This week the boys and I took a day trip to the beautiful coastal town of Victor Harbor in South Australia, Australia. We visited some family friendly tourist attractions and this is what we thought.
Victor Harbor is about an hour and 20 minute drive from Adelaide. It’s not a bad drive, depending on the time of day you travel, getting out of the city can take some time but once you hit the Southern Expressway it’s pretty much straight to Victor.
We visited Victor Harbor in June which is our first month of Winter, there was some drizzle and it was cold but not unbearable to be outside.
Our first stop for the day was Willunga Hill. During January (our summer) Adelaide hosts a bike race – Tour Down Under. Willunga Hill is one of the biggest challenges. I can see why. It’s a long steep climb. No problems in the car but on a bike – no thanks I’ll leave that for the professionals!!!
We stopped at a look out to check out the view. It wasn’t a clear day but it was still a nice view, I can imagine it would be beautiful on a clear day.
We didn’t stop at the town of Willunga on this trip but it is a beautiful little spot to visit.
For more on the town of Willunga visit Willunga Business and Tourist Association website
Urimbirra Wildlife Park
Urimbirra is located about 5 minutes outside of Victor Harbor. It is a wildlife park which gives visitors the opportunity to walk amongst and see more than 70 species of Australian animals in their natural surroundings.
We arrived at the park in time for an up close look at the Koalas. Visitors are allowed into the enclosure at designated times to hear a keeper talk and pat the Koalas. We then fed the kangaroos and visited the reptile enclosures before finally visiting some Australian native birds.
After seeing the animals we picked up a snack at the cafe/gift shop and sat in the lovely picnic area which had a small playground. The park was pram friendly, Kangaroos roam, they seemed to be used to the visitors and kids.
We spent about 2 hours at the Park, you could easily spend more and see other keeper talks.
For more information about Urimbirra including the current entry prices please visit their website.
As a single mother with 4 children I’m always on the look out for cheap eats. As we were doing a day trip and would probably end up having cereal or toast for dinner we decided to head to Hotel Crown for lunch.
A hot meal for myself and 3 kids including drinks for under $50 definitely meets my “cheap eats” requirement! Along with the meals came the salad and vegetable bar. Plus there was a little play area where B3 kept himself busy while the rest of us ate. As far as eating out with 4 kids goes – it was very relaxing. I’d go back again.
You can view the full menu at the Hotel Crown website.
SA Whale Centre
After lunch we then headed to the SA Whale Centre which was right next door to the Hotel Crown. This was a huge surprise. I thought it was more of a tourist information stop. A place to pick up some maps and continue on our way. From the outside it didn’t look very big.
It’s actually a educational experience for kids and adults filled with many facts and features including interactive displays. It is spread out over 3 levels.
We decided to take the quiz which took us around the different exhibits on the main level and cellar level. For completing the quiz the kids received stickers, tattoos, stationery and magnets.
Also in the Whale Centre was a 3D movie theatre, Southern White Whale Skull and other exhibits about Southern White Whales. There was a special kids zone where the kids could dig for fossils and crawl through a giant squids belly. This area appealed to B3 who is 3 years old but even B1 (aged 10) got involved.
There is no pram access to the cellar and top educational area, you are welcome to leave your pram at the entrance. Even though it was bigger than I thought it wasn’t a problem for B3 to walk around by himself and for me to carry B4.
For more information, including entry prices etc check out the SA Whale Centre website.
Next we jumped in the car to take in the scenery (and to put the younger 2 to sleep!). We headed along the coast where we could see the Bluff in the distance.
Definitely the nicest view was at The Bluff itself.
During the months of May to October there is an opportunity to see whales from the Bluff, we thought we saw one but the waves weren’t very big and they kind of looked like whales so it was hard to tell. The staff at the SA Whale Centre said that the best month to see whales is July. There are plenty of walking trails along and up the Bluff. If I’m being completely honest, I wouldn’t attempt many of them with children the ages of mine (8 months – 10 years) but would definitely check them out if I didn’t have the children with me.
The boys and I had an awesome time checking out the attractions at Victor Harbor. There were so many more things to see in the town itself and in neighbouring towns such as Port Elliot and Goolwa. My recommendation would be to check out the accommodation in the region and stay for a few days.
Thank you to the lovely staff at the attractions and places we visited, great way to spend a day exploring our beautiful world.
If you are interested in visiting Victor Harbor, check out this website for all the information you’ll need.