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Soldier Memorial Gardens

Visit a beautiful green spot in Victor Harbor that features memorials to brave servicemen and women killed during international conflicts.

Enjoy quiet, reflective moments in the tranquil surroundings of the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens. This little green coastal escape is a tribute to the memory of Australian servicemen and women who lost their lives during times of war.

The garden was founded in 1917 and planted with 22 Norfolk Island pines to commemorate the 21 Victor Harbor men who died during World War I and the Unknown Soldier. Since then it has come to honor loss and sacrifice during subsequent international conflicts as well.

Stroll on the lawns or on the shaded path, passing the mature pine trees, including the original 22 memorial trees. Go to the small cenotaph, which has the names of people from the district who served during World Wars I and II and other conflicts.

See the marble Cross of Sacrifice, which has the words “Lest We Forget” inscribed in lead lettering. Nearby is the Long Tan Cross, a copy of a cross in a jungle in Vietnam that commemorates the Battle of Long Tan. Look at the field gun, which was captured from the German Army on the Hindenburg Line in France in 1918. After your walk, rest on a bench and enjoy the gorgeous coastal views as you reflect on the memorial.

Next to the memorial gardens is the Warland Reserve, which encompasses a playground, the South Australian Whale Centre and a fountain with a statue of a whale's tail. Make use of the picnic tables or the barbecue facilities of the adjacent Soldiers Memorial Reserve. While you are here, pay your respects to fallen soldiers at the memorial wall.

The Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens are open at all hours and there is no admission fee. The gardens are located next to the wooden causeway that connects Victor Harbor to Granite Island. The town is small enough to get around on foot, but if you don’t want to walk to the gardens, take a taxi or drive. There are free and paid parking spaces in the surrounding area.


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McCracken Country Club $76
McCracken Country Club

McCracken Country Club

Mccracken Drive, McCracken
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 1,022 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated on a lake, this romantic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of McCracken Golf Course, Victor Harbor Convention Centre, and Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk. Boomer Beach and Soldier Memorial Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Anchorage Seafront Hotel $53
    Anchorage Seafront Hotel

    Anchorage Seafront Hotel

    21 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 707 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Victor Harbor hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Soldier Memorial Gardens and Warland Reserve. Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk and Victor Harbor Convention Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Victor Harbor Station is only a 2-minute walk.

      Hotel Victor $84
      Hotel Victor

      Hotel Victor

      1 Albert Place, Victor Harbor
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 392 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated by the ocean, this hotel is steps from Warland Reserve and Soldier Memorial Gardens. Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk and McCracken Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Comfort Inn Victor Harbor $74
        Comfort Inn Victor Harbor

        Comfort Inn Victor Harbor

        2 Victoria St, Victor Harbor
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 205 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Victor Harbor, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Warland Reserve, Soldier Memorial Gardens, and Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk. Victor Harbor Convention Centre and Victor Harbor Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Victor Harbor City Inn $75
          Victor Harbor City Inn

          Victor Harbor City Inn

          51 Ocean Street, Victor Harbor
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 210 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Victor Harbor, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Warland Reserve, Soldier Memorial Gardens, and Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk. Victor Harbor Convention Centre and McCracken Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Apollon Motor Inn Golden Chain $80
            Apollon Motor Inn Golden Chain

            Apollon Motor Inn Golden Chain

            15 Torrens Street, Victor Harbor
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 115 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located near the beach, this family-friendly motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Soldier Memorial Gardens, Boomer Beach, and Knights Beach. Warland Reserve and Hindmarsh River Estuary Boardwalk are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Breeze Beachfront Apartments
              Breeze Beachfront Apartments

              Breeze Beachfront Apartments

              2-5 Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor
                 
                4.7
                of 5, from 159 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Offering direct access to the beach, this Victor Harbor apartment building is in the city center, steps from Soldier Memorial Gardens and Warland Reserve. Boomer Beach and Knights Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                The Penthouse 26 The Breeze - Sea Views Right in the Heart of Victor Harbor
                The Penthouse 26 The Breeze - Sea Views Right in the Heart of Victor Harbor

                The Penthouse 26 The Breeze - Sea Views Right in the Heart of Victor Harbor

                Victor Harbor
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on the beach, this apartment building is steps from Soldier Memorial Gardens, Warland Reserve, and Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram.