Take a stroll back in time..
Take a stroll back in time..
A lot of people may have heard of the Victor Harbor Heritage Trail and I have mentioned it in other Victor Harbor articles, but less people are aware that there is now a Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail. Since 2010 the Victor Harbor National Trust and the City of Victor Harbor have been joining forces to develop this very interesting and informative walk into Victor Harbors past. The all new Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail which was officially completed in November 2016.
City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp is proud of the heritage trail initiative and particularly acknowledged Victor Harbor National Trust member, Pat Uppill, for her part in the project.
“On behalf of council, I acknowledge the significant body of work undertaken by Pat Uppill. As a National Trust member and someone passionate about promoting our local heritage, Pat has been instrumental in researching, collating and providing the written content for
every plaque,” Mr Philp said.
The new easily accessible trail celebrates Victor Harbor's rich and diverse history in a 3km self-guided walk past 38 heritage buildings within the Town Centre of Victor Harbor. It is a fascinating glimpse into Victor Harbors past and suitable for all ages and most fitness levels. Part of the initial process of developing this walk was for the City of Victor Harbor to, firstly identify the many State and Local Heritage listed buildings and then dedicate a heritage plaque to each one. There are over 50 plaques dotted throughout the township to promote Victor Harbors built heritage but to keep the walk comfortable and doable for most people they have focused on a selection relatively close to each other within the town centre which keeps the walk to about 1.5 hours in length, yet visits some of the most interesting sites. It all begins at the Harbormaster and Deputy Collector Customs House near the foreshore where the National Trust Museum provides an insight into some of the town's history. From there the Trail heads through the railways district before heading towards the main shopping district and Ocean Street.
As you head north along the trail, you will pass the old Tennis Clubhouse and an old Railway Cottage. Continuing on you will arrive at the communal part of the town where the first primary school, the headmaster's house, the town hall, the institute building and stunning churches still stand grand and proud.
The trail then returns to Ocean Street passing some current and former banks and the Victa Theatre before reaching the Coffee Palace (the perfect place to stop for a coffee and cake while on the walk).
Today, most of the heritage buildings on the trail are in alternative use. The Historic buildings not only give us a glimpse of our past and lend character to our communities but they are also serving practical purposes through a clever and creative adaptive re-use program which has been encouraged and supported by the National Trust and the City of Victor Harbor.
Further details on the Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, including maps, are available from the Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre.