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Published September 4th 2013
Five new ways to have a whale of a time
If you've grown up in South Australia, it is highly likely that you've spent some time on the Fleurieu Peninsula, and probably specifically Victor Harbor or Goolwa. If you're a tourist, it is also highly likely that you've heard of Victor Harbor and had it recommended to you as a 'must see' whilst in South Australia.
Having spent much of my childhood rushing between Victor Harbor and nearby Goolwa whilst following various steam engines, I started to feel like I'd had enough of these popular holiday places to last me a life time. However, after an extended period of time of going nowhere near these locations, I was pleased to recently visit once again. This time I went with the intention of ensuring I did not resort back to the usual activities which I had exhausted in the past.
Walking out to Granite Island is great; catching the horse tram is a fun experience; finding penguins on the island at night is interesting; going to the beachside carnival during the school holidays provides some entertainment; eating fish and chips on the lawns near The Whale Centre is enjoyable; playing a round of mini golf passes the time; and driving to The Bluff guarantees some great scenery. However, this time I wanted to explore new places and find a way to liven up the treasured places from my childhood. I was able to do this with the following 5 new activities:
1. Middleton Beach Huts Situated halfway between Goolwa and Victor Harbor, Middleton is a great little spot to stay. Forget your average caravan park or motel and treat yourself to these rustic, chic, beach huts. There is a restaurant on site, friendly staff and the beach is just a short walk away. You can find the Middleton Beach Huts at 1 Charles Street, Middleton.
2. Goolwa Bakery Consuming fish and chips at the beach is the usual option. Change it up with some tasty treats from the Goolwa Bakery in the main street of the town. They offer a large range of savoury pastries and sweets such as cookies and scrumptious slices. You can find the bakery at 28a Cadell Street.
3. Antique Shop Victor Harbor has one of the most kitsch and eclectic antique shops I've visited. It's not a large store, but it's surprising how much fits in there. Young and old will be delighted with its contents. The only downside is that it's hard to know where to start. You will find anything from old photographs to vintage irons. The address of the antique store is 3 Eyre Terrace, Victor Harbor.
4. Big Duck Boat Tours By taking a Big Duck Boat tour you will see parts of Victor Harbor you didn't know existed. You will be whisked away at high speeds and enjoy rarely seen scenery. You will get to look at seals up close on Seal Island and spot dolphins congregating around Granite Island's breakwater. Big Duck Boat Tours leave from the Victor Harbor jetty and require bookings.
5. Bashams Beach Whale Watching Whale watching around Victor Harbor has always been extremely popular, however you need to know when and where to go in order to actually see a whale. In all my visits to Victor I had never actually seen a whale until recently, but that's because I had never really tried. To find out when and where you are most likely to spot a humpback whale, visit the Whale Centre in Victor Harbor. The spot where I finally got to witness these amazing creatures was a small location between Victor Harbor and Goolwa called Bashams Beach. There is a great viewing platform to spot whales from.
So whether you're planning on visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula, or like me had decided to have a break from visiting the same old places, keep these things in mind and try something a little different to enhance your next visit.