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City of Victor Harbor Council.
On October 31 1975, the District Council of Encounter Bay and the Corporation of Victor Harbor amalgamated to form the District Council of Victor Harbor.
On 1st February 2000 the District Council of Victor Harbor became known as the City of Victor Harbor. A new name, new logo and new direction reflect the dynamic changes occurring within the community and the significance of Victor Harbor as the regional centre for the southern Fleurieu Peninsula.
The Victor Harbor Council covers an area of 34,463 hectares and shares boundaries with Yankalilla and Alexandrina Councils. The City is located 80 kilometres south of Adelaide on the shores of Encounter Bay. The population of the City of Victor Harbor Council area is approximately 11,500 residents. At any given time it is estimated that 2,000 or more additional visitors are residing in our community as tourists or people frequenting their holiday home. At peak tourist season from December to February the population grows to almost 30,000.
The major employers in the region are in tourism, retail, light industry and primary production. As the regional centre for the southern Fleurieu Peninsula Victor Harbor provides a broad range of retail, commercial and public service facilities.
Residents and visitors of the Victor Harbor City Council can enjoy an extensive range of sporting and recreational activities. The Victor Harbor Indoor Recreation Centre provides for basketball, volleyball, table tennis, social dancing, indoor soccer, gymnastics and other activities. There also opportunities to participate on a social or competitive basis in golf, tennis, football, lawn bowls, croquet, petanque, netball, hockey, horse riding, harness racing and sailing. For those who wish to take in the scenery, a bike ride or walk along the Encounter Bikeway or stroll along the Heysen Trail provides an enjoyable experience.
Local natural attractions include Granite Island, Rosetta Head (The Bluff), surf beaches, whale watching and penguin colonies. In addition, there are a number of developed attractions including the Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island, Greenhills Adventure Park, the South Australian Whale Centre, Encounter Coast Discovery Centre, the Cockle Train, Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Wild Rose Cottage and Miniature Village, Nangawooka Flora Reserve and the Dunes Mini Golf Park.
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