I don’t think we picked the best time to go to Victor Harbor. I could tell the area was quite pretty, but it was really hard to like the place when it was raining, windy and extremely cold!!!
We choose to stay at the park that was not on the beach, because of the price initially, but it was definitely the right decision as it was a little protected from the winds that come howling in off the ocean.
Once we had set up camp, we took the kids over to Granite Island. This is a nesting area for penguins, though the best time to see then is at sunset. You can access the island by the pedestrian bridge either walking or catching a lift on the horse drawn tram. We choose to walk one way and tram it back.
We were certainly glad that the bridge has hand rails on it otherwise I think we may have been blown right off!!! It was windier than at Beachport.
We nearly didn’t continue...the wind was ferocious and bitterly cold! Not fun!
The island actually offers protection from the wind once you arrive. We walked around to the cafe/ research building side and then continued up and around. The waves crashing over the break wall were awesome to watch. Given it was so cold and windy we did not continue on the island walk....a bit of a shame as it was very pretty and informative.
The tram ride back was led by “Thomas” the Clydesdale horse. Just a magnificent animal. Everyone agreed that this was a highlight....not only because the inside of the carriage was so much warmer than being outside!!!
At the return side of the bridge was a stall selling hot donuts.....this guy must make a killing being positioned here. We certainly made the most of it and warmed up the insides with the delicious cinnamon treats.
The next day I decided it was time to check out some local produce....namely of the alcoholic kind! We took a drive up the Currency Creek area to sample some local wines. Very nice.
Drove through Goolwa on the way back and over to Hindmarsh Island to see where the Murray River meets the ocean. It surprised us that such a large river has such a small mouth. From what we gathered from talking to others around us, the mouth was actually wider than it has been for many years because of the large amount of rain.
Weather remains cold and windy....that’s it for us, time to move on.....