AN OLD COTTAGE IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO HUNT FOR WHALES IN VICTOR HARBOR, WRITES BRYAN LITTLELY.
Bluff View Accommodation 123 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay (Victor Harbor). Ph 8552 1200
time changes things – and I’m happy to say, in the case of Bluff View Accommodation at Victor Harbor, for the better. We were heading south in search of whales. There had been dozens of sightings around Encounter Bay and hopes were high that our quick visit would deliver the goods. Instead, I was sent on a journey back in time to my own childhood and beyond – all the way to the whaling days of the 1830s.
Our room for the night was the original Bluff whalers’ cottage, which was tastefully presented and managed to retain some of the original charm and character. It was once a museum – a place I visited often as a child, where I’d learned about the whaling operations of the area.
Nestled into the side of Rosetta Head (also known as the Bluff), the quaint old building was well equipped for a couple who needed to bunk down on a blustery and cold winter day. The self-catering accommodation featured a well-equipped kitchen, with microwave oven, fridge, stove and plenty of cooking utensils, crockery and glassware. The small dining area had the original wood oven still in the bluestone fireplace, while a cosy lounge area with television and DVD player offered another bluestone fireplace which, unfortunately, wasn’t in use.
French doors off the lounge opened to a veranda and one of the truly spectacular ocean views in South Australia. Waves lapped at the Yilki shores, pelicans paddled about by the boat ramp and you could see past Wright Island and Granite Island all the way to Pullen Island off Port Elliot.
Alas, no whales were in sight. All was well though, because we still had the resident magpies (which you can hand-feed) to keep us entertained.
The cottage had a comfortable double bed and a dressing area. A split system reverse cycle airconditioning system provided heating or cooling, but the position of the wall unit directly over the bed was poor.
The bathroom was in need of a general spruce-up but the deep, twoperson spa was a treat, especially on a wintry holiday. For summer stays, Bluff View Accommodation has a magnificent pool overlooking the bay, and wide, neat lawns where you might perch to take in the great view. Accommodation reviews are unannounced and paid for by SA Weekend.