Our Discovery Centre has three display galleries that lead you through Victor Harbor’s history. It is a transition from before European settlement to the establishment of Victor Harbor as a tourist town.
For a more detailed explanation click on the links below.
Come on board!! Discover in our displays how in 1854 the first public railway service in Australia was opened and ran from Goolwa to Pt Elliot with horse drawn carriages, Because it was cheaper! See how they carried cargo from the Paddle Steamers in Goolwa to the ships sailing to Europe and America firstly in Pt Elliot and then changed to Victor Harbor. Find out why that happened.
Imagine the reaction of the local Ramindjeri when they saw these strange creatures sailing into their bay. They never got to meet them, but they must have wondered if this was an omen!
Find out how Matthew Flinders and Nicholas Baudin met, as they were travelling in opposite directions just off the mouth of the river Murray and then they taking anchor in the shelter between the Bluff and Granite Island. What a sight that would have been to see!
This wonderful house was designed and built in 1866. It was to be used as an office for the collection of customs and to house the Harbour Master and his family. The building was started two years after the commencement of Port Victor’s construction and the extension of the railway from Port Elliot.
It remained the harbourmasters house until the late 1880s when they were moved out to a house on Granite Island. It was then a private rental for a short while until 1912 when it became the railways Station Master’s House until 1977.
Today it is here for you to come and enjoy as you step back in time and journey through Victor Harbor’s history.