Activities for all ages abound at this seaside destination fuelled by sun, sand and surf.
DO Hop a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island and stop by the Penguin, Marine and Environmental Centre. If your little ones can stay until dusk, take a guided tour to see resident little penguins clambering ashore. The South Australian Whale Centre is a great interactive space to learn about the majestic southern right whales that come into Encounter Bay. Out the front, board the Cockle Train for a steam-rail ride atop the cliffs en route to Port Elliot and Goolwa. Ten minutes from the beach you’ll find the iconic Greenhills Adventure Park and The Dunes Mini Golf Park on the Esplanade. Catch a wave on South Australia’s Petrel Cove, Chiton Rocks and (gulp!) The Dump.
EAT AND DRINK The town centre has enough cafes, restaurants and pubs to keep the troops happily fed and watered. There are two supermarkets, plus a farmers’ market in Grosvenor Gardens every Saturday morning. For the quintessential seaside experience, pick up fish and chips from the Original Victor Harbor Fish Shop on Ocean Street, and eat on the sand as the sun sets over Encounter Bay.
STAY For family accommodation in a prime location, book a Waterview Villa at Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park. The self-contained villa sleeps up to four people, and is fitted with a TV, DVD player, free Foxtel and WiFi, and a kitchenette. It’s perfectly appointed for access to the star attractions of Victor Harbor.
GET THERE Less than 90 minutes’ drive from Adelaide via the A13.