Our most recommended things to do in Victor Harbor

South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

1. 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.

From Victor Harbor: Seal Island Cruise

2. 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.

Encounter Bay: Southern Ocean Adventure Cruise

3. Encounter Bay: Southern Ocean Adventure Cruise

Spot seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales (seasonal), beautiful islands and coastline on a memorable 1.5-hour cruise. The cruise departs from Victor Harbor, located on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 90 minutes south of Adelaide’s center. Embark on a breathtaking cruise from the Granite Island causeway past many offshore islands and spectacular cliffs. Admire seals, sea lions and dolphins along the way from the waterline. Cruise through the Encounter Marine Park where you can view whales during the winter months when they migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters of Encounter Bay. Please note that whale sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

4. Penneshaw: Shore Excursion Kangaroo Island Scenic Tour

Discover Kangaroo Island, and it's local wildlife. Visit Seal Bay Conservation Park and watch the seals frolicking in their natural habitat. Make our way to Flinders Chase and see the iconic Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch before heading back to Penneshaw. Tour includes: Boardwalk Entrance where you can view the wild Australian Sea Lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park Remarkable Rocks & Admirals Arch Air conditioned transport Only available for Cruise Ship Passengers Small, Intimate & Personal with only up to 24 passengers Local Guide Pick up and drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal Packed Lunch included This tour runs on cruise dates only. Please also note that if your cruise ship requires us back before 4pm, sometimes we may have to alter the itinerary.

From Goolwa: Half-Day Coorong Experience

5. From Goolwa: Half-Day Coorong Experience

Discover the Coorong National Park on a 3.5-hour experience with lunch included. Cruise past the Murray Mouth and into the park for 1-hour guided walk. Tour departs from the old river port town of Goolwa, located 70 minutes south of Adelaide’s center.  A Ploughmans lunch is served on board as you cruise to the Goolwa Barrage and through the lock. Continue down to the Murray Mouth and into the Coorong National Park. Stop for a guided walk across the peninsula through dune vegetation to a beach on the Southern Ocean. Enjoy afternoon tea on the return journey to Goolwa.

From Adelaide: Victor Harbor & Southern Highlights Day Tour

6. 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.

Adelaide: Surfing Lesson at Middleton Beach with Equipment

7. Adelaide: Surfing Lesson at Middleton Beach with Equipment

Experience surfing with a group lesson that's perfect for beginners whether you're a solo surfer or want to bring a group of friends along too. Work on your abilities at South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula. With the help of your surf coaches, come away with a new skill and perhaps even a new passion. After booking, you will receive 3 e-books and instructional videos helping you to work on the basics from home. Before the class, get fitted for a wetsuit and the right size board. The equipment used on a 12-month rotation policy, meaning that you will be using the best modern boards and wetsuits. Begin on the beach and learn some of the fundamental techniques before taking things to the water. Take your skills to the next level with the help of your instructors who can provide you with tips and insights that come from years of experience. After the lesson, you can access photos of yourself surfing via Facebook.  

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

8. 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.

Discover Victor Harbor Guided Walking Tour

9. 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.

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based on 86 reviews

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.