About 1.5 hours drive south of Adelaide, past the Southern Vales, there are four coastal towns – Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Middleton, Goolwa – that pretty much run into each other, making one long holiday coast. Everyone South Australian has their own favourite bit of this part of the world. For us it’s Port Elliot – a lovely historic little town. We love it because it’s small enough to park your car and leave it. Everything is within walking distance. So tip one, go there. Park the car, walk to the beach (the lovely Horseshoe Bay). Visit the bakery, the bookshops, the shops and boutiques. Breathe in the gorgeous sea air.
We have a local working on more tips for this part of the peninsula. In the meantime, here are a few hints to go on with.
- There is good info on the Victor Harbor tourist website
- Be warned, if you go in January there will be a crowd. This area is the summer holiday spot for Adelaidians. It isn’t a problem- but expect to queue at the bakeries and remember to book ahead if you want a table at a local restaurant.
- Walk. There is a great coastal walk/bike track from Victor to Goolwa via Port Elliot and Middleton.
- If you go in Winter, whale spot at Victor. Check the SA Whale Centre website. They have a on line register of sightings. You can also call their hotline on 1900 WHALES. Or, you can just ask (loudly) in one of the local shops. Someone always seems to know if there is a whale about.
- Learn to surf at Middleton. Google ‘surf lessons Middleton’ . It is a good safe place to learn because it is not high surf – but it is reliable. Once you have the skill under your belt you may want to hit some of the other beaches. Your teacher can tell you where. You can hire boards, wet suits – all you need.
Take a jumper. Even when it is belting hot in Adelaide, this side of the peninsula can be (delightfully) mild.