Port Elliot lies on the shores of Horseshoe Bay on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an attractive historic town of 19th-century buildings fronted by exceptional beaches. Spend happy days at the seaside, discover local history and ride through the countryside on an old steam train.
The local coastline is a huge magnet for visitors. Swim and sunbathe at Horseshoe Bay's sheltered beach, surf the big waves at Boomer Beach and enjoy scenic walks. Cycle on the Encounter Bikeway, an on-road and off-road trail that links four coastal towns, including Port Elliot.
Stroll along the Port Elliot Maritime Heritage Trail, which features interpretive signs that detail 19th-century shipwrecks. The remains of these vessels are often visible from land. Stand by the limestone obelisk, which was historically used as a navigational aid for ships entering the harbor.
Pick up additional insights into local history when you explore the small town. Visit the Port Elliot railway station, which was built in 1853 and houses a historical display of photographs, maps and other items covering the town's early history. Leave the station aboard the Cockle Train, an old steam train that travels between Goolwa and Victor Harbor, crossing plains and climbing to the tops of coastal cliffs.
Continue your journey into the past back in the town. Enjoy a walk through the center, stopping at some of the 19th-century historical buildings, such as Hotel Elliot, the courthouse and police station and the council chambers.
Browse the independent boutiques and arts and craft stores along the Strand, Port Elliot's main street. It also has several restaurants and cafés.
Port Elliot and its beaches, shipwrecks and historical buildings are about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Adelaide. The town is small enough to walk around, but a rental car is a good option if you want to explore nearby attractions. Consider trips to Newland Head Conservation Park, the historical town of Victor Harbor and Granite Island, where you can see a colony of little penguins.