Victor Harbor - Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

When, in the 1860s, nearby Pt Elliot proved too unsafe an anchorage for shipping on the South Coast, the authorities decreed that Port Victor on beautiful Encounter Bay would provide the replacement, serving the River Murray trade which terminated at Goolwa. Produce was transported by rail from Goolwa to the new port.

The town soon acquired a second life as a tourist playground for Adelaide, especially as the summers in Victor are usually much cooler.

Access by train became available in the 1880s - a scenic journey through the Adelaide Hills still popular today (by steam in winter).

Somehow a fair number of heritage buildings have managed to survive in Victor despite the endless pressures of modernisation and commercialisation. There is even something of an historic core around the railway station area.

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