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Victor Harbor: For Coastal Family Holidays

South Australian families and those seeking respite from city life have long since elected Victor Harbor as a favourite spot for a getaway. In fact, holidaymakers have been coming to this part of the Fleurieu Peninsula since the late 1800s.

Today, travellers can hop aboard a vintage horse-drawn tram to recreate the holidays of yesteryear. They can also make the journey to where Australian pioneers first reached the continent, not far from town.

Once you’ve gotten your fix of history, spend your days strolling through lush reserves, relaxing on long stretches of golden sand and keeping an eye out for local wildlife.

As you would expect, holiday rental options are plentiful in Victor Harbor. Choose from beach houses, apartments, and even luxury villas.

Victor Harbor Beaches and Water Sports

Take advantage of Victor Harbor’s oceanfront position to participate in a wide range of aquatic activities. Victor Harbor enjoys a long stretch of coastline, comprising several beaches. These waters are protected from rougher waves by Granite Island, which is just off the shore. Swimmers can head to Boomer-Chiton Rocks, patrolled in certain areas.

The rocks are also a popular spot for fishermen and there are areas with consistently good breaks for surfers and bodyboarders. Out in the open water, opportunities exist for diving and snorkelling, as well as deep sea fishing. Sign up for a variety of daily tours to experience life beyond the coast, departing Victor Harbor Daily.

Touring Victor Harbor & Surrounds

Get to know the various facets of Victor Harbor’s past and present by joining a tour. To start, glide through the waters surrounding town on a boat tour and keep a lookout for local marine species, such as dolphins, sea lions and whales.

A number of tour operators will also take you to the mouth of the Murray River, where many of the first European settlers accessed the Australian continent.

While in Victor Harbor, board a historic horse-drawn tram which runs the length of the causeway to Granite Island. Only one of two remaining horse-drawn tram rides in the world, it allows visitors to uncover local history and step back in time to 1894, when the route began operating.

Exploring Granite Island

Bring your camera and binoculars to Granite Island to best observe local species in their natural habitats, be it the ocean or solid ground.

In season, you will able to do some whale watching right from the shore. Year-round, keep an eye out for little blue penguins or lizards the coastal rock formations. To find out more about the little penguins, sign up for a guided tour. You’re also likely to spot some seals or sharks close to shore.

The island’s granite boulders, which give it its name, are one of the main attractions and a popular spot for photo shoots.

Victor Harbor for Families

If you’re visiting Victor Harbor with the kids, it won’t be difficult to keep them busy. Indeed, the town is hailed as one of the most family-friendly destinations on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

See iconic Australian species hopping around at Urimbirra Wildlife Park. Highlights include cuddling up to koalas and feeding kangaroos. Visitors of all ages can head to the South Australia Whale Centre, where they can learn about these marine mammals and conservation efforts.

Parks and playgrounds can be found throughout Victor Harbor, with equipment for youngers - and the young at heart. Most parks are set along the foreshore, affording prime views of the water and coastline and offering direct beach access.

Kent Reserve has equipment for tiny tots and older kids, as well as an adult gym. Meanwhile, teens can mingle with locals their own age at the Youth Skate Park and Teenranger playground.

Getting to Victor Harbor

Conveniently, Victor Harbor is only an hour’s drive from Adelaide. If you prefer not to drive, you can take a coach directly from Adelaide’s main bus station, which will drop you off in town.