A LONG WEEKEND IN VICTOR HARBOR
We love a long weekend for us it’s a perfect opportunity to go gallivanting somewhere. The question is where? Adelaide is on a Heatwave forecast over the weekend so we decide to go somewhere cooler. Victor Harbor fits the profile.
Victor Harbor is a seaside town in South Australia, approximately 80 km from Adelaide City. Known for their horse-drawn tram that crosses the causeway to Granite Island – a penguin sanctuary. The drive to Victor Harbor will take around 1.5 hours via the South Expressway and then following Victor Harbor road for 45 kilometres. We had booked a 3D2N accommodation in one of the modern Breeze Beachfront Apartments through Unwind Holidays. It was an excellent choice, right in the heart of town, modern, well equipped, clean, comfortable with a secure parking plus ocean views.
We left Adelaide around 12 noon on a Friday and stopped by McLaren Vale to see this newly opened and currently fuss of the town, D’arenberg Cube.
There’s a $10 entrance fee to go inside the building and experience this unique architecture. I was told by the friendly lady in the reception that it includes wine tasting and of course the experience itself. Well, fair enough. Although, we decided not to go inside but we surely will next time.
STROLLING AROUND THE MAIN STREET
After check-in, we decided to walk around the Esplanade and the main street.
THE BLUFF LOOKOUT
Drove to the Bluff lookout which was just a 10 minute drive from Victor Harbor to catch the beautiful sunset.
THE BLUFF JETTY
As we descended, we dropped by the Bluff Jetty and encountered a seal swimming by the seaside and some fishermen.
We decided to explore Granite Island. We wanted to ride the horse-drawn tram to cross the island, but it wasn’t available in anticipation of an extreme hot weather that day. And so, we hiked all the way following the kaiki walking trail to circumnavigate the island. It was approximately a 2.6 kilometres walk including the causeway bridge. The trail features sculptures, amazing coastal views and huge granite boulders along the way. There is also a Penguin Centre on the Island.
Other entertainment within the waterfront:
– Camel & Pony rides on the beach
– SA Whale Centre
– Girdler Family Amusements
– Picnic and Swimming
In the afternoon, we drove to Waitpinga Beach in the Newland Head Conservation Park. It was about a 20 minute drive from Victor Harbor. Please note there is no mobile signal in the area and the beach is not suitable for swimming. But the views are stunning, very fine sand and a great spot for beach fishing.
THE CASTLE, GOOLWA AND HINDMARSH ISLAND
We drove next to the Castle but was closed due to renovation. We proceeded to Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island instead to spot the sunset. It was a beautiful day with amazing friends. It’s certainly is a nice feeling being a tourist in your own state once in a while. Until our next adventures, Stay tuned!