For over 100 years, Victor Harbor has been South Australia’s most visited and most famous seaside destination, with day-trippers and holiday makers wandering across the causeway to Granite Island followed by a trip up the Mainstreet for a visit to the lolly shop, fish and chips or afternoon tea and a meander through the shops.
On a sun kissed Sunday thousands of Adelaideans still make the trip, almost 200,000 per year. Victor Harbor is blessed with a Mainstreet precinct full of historical charm, complete with a sea breeze at its feet and encompassing the lovely green town square that is Warland Reserve, where many great events are held throughout the year .
In 2014, Victor Harbor was awarded best Regional Mainstreet in South Australia thanks to Mainstreet SA. The City of Victor Harbor is proud to partner with our fellow Fleurieu Councils to host the 2016 Mainstreet SA State Conference.
The Alexandrina region is uniquely positioned in the picturesque Southern Fleurieu Peninsula at the end of the River Murray and as a gateway to the iconic Coorong. It is within an easy drive from metropolitan Adelaide – about an hour and a quarter or 85km south of Adelaide.
The Alexandrina Council area comprises of 182,684 hectares. It extends from the north-western side of Lake Alexandrina to the Murray Mouth and the western end of the Coorong - taking in river communities of Langhorne Creek, Milang, Clayton Bay, Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island. It extends along the south coast to Port Elliot and inland to Mount Compass and Strathalbyn.
The Alexandrina vision is about ‘connecting communities’ through regional innovation, a thriving environment, quality of life and wellbeing for all, increasing cultural vitality and activating vibrant spaces.
The Alexandrina community encompasses many townships, villages and rural areas, with two major hubs of Strathalbyn to the north-east (edge of the Adelaide Hills) and Goolwa (to the south at the end of the River Murray). The Alexandrina area is one of the fastest growing regional areas in South Australia – experiencing peri-urban trends while also noted for its high quality agricultural production (the second largest industry in the region). The area is renowned for its environment, heritage and lifestyle.
City of Onkaparinga
Located just 40 minutes from Adelaide’s Central Business District, the City of Onkaparinga is South Australia’s largest metropolitan Council and one of the State’s fastest growing areas. The city is focussed on sustainable growth and development, diversifying its economy, strengthening relationships and fostering strong, vibrant communities, making it a great place to live, work, visit and invest.
The city is playing an innovative leadership role in shaping, activating and managing our centres, neighbourhoods, townships, villages and precincts to be active diverse destinations. A key focus area includes the development and transformation of Noarlunga Regional Centre as a major commercial and urban hub, whilst activating the district centres of Seaford, Aldinga, Aberfoyle Park and Morphett Vale. The city is keen to promote character and heritage in McLaren Vale, Willunga, Clarendon and Aldinga townships whilst establishing coastal villages in places such as Moana, Port Noarlunga and Christies Beach.
To further support the shaping and activation of our destinations, the City of Onkaparinga established a pop up shop on Beach Road, Christies Beach, with the support of a local landlord with a vacant shop and the business and tourism association. The pop up shop is a creative space to engage with residents and local businesses to build a bank of ideas and opportunities to activate and enhance the area. The initiative has been highly successful with the model transferrable to other key centres across our city.
Take the opportunity as part of the Mainstreet SA conference to experience and explore our city offering an unmatched range of world class vineyards in the McLaren Vale wine region, quality restaurants and cafes, superb farmers markets and stunning natural attractions including 31kilometers of breathtaking coastline, reefs and surf beaches.
District Council of Yankalilla
The District Council of Yankalilla stewards some 750 square kms of South Australia’s glorious Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s where the Mount Lofty Ranges dramatically meets the coast. The district enjoys a Mediterranean climate with cool winters and warm to hot dry summers. With 2,700 kms of seasonal and permanent watercourses, 80 kms of rugged coastline and 25 kms of clean sandy beaches it’s no wonder that 4,500 people choose to call this place home – farmers, artists, retirees and many thousands more weekend residents and seasonal holiday-makers.
The District’s heritage began with Colonel William Light’s historic first landing in South Australia at Rapid Bay, which gave rise to the district’s primary production roots of dairy farming, commercial forestry, pasture improvement, livestock grazing and fishing. Rural life remains at the heart of the community with the landscape supporting fantastic farm gate and home grown produce. Sometimes you have to slow down to country speed as you find yourself sharing the road with farmers, their machinery, cows and sheep.
Rolling farmland is inter-woven with pristine conservation areas and native bush that envelopes townships and connects to Kangaroo Island across Backstairs Passage. Kangaroos and other wildlife also often feed by the roadside at dawn, dusk and night. Great expanses of pine forest spread across parts of the landscape and the life giving waters of the Myponga Reservoir are a scenic pleasure. The uncrowded, pristine waters of Gulf St Vincent offer great swimming beaches and the southern ocean provides rugged coastal adventures, and magnificent vistas. All these elements have combine to give rise to a groundswell of holiday house and café culture that injects a diversity of character and life experiences into the fabric of the place. The pool of talented artists is also growing. Pubs and community clubs remain central to the sense of community and the local characters are always around for a chat.