Fluerieu Peninsula Attractions

Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor, Hayborough, Port Elliot, Middleton and Goolwa local attractions

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Be sure to check out the latest and greatest attraction in Victor Harbor, Swim with the Tuna located just off Granite Island


Victor Harbor

 

Granite Island Nature Park - Guided Penguin Tours

Granite Island Nature Park - Guided Penguin Tours

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Welcome to the Granite Island Recreation and Nature Park - home to the magical Little Penguins. Granite Island is home to a small colony of wild Little Penguins, who return home ...more

Granite Island Recreation Park

Granite Island Recreation Park

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Home to the magical little penguins and the majestic southern right whale, this island is characterised by huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen. Take a short stroll or ...more

Kiri Kiri Aboriginal Art Gallery and Gifts

Kiri Kiri Aboriginal Art Gallery and Gifts

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Kiri Kiri Fine Art Gallery specialises in Aboriginal art sourced directly from remote central Australian art centres. The gallery represents more than 200 predominantly South Au...more

McCracken Country Club Golf Course

McCracken Country Club Golf Course

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Located one hour from Adelaide at Victor Harbor on the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula, this 4.5 star resort is the ideal destination for your next getaway, offering luxury accommod...more

South Australian Whale Centre

South Australian Whale Centre

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The South Australian Whale Centre is South Australia's largest marine focused interpretative centre and has the only marine focused three-dimensional theatrette in South Australia....more

The Joyful Buddhas

The Joyful Buddhas

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Experience peace and harmony at The Joyful Buddhas, Yoga and Wellness Studio. Situated in the heart of Victor Harobr on the Fleurieu Penninsula, The Joyful Buddhas is a place wh...more

Victor Harbor Farmers Market

Victor Harbor Farmers Market

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The Victor Harbor Farmers Market showcases regional produce from the Fleurieu, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide Hills and Riverland regions. The market operates every Saturday 8.00 am - 1...more

Victor Harbor Golf Club

Victor Harbor Golf Club

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The Victor Harbor Golf Club course, not long by today's standards, needs straight shot making in order to score well. It is accorded an Australian Course Rating of 71 and is 5,962 ...more

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tramway

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tramway

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Take a ride on the only horse-drawn tramway in Australia, and one of the few services to run throughout the year worldwide. Magnificent Clydesdale horses draw you along the causewa...more

Art@Goolwa Inc

Art@Goolwa Inc

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Art@Goolwa Inc is a cooperative of 25 local artists exhibiting original work and encouraging art in the community. The gallery features art by award winning artists across all m...more

Encounter Bikeway

Encounter Bikeway

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Located on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula (approximately 90 minute drive South of Adelaide city), the Encounter Bikeway travels along pristine coastline linking the heritage town...more

Fleurieu Distillery & Steam Exchange Brewery

Fleurieu Distillery & Steam Exchange Brewery

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The Fleurieu Distillery and Steam Exchange Brewery, located in the centre of the historic Goolwa Wharf Precinct, revives the grand tradition of Distilling Single Malt Whisky and br...more

Paddle Steamer Oscar W

Paddle Steamer Oscar W

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The Oscar W is a steam driven wood fired authentic working paddle steamer built at Echuca, Victoria in 1908. Located at the Main Wharf in the historic Goolwa Wharf Precinct, Gool...more

River Boat Trail

River Boat Trail

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Take a drive along the Murray River shores to learn about the history of the river. See the majestic cliffs and follow the trail of signs. Pelicans, swans and other birds are commo...more

River Dolls Of Goolwa

River Dolls Of Goolwa

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River Dolls of Goolwa offers two experiences for all members of the family when you visit. A display of 3000 items showcases dolls, toys, teddies, trains and other childhood memora...more

Tourist Drive Route 50

Tourist Drive Route 50

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Tourist Drive Route 50 is 73 kilometres of breath taking coastal and rural scenery. On your journey you will see some of the most picturesque and historic locations the Fleurie...more



 

Historical Attractions

 THE OLD CUSTOMS & STATIONMASTER’S HOUSE
– 2 Flinders Parade. 

This house was built of stone in 1866 by the Contractor, Mr Robert Redman, as a new residence for the Collector of Customs and Harbour Master. The original building cost 1,300 pounds ($2,600) to construct. It was of Georgian style with a slate roof and verandah along the front and back. In 1911, the South Australian Railways acquired it for use as a station-master’s residence, and it served that purpose for some 60 years. The South Coast Branch (now the Victor Harbor Branch) of the National Trust became the occupier in 1986, and has since built the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre adjacent to the Old Customs House as a Museum to showcase the history of the south coast area. An interesting feature attached to the old building is the original Victor Harbor public toilet.

