Enjoy a holiday in Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor is approximately 85km from Adelaide, about an hour’s drive South of the city. Since the late 1800s, Victor Harbor has been one of the most popular family holiday destinations in South Australia, and a coastal playground to all. Nothing says Australian holiday more than surf, sand and sun. The Mediterranean climate is appealing all year round, providing temperate, turquoise waters lit by clear, blue skies.
Victor Harbor overlooks the coastline of Encounter Bay, one of four historic bays along the South Australian coast. Victor Harbor is just one of the many popular destinations along the coastline, with neighbouring towns of Port Elliot, Middleton and Goolwa only a short drive away. Middleton and Port Elliot provide excellent surfing conditions for both the experienced surfer or those looking to book some lessons.
Sightseeing and the Cockle Train
Granite Island and The Bluff are the regional town’s most prominent landmarks. These granite rock formations have been in existence for some 500 million years. Centuries of rain, waves, wind and ice having eroded softer mainland surfaces has resulted in the granite being exposed for all to see!
Step onto a little history and take a ride on Australia’s only Horse Drawn Tram, one of few to run throughout the year worldwide. The trams run throughout the day, drawn by Clydesdale horses along the 630m causeway from seaside Victor Harbor to Granite Island. The horse tramway was established in 1894 and since then has attracted approximately 100,000 visitors annually. Ticket prices start from $5.00 for child and $7.00 for adults.
The Cockle Train travels along the coast from Port Elliot and Goolwa, following the oldest steel railed railway in Australia. The railway dates back to 1887 when it was first constructed as a link between the River Murray and Port Elliot wharf, and later Victor Harbor. Join the Cockle Train – Steam Rail Experience, where nothing stands between you and the Southern Ocean view along the journey through the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Hit the Beach
For those looking to tackle some waves this spring, the Fleurieu Peninsula is home to some of the best surf schools in South Australia. There are at least three surf schools located at Middleton, labelled one of Australia’s safest beaches for beginners. Classes start from $50 per person and include wetsuit, surfboards and 2 hours with an instructor. If you prefer to be on the water rather than in it, Kayaks are also available to hire at various locations.
Victor Harbor and its surrounds offer a multitude of walking trails including the Hindmarsh Falls Walk, best viewed in spring, enjoy the 500m stroll to the stunning waterfall. The Bluff Summit Walk has steep terrain with a 360 degree view over the coastal region waiting for you at the top. Whilst the Heysen Trail connects the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Flinders Ranges providing various terrain from steep cliffs to sandy beaches.
The Encounter Bikeway spans 30km from Victor Harbor, passing through the sea side towns of Port Elliot and Middleton before arriving in Goolwa. The bikeway is ideal for all ages and fitness levels, cyclists, walkers, skaters and rollerblades are all welcome.
For those who love a round of golf, take advantage of the 18-hole, Par 72 championship standard courses across the region. McCracken Golf Club, designed by renowned golf architect Tony Cashmore, is one of more than 5 courses located on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The course is open to guests staying at the resort along with the general public where you can test your skills on the challenging, but rewarding layout. Undulating fairways lead to manicured greens, amongst the picturesque hazards scattered throughout the course. If you are looking for something for the whole family, visit the Dunes Mini Golf Course! The 18-hole mini golf course is great for all ages.
McCracken Country Club offers resort style accommodation, located just minutes from the township of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia. Hidden off the main road and surrounded by panoramic views of the Hindmarsh Valley and manicured golf course fairways, you’ll feel like you’re in a private paradise. The resort offers a variety of spa rooms, suites, serviced apartments and self-contained villas, perfect for both leisure and corporate travels.