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  • Victor Harbor: Getaway to the Fleurieu Peninsula

    Posted by Krystle Aunger May 30, 2014 - 223 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #beach  #hiking  #south australia  #weekend  #shopping  #Fleurieu Peninsula  #Getaway  #Granite Island  #Island  #Penguin  #Beachside  #Causeway  #Horse  #Bluff  #Steam Train  #Victor Harbor 

    Victor Harbor is the largest costal town on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. About an hour from Adelaide, Victor Harbor is a popular getaway destination amongst local South Australians. I went to Victor Harbor recently for a day trip and found there was far too much to do in one day!

     

    Accessible via car or private coach, the view of Victor Harbor as you descend from the surrounding hills into the town is beautiful. The town buildings hug the coastline with a layer of golden sand between the houses and ocean. You might even catch a glimpse of the causeway extending into the water and forming a link between Granite Island and the mainline, or the Bluff, an anomaly giant hill that protrudes oddly from the beach landscape and provides amazing views across the region.

     

    There’s plenty to do in Victor Harbor. Here are some of the things I got up to on my visit, and some of the things I wish I'd had time for.

     

    Shopping and eating

    There’s a main street of shops, such as gifts, clothing and accessories, and there’s a main street of cafes. I went for a wonder on both. On one I picked myself up a cute leather jacket. The other, I bought a delicious schnitzel dinner.

     

    Fair rides and games

    Right on the foreshore where the Esplanade meets Flinders Parade there’s a great collection of fair rides and games for the kids. These are open during the warmer months and school holidays. I thought these were a bit on the expensive side, so opted for a round of mini golf which is open year round and is pretty cheap at $7ish dollars per player.

     

    Granite Island

    A trip to Victor Harbor isn’t complete without a visit to Granite Island. Accessible via the 600m long causeway, you can either walk or catch the Horse Drawn Tram to the island. Once on the island take the 3km Kaiki Trail to explore the natural island rock formations and an Ngarrindjeri Dreamtime story. The trail circumnavigates the island and is an easy walk with some stairs and one steep ramp being the most effort you’ll need to put in. A small colony of penguins live on the island and if you get your timing right you can feed them at the Penguin Centre. I enjoyed watching the big waves crash on the granite rocks at the southern end of the island right next to the café.

     

    Horse Drawn Tram

     

    People watching waves crash against the huge rocks on Granite Island

     

    The Bluff

    The Bluff is a famous geological landmark in Victor Harbor. It’s a giant granite hill that protrudes from the headland and is a popular hiking spot. The 1km loop trail is a medium to steep hike and affords wonderful views of Victor Harbor and views out to small islands offshore.

     

    The Bluff

    The Bluff, causeway and Granit Island

     

    Steam Train

    If you’ve got some extra time take a ride on an old steam train and explore neighboring beachside towns. You can discover Port Elliot where you’ll find the magnificent Horseshoe Bay, Middleton a popular whale watching spot, and Goolwa a popular surf spot. Check the train platform for a timetable.

     

    Steam train ready the depart Victor Harbor station

     

    Greenhills Adventure Park

    Greenhills is a popular adventure park with so many things to entertain. There’s dry slides, waterslides, aqua bikes, paddleboats, canoes, golf, tennis, archery, go-karts, quad bikes, a maze, giant trampolines, flying foxes, climbing walls and a playground. There’s a whole day of fun right there!

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