Port Elliot Tourism & Travel
Port Elliot Australia
Situated at the eastern end of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, Port Elliot is located on the scenic Horseshoe Bay 84kms from Adelaide. The historic seaside town emits a relaxed coastal atmosphere enhanced by beautiful beaches and a vibrant shopping and restaurant scene. Port Elliot is ideally situated within close proximity to the many delights of the Fleurieu Peninsula, including the excellent fishing spots and breathtaking natural scenery of Newland Head Conservation Park.
Port Elliot Attractions
Other than lying on the beach without a care in the world, visitors can discover Port Elliots local history on the Maritime Heritage Trail and at the National Trust Historical Display. For a leisurely walk or bike ride, Freeman Nob boasts spectacular views and coastal walks, and the Encounter Bikeway passes through Port Elliot on a scenic coastal route between Goolwa and Victor Harbor.
Port Elliot Beaches
The beautiful Horseshoe Bay is well and truly the highlight of Port Elliot. The scenic sheltered beach boasts great swimming and leisurely fishing from the jetty. A short drive away, Boomer Beach and Knights Beach are popular surfing destinations.
Port Elliot Shopping
What better way to complement a morning at the beach than an afternoon of retail therapy Only a short walk from the beach, The Strand features a number of boutiques and art and craft shops for a leisurely browse.
Port Elliot Events
The Port Elliot Show features everything found in a great agricultural show, such as entertainment, animal shows, competitions, show rides, and more. For a true country experience, Port Elliots fortnightly country market is filled with fresh local produce and other interesting products.
Port Elliot Restaurants and Cafes
Other than a number of boutiques, The Strand also boasts some great cafes and restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines including seafood, Mexican, and Italian.
Port Elliot - Near by
Ideally positioned on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Port Elliot is within close proximity to everything the delightful region has to offer. Just a short drive southwest leads to the historic town of Victor Harbor. Here visitors can hop on a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island often frequented by colonies of penguins, dolphins and the occasional whale. Also situated on the coast, the historic Goolwa is popular for great water sporting opportunities and beach or river fishing. Mt Compass, famous for its fresh local produce, and the internationally renowned McLaren Vale wine region are also accessible on a day trip from Port Elliot.
National Park Newland Head Conservation Park
Rugged headlands and long sandy beaches are found in Newland Head Conservation Park. Wiatpinga and Parsons Beach are favourites among the local surfers, and fishing along the beach is also popular with an abundance of salmon and mullet eager for a bite. Several walking trails take in magnificent scenery throughout the National Park, especially the Heysen Trail boasting panoramic views of Kangaroo Island, The Pages, and the Waitpinga Cliffs.
Port Elliot History
In 1850, the area was initially selected as the ocean port of the Murray River trade. The Township was proclaimed in 1854, and the first railway line in South Australia between Goolwa and Port Elliot was established to transport produce to the overseas port. Following several shipwrecks, Port Elliots bay was deemed not well enough protected. Therefore, the anchorage was transferred to Victor Harbor in 1864.
Port Elliot Today
In the Alexandrina Council, Port Elliots economy is largely supported by tourism. The population of some 3098 souls grows every year during the influx of visitors to this highly popular holiday destination.