Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor is a town perched on the edge of dizzying sea cliffs on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the mantra in this historic town, which is why a horse-drawn tram still provides the link to Granite Island and Encounter Bay can be traversed on a scenic stream train. Dive into the depths of Encounter Bay to explore the reefs and islands with your snorkel and mask or spot whales, seals, penguins and dolphins from a cruise boat.

Frequently Asked Questions about Victor Harbor

Why is Victor Harbor spelt without a "u"?

The spelling of Victor Harbor has tripped up many careful writers. Back in 1838, Governor Gawler officially named the seaside town Victor Harbor, echoing the popular American spelling. The name was later changed to Port Victor, until 1921 when the name went back to Victor Harbor, making this a cautionary tale of how spelling errors can haunt us for ages to come.

Where can I fish in Victor Harbor?

Victor Harbor is an awesome place to fish for salmon, whiting, bream and more. Try your luck at Bluff Jetty on the south side of town, or Causeway Jetty closer to the city centre. Bonus: You'll have great views while catching your next meal! Just make sure you've taken all the right steps and have permits for fishing in South Australia.

When is whale season in Victor Harbor?

Whale watching season in Victor Harbor begins May 1 and runs-er, swims?-through September 30. During this time, you'll be able to see several species including the endangered southern right whale.