POLICE POINT

This is the point of land leading to the Causeway, so named because the only substantial building in Victor Harbor in 1840 was the Police Station, erected on what is now Warland Reserve, and eventually demolished in 1912. In 1863, two bridges were opened – the Alexandra Bridge over the Hindmarsh River and the Newland Bridge over the Inman River. They gave easy access to Police Point where the beginning of organised settlement then began to take place

VICTOR HARBOR HORSE DRAWN TRAM

The Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram was originally established in 1854 to link the Murray Darling pastoral riches coming into the river port of Goolwa, the salt-water port of Port Elliot and to the international markets. When Port Elliot failed to provide safe anchorage, the railway was extended to Port Victor and by wooden causeway, across to the sheltered anchorage off Granite Island. The Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram was notably, Australia’s first rail service. In December of 1894, the first passenger service was introduced by the South Australian Railways to transport tourists to and from the scenic Granite Island. The Horse Drawn service was replaced in 1954 with a less popular motorised ‘tractor tram’. In 1986 the District Council of Victor Harbor re-established the original horse drawn tram service as a Jubilee 150 community project and has continued to operate daily and win numerous awards.

 

THE CAUSEWAY, BREAKWATER and SCREWPILE JETTY

Construction of the Victoria Pier was begun in 1862 and took nearly two years to complete. It was almost 600 yards long and cost about 8,800 pounds ($17,600). Even while Victoria Pier was being completed, there was a strong local push for it to be extended to Granite Island. Owing to increase in trade in the following years, it was decided to continue with the extension, which was completed in 1875. During the progress of work, great difficulty was encountered in driving piles through the limestone crust of the reef. At this time, the first shipping pier was built at Granite Island and known locally as the Working Jetty, followed by the Screwpile Jetty (a unique pier secured by screwing the piles directly into the granite seabed), and the breakwater, which was completed in 1882 using granite stone blasted from the eastern end of the Island


WOOL STORES

Flinders Parade. Several large stores were erected along the railway line in 1870 and used for dumping and storing wool awaiting shipment. The last remaining wool store building, used by George Read, has been extended and is now used by the local R.S.L. members as their Clubrooms.

 THE OLD CUSTOMS & STATIONMASTER’S HOUSE
– 2 Flinders Parade. 

This house was built of stone in 1866 by the Contractor, Mr Robert Redman, as a new residence for the Collector of Customs and Harbour Master. The original building cost 1,300 pounds ($2,600) to construct. It was of Georgian style with a slate roof and verandah along the front and back. In 1911, the South Australian Railways acquired it for use as a station-master’s residence, and it served that purpose for some 60 years. The South Coast Branch (now the Victor Harbor Branch) of the National Trust became the occupier in 1986, and has since built the Encounter Coast Discovery Centre adjacent to the Old Customs House as a Museum to showcase the history of the south coast area. An interesting feature attached to the old building is the original Victor Harbor public toilet.

POLICE POINT

This is the point of land leading to the Causeway, so named because the only substantial building in Victor Harbor in 1840 was the Police Station, erected on what is now Warland Reserve, and eventually demolished in 1912. In 1863, two bridges were opened – the Alexandra Bridge over the Hindmarsh River and the Newland Bridge over the Inman River. They gave easy access to Police Point where the beginning of organised settlement then began to take place

VICTOR HARBOR HORSE DRAWN TRAM

The Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram was originally established in 1854 to link the Murray Darling pastoral riches coming into the river port of Goolwa, the salt-water port of Port Elliot and to the international markets. When Port Elliot failed to provide safe anchorage, the railway was extended to Port Victor and by wooden causeway, across to the sheltered anchorage off Granite Island. The Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram was notably, Australia’s first rail service. In December of 1894, the first passenger service was introduced by the South Australian Railways to transport tourists to and from the scenic Granite Island. The Horse Drawn service was replaced in 1954 with a less popular motorised ‘tractor tram’. In 1986 the District Council of Victor Harbor re-established the original horse drawn tram service as a Jubilee 150 community project and has continued to operate daily and win numerous awards.

 

THE CAUSEWAY, BREAKWATER and SCREWPILE JETTY

Construction of the Victoria Pier was begun in 1862 and took nearly two years to complete. It was almost 600 yards long and cost about 8,800 pounds ($17,600). Even while Victoria Pier was being completed, there was a strong local push for it to be extended to Granite Island. Owing to increase in trade in the following years, it was decided to continue with the extension, which was completed in 1875. During the progress of work, great difficulty was encountered in driving piles through the limestone crust of the reef. At this time, the first shipping pier was built at Granite Island and known locally as the Working Jetty, followed by the Screwpile Jetty (a unique pier secured by screwing the piles directly into the granite seabed), and the breakwater, which was completed in 1882 using granite stone blasted from the eastern end of the Island


WOOL STORES
Flinders Parade.

Several large stores were erected along the railway line in 1870 and used for dumping and storing wool awaiting shipment. The last remaining wool store building, used by George Read, has been extended and is now used by the local R.S.L. members as their Clubrooms.

 

THE SOLDIERS’ MEMORIAL GARDENS
– Flinders Parade.

The Norfolk Island Pines were planted by volunteers in memory of those who lost their lives during the World War of 1914-18, and an extensive garden laid out, in the centre of which is the Memorial Monolith.



 THE ANCHORAGE
– (formerly “Warringa”) – cnr. Flinders Pde & Coral St.

Built in Queen Anne style as a residence in 1910 and extended in 1912. “Warringa’ was advertised as an exclusive guest house with conveniences on both floors and with accommodation for sixty guests. Another wing was added in 1952 in modern style, and it still operates as a guesthouse and restaurant