwa Beach

A popular surfing beach off the South Australian coast, Goolwa Beach is a long, clean and pristine beach catering to beach dwellers and surfers. Perfect for beginner to advanced surfers, there is a different part of the beach to suit a range of expertise and skill levels. The beach itself is relatively uncrowded, however, on a good day, you’ll often find hoards of board-carrying visitors running into the water to try and catch the perfect wave.

7. Visit Urimbirra Wildlife Park

Location:Adelaide Rd, Victor Harbor

Located in the Hindmarsh Valley, Urimbirra Open-Range Wildlife Park is home to more than 400 native Australian animals including dingoes, crocodiles, wallabies, wombats and koalas. As you wander around the park, you’ll also see some alpacas, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs and chooks. While at the park, you can hand-feed kangaroos, walk through the rainbow lorikeet aviary, cuddle a koala or handle a snake.

8. Go vineyard hopping

Location:Various locations

The Peninsula is home to two of the best wine regions in the world; Langhorne Creek Wine Region and McLaren Vale Wine Region, both of which are in close proximity to Victor Harbor. McLaren Vale Wine Region is the closest to Victor Harbor, just a 40-minute drive north, and is famous for its Shiraz. Visiting some of the local, boutique wineries in the region is a definite must if you’re looking to take full advantage of South Australia’s thriving food and wine scene.

9. Visit the South Australia Whale Centre

Location:2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor

Learn all you’ll ever need to know about whales with a visit to the South Australia Whale Centre. An educational attraction, the centre is great for all ages to enjoy and features a number of informative exhibits, displays and artefacts. The Victor Harbor region has a rich whaling history, which is all documented in the SA Whale Centre. You could easily spend the whole day wandering around the centre enjoying all it has to offer including a 3D theatre and Kidz Zone for the young ones to enjoy, and a gift shop selling souvenirs for the day.

10. Admire Hindmarsh Falls

Location:Hindmarsh Falls Rd, Hindmarsh Valley

Follow the easy grade trail to Hindmarsh Falls in the Victor Harbor region for a day of relaxed sightseeing. The short loop trail takes around 10 minutes to complete and stretches around 200 metres. The falls itself is a 20 to 25-metre waterfall cascading down into various pools. The area surrounding the falls is complete with two parking lots and a picnic area, allowing you to extend your visit over lunch.