Destination guide

Find holiday homes to rent in Encounter Bay

Located on the southern coast of South Australia, Encounter Bay includes both the body of water and the nearby coastal lands. The area also includes such settlements as Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Goolwa along with Granite Island and Seal Island. If you want to stay in a peaceful location that isn’t heavily populated, look into holiday homes to rent in Encounter Bay. All kinds of travellers will enjoy the beaches, prime fishing spots and the chance to explore the enchanting natural surroundings that South Australia has to offer.

Things to do

Exciting places to see near Encounter holiday rentals

Wherever you book your holiday accommodation, you’ll find many interesting sites to visit. You can take a horse-drawn tram on a wooden causeway to Granite Island, which is characterised by huge granite boulders adorned with orange lichen. At Granite Island Recreation Park, you can enjoy a great fishing spot at the jetty or night tours where, if you’re lucky, you might see little penguins. The island is also famous for its Sculpture Encounters where several innovative artwork pieces are displayed along the trails. Rosetta Head, also known as The Bluff, is an alluring destination where you can walk the nature trails to the top for a beautiful panoramic view of Victor Harbor and the ocean. You can kayak or sail a small boat around Wright Island and land on the splendid beach. Visitors are drawn to Petrel Cove Beach with its steep cliffs and jagged rock formations, though people should refrain from swimming there due to the frequently strong currents.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near holiday homes in Encounter Bay

Nature lovers come to Encounter Bay to embrace the beauty of the hiking trails and natural parks. Numerous holiday homes to rent are close to the 1200-km Heysen Trail, which stretches through much of South Australia and passes by national parks, pine forests and rugged gorges. Newland Head Conservation Park offers several hiking trails up hills that lead to a breathtaking view of Waitpinga Creek and Kangaroo Island. For those who prefer cycling, the Encounter Bikeway covers 30 km from Victor Harbor to Goolwa with pleasant coastal scenery to enjoy along the way.

Day trips

Fun day trips from Encounter Bay holiday accommodation

While Encounter Bay provides a terrific destination for your holiday, other locales within easy driving distance of holiday accommodation should be explored. The state capital of Adelaide, approximately 87 km north of Encounter Bay, offers family-friendly attractions such as the Adelaide Zoo and Adelaide Botanic Gardens. For more family fun, you can travel to Glenelg, about 80 km from Encounter Bay, and check out the Beachhouse, an amusement park with water slides and bumper boats. You can take a ferry boat to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island, where you can spot adorable penguins at the Penneshaw Penguin Centre. Barossa Valley, which is about a two-hour drive from your holiday home, attracts many visitors with its famous wineries and gourmet restaurants.


Top beaches near Encounter Bay holiday homes

Whether you want to surf or sunbathe, you’ll find much to do at the attractive beaches near holiday rentals. Port Elliot beaches include Horseshoe Bay, a popular choice for families with a playground and a great swimming experience. Nearby Boomer Beach attracts surfers with its powerful waves. Goolwa Beach is another ideal surfing destination, and couples can enjoy an evening stroll on the scenic boardwalk. Waitpinga Beach distinguishes itself with its reddish sands and is an excellent place to fish for salmon and mullet. From June to October, people flock to Middleton Beach in the hopes of seeing southern white whales come close to shore for mating season.

Where to stay near Encounter Bay?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 617 holiday rentals near Encounter Bay. From 535 Houses to 71 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Encounter Bay is on HomeAway.

Can I rent Houses in Encounter Bay?

Yes, of course. offers 535 Houses in Encounter Bay. Our other popular types of Encounter Bay holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 71 holiday houses
  • Cottages: 25 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 25 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Encounter Bay?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 29 holiday homes with pool available in Encounter Bay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.