Our most recommended things to do in Victor Harbor

From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

1. From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

Embark on a scenic cruise along the north coast of Granite Island. Victor Harbour is located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, about 90 minutes and 80 km south of the center of Adelaide. Pass the route of the old horse-drawn tramway and see the historic Screwpile Jetty as you venture around the breakwater and into the open ocean. Continue for 5 minutes to arrive at Seal Island (also known as "Seal Rock"), where New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions can be seen basking in the sun. Delight to the sight of the seals that often swim to the stationary boat for a good look at the passengers!  Keep a lookout for other wildlife, including petrels, shearwaters and cormorants, on or around Seal Island. You might even spot some common or bottlenose dolphins that are often in the vicinity and sometimes race the boat. After 15 minutes of wildlife viewing at Seal Island and around Wright Island, cruise back to the Granite Island Causeway at Victor Harbour and disembark.

South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

2. South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Glenelg at 9 AM or Adelaide at 9:20 – 9:30 AM for a full day of sightseeing around the gorgeous Fleurieu Peninsula.  Enjoy the scenic drive from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills before arriving in the historic German village of Hanhdorf. Treat yourself to morning tea at The Haus, visit the Antique Clock Museum, or shop around in the village's boutique stores. Travel on to the old paddle steamer port of Goolwa for a stroll along the beach where the Murray River meets the sea. Make a short stopover at South Australia's greatest surfing beach before continuing on to Victor Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for whales as you pass Basham Beach during whale season.  Next, explore the seaside town of Victor Harbor where you can visit the Whale Center and Museum. Take advantage of the chance to visit Granite Island and check out the fairy penguins or ride the famous horse-drawn tram. Purchase lunch from one of the many quaint restaurants and pubs. Your last stop of the day will be McLaren Vale, one of Australia's oldest and finest olive, wine, and almond-growing regions. Taste some of the area's best wines, purchase some locally-grown, homemade delicacies before returning back to your accommodation at around 5:30 PM.

Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

3. Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

Discover Kangaroo Island and enjoy an abundance of wildlife as you take in spectacular scenery. Visit the Remarkable Rocks, Pennington Bay, Weirs Cove, and other areas before spotting fur seals, koalas, and echidnas. After meeting the guide make your way to Flinders Chase National Park to visit the Remarkable Rocks, Weirs Cove, and Admirals Arch. From there you will head to Seal Bay where you can enjoy a boardwalk tour and watch the seals frolicking on the beach. You will spot many different kinds of wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, and echidnas. See fur seals at Seal Bay and also challenge yourself and try to spot all the different bird species. 

From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

4. From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

Enjoy a delightful tour of South Australia’s premier tourist region, the Fleurieu Peninsula. This tour begins with a picturesque journey through the Adelaide Hills to the historical Scottish settlement of Strathalbyn. Here you will stop for some free time and morning tea in High Street (own expense). Continue on to the paddle steamer town of Goolwa where you'll have a brief tour of the town including the wharf, barrage and beach. On your way to Victor Harbor, cruise past the charming coastal town of Port Elliot including Horseshoe Bay, and stop at Whale Lookout for a photo opportunity. Upon arrival at Victor Harbor, South Australia’s most popular seaside village, wander through the main street, sampling the fresh local product. Enjoy free time to explore Victor Harbor. Visit one of the many pubs or cafes for lunch, and following that, you may choose to explore Granite Island, where you might even catch a glimpse of a Southern Right Whale during the winter months. Your tour then continues through the wine-making region of McLaren Vale, best known for producing outstanding Shiraz, and you'll enjoy a scenic drive through South Australia’s southern metropolitan beaches of Port Noarlunga and Moana before returning to Adelaide.

Hills to the Seaside: Full-Day Hahndorf & Victor Harbor Tour

5. Hills to the Seaside: Full-Day Hahndorf & Victor Harbor Tour

Experience a scenic journey from the picturesque Adelaide Hills to the seaside on our Full-Day Hahndorf & Victor Harbor Tour. Departing Adelaide at 9.00am, this tour takes you on a scenic adventure, visiting charming towns and iconic landmarks along the way. Indulge in a delightful lunch, explore the coastal wonders of Victor Harbor, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Adelaide Hills. Our Full-Day Tour Includes: - Depart from Adelaide in a comfortable bus at 9.00am for a full-day tour. - Visit Hahndorf for morning tea and exploration. - Visit the coastal town of Goolwa where the Murray River meets the sea. - Pass by Middleton Beach and Port Elliot for stunning coastal views. - Enjoy a delicious lunch at the original fish and chip shop in Victor Harbor. - Take a leisurely walk around Victor Harbor and Granite Island. - If time permits, we will be able to pass through McLaren Vale. - Small group setting, maximum capacity of 11 passengers, ensuring an intimate and personalised experience.

Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

6. Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

Take a scenic drive to Victor Harbor through the stunning Mclaren Vale region. Get a glimpse of the vineyards and rolling hills in the distance that you will be back to explore later. Arrive in Victor Harbor and be greeted with ocean views, discover the history, geology, and nature of the local area. Next, enjoy a 90-minute open ocean boat cruise through the Southern Ocean passing by Seal Rock, The Bluff and West Island. Witness the spectacular Waitpinga Cliffs and look out for seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, and cormorants. Looping around Seal Island, see Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun or frolicking in the water. Following your Southern Ocean Adventure boat cruise sit down and enjoy a picnic lunch in one of the many reserves along Victor Harbor's foreshore. Soak up the atmosphere of this popular tourist town, with Granite Island in the distance you may even see one of the local horse-drawn trams crossing over the Causeway. After a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region arrive at d'Arenberg Winery with time to explore the famous cube before enjoying a tasting session of their delicious biodynamic wines. Then heading onto Gemtree Winery, begin your progressive wine tasting and learn about the biodynamic practices and philosophy behind this family-owned property. Finish off the afternoon with a Vintner’s platter and a glass of Gemtree regional wine, before your afternoon drive back to Adelaide city.

Discover Victor Harbor Guided Walking Tour

7. Discover Victor Harbor Guided Walking Tour

During this must-do walking tour of Victor Harbor, you will hear about early settler life, the development of the Port, the unique heritage transportation that still runs today, and how Victor Harbor grew into the popular tourist town we now enjoy. Your local guide will walk you through the old parts of town and highlight the wonderful heritage-listed buildings. While passing through, you will hear about the important historical events of the town and stories of key characters that influenced the development of Victor Harbor. Our tour starts at the beginning of the Granite Island Causeway where we will walk along the causeway and see the islands of Encounter Bay and hear about the meeting of Captains Flinders and Baudin. We will then start walking along the Encounter walkway and hear about early European settlement and the influence of whaling as South Australia's first commercial export. A short walk to our first heritage buildings the Newland Memorial Church and church Hall. Here we stop and hear stories about key settler, the challenges of settler life and the contribution made to the towns development. We head to Warland Reserve. Here we stop to see delightful ironstone and blue stone heritage buildings and the role with transportation, and the port, and hear stories of early settler life. Next stop Railway Terrace, this delightful historical precinct has lots of hidden stories that will be revealed. Export of goods down the river Murray slowed and a new industry of tourism began. We look at some of the old hotels and hear and see the grand holiday residences that were built in the late 19th century. Finally, your will discover the early cultural development of the town. This is where we finish our tour. The tour is dog friendly. Please ph or contact the tour operator if you would like to bring you dog on a lead.

Victor Harbor: Stories of Shipwrecks & Settlers Walking Tour

8. Victor Harbor: Stories of Shipwrecks & Settlers Walking Tour

On this tour, you will hear about the local maritime history, which includes the early and successful whaling industry around the Bluff and Granite Island. Learn about the stories of the early fishing families and learn how a number of shipwrecks in Encounter Bay persuaded the colony administrators that it would not be a suitable capital city for South Australia. Together with your local guide enjoy an easy stroll along the coast and to out-of-the-way places around the streets of Yilki, which is four kilometres from Victor Harbor. The word Yilki is an Aboriginal word meaning place by the sea. The tour is an easy walk along the town’s pavements. If you have any mobility concerns, please get in touch with us. We start the tour on the Encounter Bay bike/walkway and hear about the whales that continue to visit the Bay but also the history of early whaling and its' importance as a commercial export for South Australia. We then cross the road and have a refreshment at the Yilki Store where you will hear much more about the early whaling industry and the colourful characters at this time associated with whaling. The first European settlers other than the whalers, made Yilki their home. We explore the history of one of the first group of settlers including the Newlands. We set off walking around the streets, whose names are those of the early settlers and head to the Tabernacle cemetery where we hear more about the original church and cemetery. We then head off to see a heritage listed house belonging to one of the founding fishing families, and hear more about the contribution of this family to the area. We pass the Yilki Uniting church and continue on to the Fountain Inn. Here we stop and hear about this as one of the early inns in South Australia, and a local ghost story. Finally we move back towards the Yilki store where we started. We look at the site of one of the shipwrecks in the Bay and hear more about these and the influence on changing the course of history in South Australia.

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We had the luxury of a limousine and our own driver, which meant we could tailor the excursion to our interests. The driver was most accomodating and we saw some of the coast that wasn't included in the itinerary. We weren't really interested in going to a wine museum or a chocolate factory. We had booked the tour because it also went to Hahndorf and Victor Harbour. We did feel that the driver lacked some local information about the places we saw but that didn't detract from the overall experience.

Our tour guide Nikki was excellent, both knowledgeable about geographical facts and natural scientific facts. She could also be humorous. We visited all the most interesting spots around the island that could be fitted into the time frame allowed.

Pooja was very friendly and informative. She was prompt with pick up. The tour consisted of a small group which we enjoyed. We visited a number of different places throughout the day. Definitely value for money.

Fantastic day with personal guide Singla in a lovely car. Activities and times tailored to our request fun and interesting. Highly recommend!

Awesome tour! We got to see heaps of wildlife ie. Dolphins and sea lions so close up.