Victor Harbor: It ain’t just for the oldies!

Victor Harbor Tour

Victor Harbor Tour

If you mention Victor Harbor to many people, they will instantly think of surf, sand and SENIORS.

Silver hair, Lawn bowls and Gophers adorned with crochet rugs come to mind but VICTOR HARBOR AIN’T JUST FOR THE OLDIES!

Speed boats, skate parks, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, cycling, movies and more!

Inflatable Boat Tours

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Do you want a spectacular ocean adventure experience in and around Victor Harbor? Then join the Big Duck boat tour! The Big Duck is an 11.3 metre Naiad Rigid Inflatable Boat, purpose built for Southern Ocean conditions. The vessel has full sun protection, comfortable seating for up to 24 passengers and has a toilet on board and is equipped with the highest level of safety equipment and spray jackets for everyone.

See beautiful seabirds in their natural environment, dolphins gliding along next to the boat and jumping out of the water, showing off. You will also be entertained by the adorable seals diving into the water and playing. Whale watching is also possible between June – September and is something you don’t want to miss!

For more information, visit:

Victor Harbor Skate Park

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Hordes of young people flock to this popular new skate park on Franklin Parade at Victor Harbor, all with the same goal…. to get airborne!

Show off your skating, scooting or riding skills at the skate park by trying out all of its different features. The park is suitable for both advanced and beginner skaters. Often people will hang around the skate park just to watch the skating skills on display because it is an excellent spectator sport.

Location: Bridge Terrace, Victor Harbor

Lake Beaches and Watersports

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The Encounter Lakes waterway has two public swimming beaches, making it the perfect location for a number of aquatic activities. These beaches are very popular places for swimming, kayaking, canoeing or the newest craze SUP (Stand up paddling).

Don’t have a kayak? Need a SUP board? No problem. You can hire absolutely everything you need for a fun day on the water from the local Surf and Sun shop.

For more information on hiring, visit:

One beach (CM Thorpe Park) is on the corner of Matthew Flinders Drive and Bartels Boulevard, Encounter Bay. At the other end of the lake, on the corner of Tabernacle and Nicholas Boudain Drive is John W Compton Drive, which also has play equipment and lovely gardens.


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Ever thought about surfing on holiday at Victor Harbor? Victor Harbor itself has a few surf breaks, which are great when the surf is big! There are novelty spots like in front of the Anchorage Hotel or in front of Yilki General Store store and other places when the swell is huge.

There is also an island called Wright Island in Encounter Bay and its beautiful little beach is solely inhabited by birds. If you’re an experienced surfer there is a good surf break between Wright Island and The Bluff called Shark Alley.

This spot got its name as the whalers used to tether the whale carcases off of a rock on Wright Island while they got the whale meat etc. – the offal attracted many sharks and although they do not do whaling here anymore and shark sightings are rare – the name still remains.

Cycling Between The Bluff (Encounter Bay) and Murray River (Goolwa)

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Perhaps you would rather see the explore Victor Harbor by land? One of the best ways to explore the region is by bicycle via the Encounter Bikeway, a combination of shared off-road paths and quiet back streets stretching from The Bluff at Encounter Bay, just out of Victor Harbor, to the Goolwa channel, just outside the Goolwa township. Of course, you can join the track at any point and only need ride as far as you like.

The Encounter Bikeway stretches approximately 30km and makes for an easy and scenic ride. However, with so much to see and do along the way, it is best ridden in sections, and if you’re taking the whole family along, expect a slow ride; there are playgrounds every couple of kilometres!

Forgot your board or don’t want to lug that bike all the way to Victor Harbor? Surf & Sun can help!

For Surf board and bike hire, visit:

Go Loco with Some Mexican

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If you fancy a fine Mexican meal at a place with a remarkably unique menu, Loco’s is for you. This new and exciting restaurant has been an instant success here in Victor Harbor! It’s simple, yet vibrant and easily one of the best and hippest restaurants in this town. If you want a fiesta for your taste buds, head down Ocean street at Victor Harbor.

I think I will have the Spiced black bean taco with jalapeno aioli (served with sour cream, salsa, pickled radish slaw & flour tortilla) and a Frozen Margherita! Or maybe one of the LOCOS burrito’s? Perhaps a sangria too? Hmmm, I think there is room for it all!

Loco’s is a fully licensed restaurant (with a kids’ menu) and also offers take away. If you’re looking for something new, something fresh and fun, grab your amigo’s and spice up your evening at Loco’s.

For more information, visit:

Address: Upstairs, 17-21 Ocean St, Victor Harbor.
Phone: 08.8552.9883

Catch a Flick or Two

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Internet streaming was supposed to be the death of cinemas. But then so was the DVD and the Video cassette! Unlike DVD stores, cinemas are still going strong and the Victa Cinema is no exception.

The Victa Cinema has been operating since 1923 and has maintained many of its art deco features. It is rapidly approaching its 100th Birthday. Things have changed a lot in the past 93 years including a silver screen, Dolby sound and 3D!

During school holidays, the kids take over with most of the movies being screened catering to the kids. The movies change each week and you can check out whats showing on their website (see below).

A great option for young people on tight budgets looking for a bargain big night out with friends, is to do a “Movie Meal Deal”. Ranging from $30 for a movie and a meal, this makes for a very cheap night out. Participating restaurants are:
• The Grosvenor Hotel (right across the road from the cinema)
• The Crown Hotel (at the far end of Ocean Street on the left hand side)
• Ninos (Italian Café) (at the end of Ocean Street across the road).

Check the Victa Cinemas website to find out how the deal works.


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