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Victor Harbor – South Australia

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Victor Harbor

Victor Harbor was named by Captain Richard Crozier on 26 April 1837 after his ship, HMS Victor, was shipwrecked off the coast here. Yesterday we ventured back to those times by first boarding a Heritage railway train – the Cockle Train.'Baggage Porter ?' The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray & the ocean wharfs at Point Elliot & Victor Harbor & was named because local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the beaches near the Murray mouth.'The train is coming' The train weaved its way through lush green meadows, complete with cows, then beautiful ocean views with whales convorting only 100 m off shore & historic towns of Port Elliot and Middleton before reaching our destination of Goolwa. Goolwa was once a thriving river port & is the only place in Australia where steam trains and paddle steamers meet & together with Victor Harbor, the only place in the world where you can catch a steam train, wood driven paddle steamer & horse drawn tram. We experienced all of these, even watched the paddle steamer fire being fed with wood. What a magic way to spend father’s day 2016. More adventures tomorrow as we head for Mount Gambier.
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