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Back Valley: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Glacier Rock

The Glacier Rock is also known as Selwyn's Rock, and is a 500 million year old boulder transported by a glacier from the vicinity of Victor Harbor. A huge glacial ice sheet covered the whole of the south coast 250 million years ago. During this period Glacier Rock was dragged across the Fleurieu Peninsula by the ice helping to groove and scratch rock surfaces between Victor Harbor and Inman Valley. The grooves, scratches and crescent shaped marks on the rock surface of the Inman Valley River bed are significant evidence of the direction of the ice movement.

Glacier Rock was discovered in 1859 by ARC Selwyn a geologist for the South Australian Government. It was the first recorded discovery of glaciations in Australia. It was then rediscovered in 1897 by famous geologist Sir David Edgeworth and Dr Walter Howchin, from Sydney and Adelaide Universities. Doctor Albert Terrones Mexico pronounced Glacier (Selwyn's) Rock as one of the largest glacial exposures in the world.

Glacier Rock attracts geologists from all over the world.

Rockview Cafe,
1 Mount Alma Road
Inman Valley, SA, 5211

Located 4.4K from Back Valley

Victor Harbor Golf Club

The Victor Harbor Golf Club course, not long by today's standards, needs straight shot making in order to score well. It is accorded an Australian Course Rating of 71 and is 5,962 metres. The WGSA rating is 73 and the ladies course is 5,351 metres. Fairways are generally fairly narrow and there are many trees waiting to catch the wayward shots. The course is rated number one in the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Tee shot on the first hole gives a really exhilarating and breathtaking start as the tee is elevated high above the fairway adjacent to the Clubhouse with magnificent views of Encounter Bay.

Visitors are welcome all year round and the cub's Bar and Bistro has a relaxing environment.

Visit our web site for more details

126 Inman Valley Road
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 6.2K from Back Valley

Kiri Kiri Aboriginal Art Gallery and Gifts

Kiri Kiri Fine Art Gallery specialises in Aboriginal art sourced directly from remote central Australian art centres.

The gallery represents more than 80 predominantly South Australian artists and crafts people.

Kiri Kiri Gallery also showcases unique hand crafted gifts including glassware, wooden artefacts, ceramics, soft furnishings, weaving and jewellery.

The owner Helen worked as an Art Centre Manager for almost 10 years on the APY Lands and has a wealth of knowledge of Indigenous art and culture.

9 Coral Street
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 8.7K from Back Valley

South Australian Whale Centre

The South Australian Whale Centre is South Australia's largest marine focused interpretative centre and has the only marine focused three-dimensional theatrette in South Australia.

Visitors can experience the natural wonders of the deep, explore the world heritage listed railway building, and gain further knowledge about Victor Harbor and South Australia's marine treasures. The centre provides whale sighting information, education and research support services through a range of mediums. The centre brings together a unique collection of historic treasures, marine, cultural, and aboriginal heritage to deliver an inspiring and enjoyable experience for every visitor.

School, coach and tour groups are welcome. For whale sighting information between May and October call the South Australian Whale Centre Hotline 1900 942 537 or visit the website for details.

2 Railway Terrace
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 8.8K from Back Valley

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tramway

Take a ride on the only horse-drawn tramway in Australia, and one of the few services to run throughout the year worldwide. Magnificent Clydesdale horses draw you along the causeway from seaside Victor Harbor to Granite Island.

The tram travels across the 630 metre causeway throughout the day taking passengers to picturesque Granite Island. Approximately 100,000 visitors annually enjoy this experience. It has carried more than 2 million passengers since 1986.

Commencing in 1894 by the South Australian Railways, the service attracts visitors from all parts of the globe. Whether it is the experience of travelling on heritage transport, travelling across the sea, going to the Island and experiencing the nature walks, the opportunity of seeing marine life in their environment or the joy of meeting one of our Clydesdales, the tram caters for all.

When you arrive at Granite Island you can climb the boardwalk stairs to the highest point on the island for spectacular views of Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay, plus explore the scenery and many other vantage points on the walking trail around the island.

The Tramway operates every day, except for Christmas Day, from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 9.0K from Back Valley

Granite Island Recreation Park

Home to the magical little penguins and the majestic southern right whale, this island is characterised by huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen.

Take a short stroll or horse tram ride over the wooden causeway that connects the mainland at Victor Harbor to Granite Island Recreation Park.

The island is characterised by huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen, with the sound of waves crashing against rocky shores a stirring soundtrack to your visit.

Enjoy the coastal scenery and discover the island's interesting history along the Kaiki Walk or go fishing from the jetty, or causeway (no fishing from breakwater). You may even spot a southern right whale between June and October.

Granite Island Road
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 9.3K from Back Valley

Newland Head Conservation Park

Located on the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula, Newland Head Conservation Park is a popular destination for surfing and fishing.

The park protects two long beaches, Waitpinga and Parsons, as well as rocky headlands and surrounding coastal vegetation. Follow the walking trails along the rolling hills and rugged cliffs which provide panoramic views of the Waitpinga Creek, Encounter Bay, the Pages in Backstairs Passage and Kangaroo Island.

After a day of beach fishing, set up camp at Waitpinga Campground and enjoy the distant sound of waves rolling onto the beach. Due to strong rips and hidden gutters, the park's beaches are not suitable for swimming.

Dennis Road
Waitpinga, SA, 5211

Located 9.4K from Back Valley

Urimbirra Wildlife Experience

The Urimbirra Wildlife Experience gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian fauna in their natural surroundings.

The paths through Urimbirra allow you to see the animals at close range and a walk through the 16-hectare site is a photographer's delight. Freshwater and saltwater crocodiles are on display, as well as venomous snakes, pythons and lizards.

Located just five kilometres from Victor Harbor on the main Adelaide Road, Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'to preserve' or 'to take care of' and there is evidence on the site indicating canoes and shields were made from some of the trees by local Aboriginal groups in the past.

Visitors can interact with a range of animals daily. Koala shows at 11am, 2pm and 4 pm; Snake handling displays at 4pm.

10 Welch Road
Hindmarsh Valley, SA, 5211

Located 9.5K from Back Valley

Back Valley: Events

ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlons

The ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlons were created back in 1993 and are still going and growing today.

The day has 6 events in succession catering for whole family participation with a strong presence to safety and a keeping in mind the dollar factor. Participants can choose from 5km fun run, a 10km fun run, short fun triathlon (150m swim, 8 km bike ride and 1.5 km ) or the Olympic distance triathlon (1500m swim, 40km bike ride and 10 km run. If that was too hard, why not a 750 swim in the smooth clean warm, inland seawater lake. Cycle out in country on roads closed to traffic, and run around the subdivision. There is also an adults and even a kids event - 50m swim/wade, 2 km bike ride and 400m run for children aged 4 to 16.
After the last event stay around for presentation and random draw prizes.
Participants are welcome to come and cheer on the participants.

Please refer to event website for event maps and registration.

Event Dates
      10th Mar

Bartel Boulevard
Encounter Bay, SA, 5211

Located 7.9K from Back Valley

Encounter Celebration Festival

The Encounter Celebration Festival will commemorate the April 1802 meeting of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin in Encounter Bay.

The British and French themed Festival will feature a range of market stalls selling food, refreshments, jewellery, crafts and other wares, together with a program of live entertainment. Families will be able to participate in an adventure trail on Warland Reserve and Ocean Street. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite nautical character.

A display of historic French and British motor vehicles will honour the nationalities of the two explorers.

Event Dates
      8th Apr

Flinders Parade
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 8.9K from Back Valley

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