The charming historic port
town of Port Elliot is located 91 km south of Adelaide,
on the coastline between the towns of Victor
Harbor and Middleton.
The villages 19th Century heritage is reflected in the
architecture including The Strand, an historic shopping
precinct well known for its cafes, antique and gift shops.
The remains of a breakwater built in 1854 remains at
the southern end of the beach. It is a reminder of the
shipping harbour that was constructed and linked to the
Murray river by steam train. Goods were shipped up and
down the Murray River by paddlesteamer. Port Elliot was
surveyed in 1852 and named after Sir Charles Elliot who
was the Governor of Bermuda, Trinidad and St Helena.
The shipping port at Port Elliot turned
out to be a bit of a disaster. A profit was rarely
made. The waters at Port Elliot were too shallow,
the jetty that was built was not long enough and
the location of rocks close off the shore which caused
several shipwrecks meant that the port was eventually
moved to Victor
Harbor. The town continued to grow though with
the establishment of a number of guest houses and
hotels. Today, Port Elliot is a popular and relatively
unspoiled seaside holiday destination.
Port Elliot is the ideal location for
a spot of whale watching between June and October.
A scenic lookout provides wonderful vantage point
to watch the Southern Right Whale during breeding
season. At the same time enjoy views over Horseshoe
Bay, Pullen Island and across Encounter Bay to Granite
Island and Victor Harbor. Seals can also sometimes
be seen diving in the waters.
For swimmers and surfers safe surfing
beach is located in the picturesque Horseshoe Bay.
There is also a cliff top walking path Which provides
stunning views of Encounter Bay.
An ideal surfing spot, ride the huge waves which caused problems for early
sailing ships. Boomers Beach, is well known by surfers and when the waves
are up it is considered one of the best surfing locations on the South Australian
Crows Nest Lookout
Overlooking Goolwa, Middleton and part of Port Elliot this lookout will provide
some of the best views you will ever see.
The Discovery trail passes numerous attractions in the area around Port Elliot.
The coastal walk passes Aboriginal middens, the blowhole and Watsons Gap
at the end of Boomers Beach, whilst the Red Walk passes 28 buildings in the
heart of town including the Hotel Elliot (1868), the Council Chambers (1879),
and in The Strand, the Library (1880), the Institute (1882), the Court House
(1866) and Police Station including old court room (1853). The walking maps
are available at the Port Elliot Historical Centre, located in the Railway
Station between The Strand and Young Street.
A protected swimming beach is located in Horseshoe Bay and is popular with
families. There is a playground for the kids or try a spot of fishing from
the Jetty. A pathway follows the rugged coastal cliffs allowing you to explore
the small bays and beaches.
Pullen Island Conservation
This small 1 hectare island off Port Elliot, can be viewed from Freeman Nob.
It is a haven for a variety of seabirds. Permission from the NPW SA office
in Victor Harbor is required prior to visiting the island.
The Steam Ranger Cockle Train
The steam train which runs during school holidays is a great testimonial to
the history of the area. It has played a major part of Victor Harbor's history
since 1853 when the rail line was extended from Goolwa and Port Elliot.
Steam Ranger travels the original
route between Goolwa and Port Elliot to Victor Harbor.
It was the first railway in South Australia and also
the first public line to be laid with iron rails
in Australia. It started in 1853 and was officially
opened in May 1854.
The steam trains of the region were
soon known as 'cockle trains' due to the train's
close proximity to the foreshore which are abundant
with cockles (a type of shell fish).
The historic Strand contains craft shops, cafes, antique shops and gift shops.
At the end of The Strand is the magnificent Southern Ocean and access to
a viewing point over Horseshoe Bay. This lookout is a great spot to watch
the Southern Right Whales in Winter.
The area has a Mediterranean style
climate with an annual rainfall of approximately
500mm or 20 inches. The majority of rain is received
from May to September.
Average winter temperatures 10-18 degrees
Average summer temperatures 24-35 degrees celsius
Port Elliot is easily accessed by:
Port Elliot is an easy drive about 91 kms taking approximately 1 hour 30
minutes from Adelaide CBD
Seaside accommodation in Port Elliot
ranges from heritage bed and breakfasts, hotels,
motels, beach holiday homes, self contained apartments
and a caravan park offering cabins and camping grounds.
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