Victor Harbour is the next town encounted when traveling to Kangaroo Island. Once again this a nice coastal resort and is also deemed a city?? Victor Harbour is also an Adelaide retirement centre and a stroll in the streets reveals plenty of grey hair on the makeup of the population.
Victor Harbor sits was discovered by Matthew Flinders in the HMS Investigator in April 1802. Flinders was surveying the then unknown southern Australian coast from the west. He encountered Nicolas Baudin in the Le Geographe near the Murray Mouth several kilometers to the east of the present day location of Victor Harbor. Flinders named the bay Encounter Bay.
In 1837 Captain Richard Crozier who was en-route from Sydney to the Swan River Colony in command of the Cruizer-class “HMS Victor”, anchored just off Granite Island and named the sheltered waters in the lee of the island 'Port Victor ' after his ship. The town's name was changed to 'Victor Harbor' in 1921; as a result, it is said, of a near shipwreck blamed on confusion with Port Victoria in the Yorke Peninsula.
Victor Harbour is a ‘city’ where history and heritage is important and this evidenced by the Victor Harbour War Memorial. The trees almost 100 years old and planted in acknowledgement of the fallen in WW1.
When visiting Victor Harbour be sure to allow a day or two.