Victor Harbour is located 84km south of Adelaide on Encounter Bay. The popular South Australian holiday destination on the Fleurieu Peninsula boasts a beautiful coastline with safe swimming beaches, stunning views, fairy penguin sanctuary, good fishing and a pleasant holiday atmosphere.
The beaches along the protected bay here are perfect for swimming and water activities. The calm waters and picturesque scenery attract many beach-goers to the shores. The town’s population doubles in size during the summer holiday period.
Just 700m across the bay is Granite Island which is home to some 2000 “fairy” or “little” penguins. Each day at dusk these gorgeous creatures waddle ashore and return to their island burrows. Guided tours are held each evening where you can observe the penguins returning from their day out fishing. Day visitors are also welcome on the island and you can either walk across the causeway or climb aboard the horse drawn tram which departs every 20 minutes in peak season. Penguins can be seen during the day at the Penguin Interpretive Centre which cares for sick or needy penguins on the island.
Summer months along the foreshore are always busy and lively. You’ll find entertainment, food and refreshment vans and pony and camel rides along the beach. Plenty to keep families entertained. On Saturday mornings the Farmers’ Market is held at Grosvenor Gardens between 8am and 12pm and the town centre really bustles then.
The lookout views over the coastline are superb. East of town at Port Elliot is Freemans Knob Lookout, with stunning views of Horseshoe Bay to the east and Knight’s Beach to the west, all part of Encounter Bay.
is also blessed with a beautiful beach with gentle surf, safe swimming and a scenic setting.
The Bluff Summit Lookout
at Rosetta Head offers more magnificent views of the Harbour, Encounter Bay and across to Wright and Granite Islands. The 400m walk to the summit is relatively easy and steep in some sections.
Fishing and boating
are popular activities in these southern waters. A good boat ramp is located at the end of Franklin Parade near The Bluff, as is a rock groyne and jetty suitable to fish from. Common catches from here include Squid, Salmon, Mullet and Garfish.
Victor Harbour is a beautiful part of the Fleurieu Peninsula and a lovely spot to base camp and explore the peninsula further. Take a day trip around the bottom of the peninsula and investigate the quiet and more secluded coastline of Rapid Bay, Second Valley and through to Normanville. Camp grounds are located at each of these beaches for those continuing on from Victor Harbour.
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