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.
The newest attraction to grace the shores of Victor Harbor, Oceanic Victor is an experience unlike any other. From just $85 per adult, guests have the opportunity to experience the in-sea aquarium. Jump into a wet suit, get in the water and get up close and personal with the Southern Bluefin Tuna. Known as one of the fastest fish in the sea feel them rush passed you (clocking up to 76kmh), float on by and as they lazily swim around or catch a glimpse from the underwater observatory. You don’t just swim with the tuna, you even have the opportunity feed them!
Horse Drawn Tram and the Cockle Train
Catch a ride on the historic Horse Drawn Tram across the Granite Island Causeway. Get up close with the resident Clydesdales at their stables as they snooze and graze on grains after their shift. Each tram weighs 4.8 tonnes and the Clydesdales shift consists of four return trips. Operating since 1894, the tram is one of only two remaining in the world so grab your ticket at the station or enjoy the casual stroll across to Granite Island. Ticket prices start from $5.00 for child and $7.00 for adults.
All aboard! Book your trip on this local icon, travelling from Goolwa and Port Elliot to Victor Harbor up to 140 days of the year. The Heritage Railway is run and operated by volunteers who also maintain the rail line, locomotives and carriages. The Cockle Train provides a 30 minute experience starting from the historic wharf precinct adjacent the Murray River, climbing to the top of the coastal cliffs with stunning views before arriving in Victor Harbor.
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.
The Fleurieu Peninsula is home to two of South Australia’s spectacular wine regions, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. McLaren Vale is world-class wine region, recognised for its Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet thanks to its Mediterranean climate. Langhorne Creek is an intimate country town known for producing premium red grapes, one of South Australia’s undiscovered wine regions experiencing success in both Australian and International markets.
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.