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Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail

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Published January 19th 2017
The early days before the horse drawn tram
It has been a labour of love since 2010 for the National Trust (Victor Harbor Branch) and the City of Victor Harbor but in November 2016 the Council announced the completion of the all-new Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Newland Memorial Uniting Church - Steve Hudson


The new trail celebrates Victor Harbor's rich and diverse history in a self-guided easy walk past 38 heritage buildings within the Town Centre of Victor Harbor.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Goods Shed - Steve Hudson


Since 2010, the City of Victor Harbor identified many State and Local Heritage listed buildings and provided them with a blue heritage plaque. While there are over 50 plaques throughout the township, each one outlining and promoting Victor Harbor's built heritage, the heritage trail focuses on a selection in the town centre, which are within a comfortable walk that takes around 1.5 hours.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Railway Station - Steve Hudson


The trail commences at the Harbourmaster and Deputy Collector Customs House near the foreshore where the National Trust Museum resides to provide an opening insight into some of the history of the town. From there the Trail heads through the railways district before heading towards the main shopping district and Ocean Street.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Harbourmaster and Customs House - Steve Hudson


Continuing further north the trail passes the old Tennis Clubhouse and an old Railway Cottage on its way to the communal part of the town where the first primary school, the headmaster's house, town hall, institute and churches feature prominently with long-standing grand buildings.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Tennis Clubhouse - Steve Hudson


The trail then returns to Ocean Street passing some current and former banks and the Victa Theatre before reaching the Coffee Palace, a building which once turned heads for the quality of coffee that it served.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Bank Plaque - Steve Hudson


Today, most of the heritage buildings on the trail are in alternative use through a clever and creative adaptive re-use program which has been encouraged and supported by the National Trust and the City of Victor Harbor.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Battye Store - Steve Hudson


Further details on the Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, including maps, are available from the Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre, the City of Victor Harbor office and various traders along the main streets of Victor Harbor.

Victor Harbor Town Centre Heritage Trail, Causeway, Horse Drawn Tram, Cockle Train, Crown Hotel, Hotel Victor, Coffee Palace, Newland Church, Steamranger
Historic Tram - Steve Hudson

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Thanks Steve. Just back from a weekend in Victor Harbour and found so many good things to see. Love the heritage buildings.
by sandy (score: 2|144) 301 days ago
Looks like the Tennis Clubhouse has been attacked by rising or salt damps. Perhaps all that new paving had breached the defensive layer of malthoid. - sometimes good intentions bring bad results.
Very interesting walk, thanks for it.
by daviddon (score: 2|176) 33 days ago
Excellent article & much needed promo for Victor Harbor. Thanks!
by jellybean (score: 1|48) 300 days ago
Sounds interesting. Its always good to hear about history. I appreciate the architecture of those old buildings.
by lauss (score: 1|16) 299 days ago
Good idea, this trail, sounds inviting.
uh-oh, the errant apostrophe struck the first plaque illustrated!
by daviddon (score: 2|176) 296 days ago
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