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Encounter Bay from Port Elliot, South Australia

Encounter Bay is located on the south central coast of South Australia, some 100km south of Adelaide, South Australia. It is named after the encounter on 8th April 1802 between Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin, both of whom were charting the Australian coastline for their respective countries (Britain and France). The encounter between the scientists was peaceful, even though their countries were at war at the time.

The bay is a wide curve of coastline extending from Newland Head along the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula and southeast to Cape Jaffa, a distance of 180km. Settlements along the bay include Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa and Kingston SE. The Murray, Inman and Hindmarsh Rivers drain into the bay, and a long stretch of the shore south of the Murray Mouth borders the Coorong National Park.

References

  • Hodge, Charles Reynolds, Encounter Bay, the miniature Naples of Australia : a short history of the romantic south coast of South Australia, Adelaide, 1932, Reprinted Hampstead Gardens, S.A. : Austaprint, 1979, ISBN 0-85872-320-4.

Coordinates: 35°35′S 138°44′E / 35.583°S 138.733°E / -35.583; 138.733


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Victor Harbor article)

From Wikitravel

Victor Harbor is a large coastal town 80km southeast of Adelaide in South Australia.

Spelling mistake?

No, Victor Harbor isn't a spelling mistake - or at least not one within recent memory. It is an error in the early surveying of the town that has persisted to this day

Misty, pulling the Granite Island tram
Misty, pulling the Granite Island tram

Victor Harbor is tourist oriented, and has many accommodation options, and some purpose built visitor activities. It draws a weekend crowd from Adelaide, and some visitors from further afield. It does cater for the schoolies after exams finish for the year so take this into account when selecting a time to visit.

Get in

Most people get to Victor Harbor by a 90 minute or so drive from Adelaide, but there is a coach service run by Premier Stateliner [1] from Adelaide Central Bus Station and Goolwa. Fares are $19.50/$9.50. You can switch to a airport bus at Marion Shopping Centre rather than in Adelaide City, but check the timetable as buses to Marion only go every hour or so.

The Steamranger runs the Southern Encounter [2] service on Sundays twice monthly, giving around 4 hours to explore the town. Adults $48.00. Children 5 years and over $26.00. They also run a train to Goolwa Sundays, Wednesdays and every day during the school holidays. One way fares are available on request.

Get around

The Victor Harbor town is small enough to walk around. The shopping main shopping strip, cafes, and pubs are only a short walk to the fair and the causeway to Granite Island.

Parking get get a bit tight along the water, so once you have found a parking spot, best just to leave the car there and walk the rest.

Europcar have an agency operating out of the City Motel on Ocean Street, just off the main strip. They charge one-way fees to drive to Adelaide, but they may waive them if you talk to them directly.

Fountain in Victor Harbor
Fountain in Victor Harbor
  • South Australian Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, [3]. $8/$4.  edit
  • Whale watching. Southern Right Whales can be seen from the shore May until October. South Australian government runs a maintains a web page which contains the latest foreshore sighting information [4].
  • Urimbirra Wildlife Experience, (around 5km from Victor Harbour), +61 8 8554 6554.  edit
  • Nearby Inman Valley is on the Inman Valey Rd, about 14km inland of Victor Harbor. The town itself has a couple of houses and a farm equipment shop, but Selwyn's Rock, more commonly known as Glacier Rock is near here. Access is by a very short walk with steps.
  • The Bluff
  • Waitpinga Hill is a lookout over the town and the water, above Encounter Bay.
View back to Victor Harbor from Granite Island
View back to Victor Harbor from Granite Island

Granite Island is undoubtedly the major attraction of the town. It is linked by a wooden causeway to the mainland. You can walk across the causeway in 15 minutes or so, or you can take a horse-drawn tram across. It is free to walk, but you have to pay for the tram.

Once you get to the island there is a walk that circles the island, and takes around 45 minutes. There are windflowers, rock formations, and sea cliff views to see. There is a cafe/kiosk there too.

If you get the tram, it takes you further than just across the causeway. It travels around 200m on the island, as far as the cafe and visitor's centre complex - so it actually does save you are substantial walk - although it doesn't really save you any time.

The Bluff seen from Granite Island
The Bluff seen from Granite Island

No cars or bicycles are allowed on the causeway. Disabled visitors can arrange for taxi access through to the cafe.

  • There is a cycleway that goes from Victor Harbour along the coastline to Goolwa [5]. Bike hire is available in Victor Harbor.
  • Victor Harbor Cycle and Skate, (On the main road, near the corner of Island St), +61 8 8552 1417‎.  edit
  • There is a Golf Course just out of town.
  • There is a Putt-Putt golf in town.
  • Hotel Victor, Encounter Restaurant, and Norfolk Cafe. Cafe and restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pub bar, and bottle shop.

Sleep

For the tourist town that it is, there are numerous accommodation options here. The country motels, B&B's, hostels and rental accommodation.

  • Anchorage At Victor Harbor 21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor, SA, 5211 Phone: +61 8 8552 5970 Business Fax: +61 8 8552 1970
  • Sealink run coaches from here to meet the ferries to Kangaroo Island every day except Saturday and Wednesday.
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