Situated on a sweeping arc of Encounter Bay, Victor Harbour has long been a playground for generations of the Adelaide social set.
In recent years, however, its appeal has spread as world travellers have ‘discovered’ this resort on the southern shores of the Fleurieu Peninsula. And scant wonder, for Victor Harbour has just about everything you want for a relaxing holiday - sun, surf and sand, clear turquoise waters, stunning views, outstanding early colonial architecture and a Clydesdale-drawn tram to haul you across an 800m causeway to Granite Island to greet the 1500 resident penguins on their return from a day’s fishing.
The bay was named by famed navigator and map-maker Matthew Flinders on April 8, 1802 - the day he, as commander of the Investigator and French explorer Nicholas Baudin aboard Le Geographe found themselves in an off-shore face-off.
The family attractions include Greenhills Adventure Park, Encounters Coast Discovery Centre, Wild Rose Miniature Village, Urimbirra Wild Life Park and nearby Nangawooka flora park.