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Port Elliot

One of the sweetest beach settings in South Australia, Port Elliot is a popular place to visit.

Port Elliot is a model seaside village, it has cafes, antique and gift shops along The Strand. Feel the sand between your toes at picturesque Horseshoe Bay - its large beach and safe swimming conditions which makes it a hit with the children. If you like surfing, Boomer Beach is the place to go, it lies on the western edge of the town.

Jump aboard the Cockle Train to nearby Goolwa or Victor Harbor - other popular seaside destinations - or try the cliff-top walking path for stunning views of the coast. The Encounter Bikeway weaves its way through Port Elliot's streets.

Port Elliot has a wealth of holiday accommodation to relax in. You'll find some great places and you may even want to bring your four-legged friend!

Port Elliot was selected by Governor Sir Henry Edward Fox Young in 1850 as the site for the ocean port of the Murray River trade. He named the place after his friend, Sir Charles Elliot. The township was proclaimed in 1854, the same year in which the first railway line in South Australia was opened between Goolwa and Port Elliot. The Governor's choice was unfortunate because the bay was not well enough protected. After several shipwrecks, the anchorage was transferred to the lee of Granite Island at Victor Harbor in 1864.

Port Elliot

Port Elliot: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Port Elliot Market

Port Elliott market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month as well as other special event days.

The market is held at Lakala Reserve, Young Street, Port Elliot, a pleasant location within walking distance of the main street, which boasts a lake with ducks and other bird life. There is also a small children's playground and barbecue facilities.

The market is a typical country market with plenty of fresh local produce on offer as well as a good mix of other goods such as, bric-a-brac, collectables, plants, books, fishing gear, hats, crafts, homemade pickles, jams and relishes, there is even a AUD2.00 stall which attracts many people. You can also sit and relax whilst enjoying a delicious cappuccino for you morning tea break, or maybe a sausage from the barbecue and a soft drink for lunch. There is something here for everyone.

This market is managed by the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay and operates on the first and third Saturday of every month from 9 am to 2 pm. Extra markets are held every Saturday in January and special events days.

Lakala Reserve,
Young Street
Port Elliot, SA, 5212

Located 0.7K from Port Elliot

The Strand Gallery

The Strand Gallery is an important regional art gallery showing contemporary sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, paintings and photography from local and regional artists. The Gallery is located in a 100 year heritage listed old Post Office.

Port Elliot is an historic coastal town with beautiful beaches and a wide range of accommodation options.
Through summer the gallery is open Friday Saturday Sunday and Monday.
Over the winter opening hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 till 4.00

41 The Strand,
Port Elliot, SA, 5212

Located 0.8K from Port Elliot

Port Elliot Maritime Heritage Trail

View the spectacular coast as you walk this easy self-guided trail. See Australia's first public railway and read the interpretive signs along one of our most beautiful beaches. You might see dolphins, whales and seals. Catch the Cockle Train from the station to go to Goolwa or Victor Harbor.

Early colonists wanted to bring goods from inland Australia down the River Murray in paddle steamers to the sea. But the river mouth was shallow and dangerous for ships. So a railway was built from the river port at Goolwa to Port Elliot. Ships could then take the goods out from Horseshoe Bay.

More than 500 ships used the port from 1851. Sadly, the bay was a ship trap in strong winds. Seven vessels were wrecked.

Four of the wrecks are often exposed in the surf zone. These are the Harry, Josephine Loizeau, Lapwing and the Flying Fish. The Flying Fish Cafe on the beach front is a reminder.

The other three wrecks cannot be located. These are the Emu, Commodore and the Athol.

The rail line was extended to Victor Harbor and trains run for visitors. The Port Elliot station includes a small museum.

Freeman Lookout,
Horseshoe Bay
Port Elliot, SA, 5212

Located 1.3K from Port Elliot

McCracken Country Club Golf Course

Located one hour from Adelaide at Victor Harbor on the magnificent Fleurieu Peninsula, this 4.5 star resort is the ideal destination for your next getaway, offering luxury accommodation, sensational dining experiences and premium leisure facilities.

The 18 hole championship McCracken Golf Course will excite and challenge all players, featuring more than 85 bunkers, with water in play on several holes. Designed by Tony Cashmore, the unique layout of the par 72 course is superbly constructed with gentle slopes and undulating fairways surrounded by stunning coastal mountain ranges.

Resident golf professional Peter Bickley and his team are available to provide expert advice and tuition, and the fully stocked golf pro shop has everything you need, boasting a large fleet of golf carts, all fitted with state of the art GPS technology.

During your stay at the beautiful resort, enjoy a meal in the Clubhouse Bistro, or make a dinner reservation at Baudins Restaurant. The onsite day spa, swimming pool, spa, sauna, gymnasium, tennis courts and magnificent golf course will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Listed price is for weekdays. Visit the McCracken Country Club website for all green fees and cart hire prices.

McCracken Drive
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 4.0K from Port Elliot

Urimbirra Wildlife Experience

The Urimbirra Wildlife Experience gives you the chance to see more than 70 species of Australian fauna in their natural surroundings.

The paths through Urimbirra allow you to see the animals at close range and a walk through the 16-hectare site is a photographer's delight. Freshwater and saltwater crocodiles are on display, as well as venomous snakes, pythons and lizards.

Located just five kilometres from Victor Harbor on the main Adelaide Road, Urimbirra is an Aboriginal word meaning 'to preserve' or 'to take care of' and there is evidence on the site indicating canoes and shields were made from some of the trees by local Aboriginal groups in the past.

Visitors can interact with a range of animals daily. Koala shows at 11am, 2pm and 4 pm; Snake handling displays at 4pm.

10 Welch Road
Hindmarsh Valley, SA, 5211

Located 4.1K from Port Elliot

The Joyful Buddhas

Experience peace and harmony at The Joyful Buddhas, Yoga and Wellness Studio.

Situated in the heart of Victor Harobr on the Fleurieu Penninsula, The Joyful Buddhas is a place where you can escape the outside world and connect with your innerself. Take time for your, body, your mind and your soul and give to yourself. Experience the healing benefits of touch through massage, reflexology, reiki, vibrational healing and connect with your energy through yoga and meditation,

Spend an hour or a day. We have specialised packages and wellness programs to ensure you leave refreshed, revitalised, and alive.

The Joyful Buddhas also holds regular workshops and retreats designed to improve your health and wellbeing and increase your joy and happiness. Once you surrender you will never want to leave.

Bookings are essential. Treatment prices on application.

70 Ocean Street,
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 5.7K from Port Elliot

South Australian Whale Centre

The South Australian Whale Centre is South Australia's largest marine focused interpretative centre and has the only marine focused three-dimensional theatrette in South Australia.

Visitors can experience the natural wonders of the deep, explore the world heritage listed railway building, and gain further knowledge about Victor Harbor and South Australia's marine treasures. The centre provides whale sighting information, education and research support services through a range of mediums. The centre brings together a unique collection of historic treasures, marine, cultural, and aboriginal heritage to deliver an inspiring and enjoyable experience for every visitor.

School, coach and tour groups are welcome. For whale sighting information between May and October call the South Australian Whale Centre Hotline 1900 942 537 or visit the website for details.

2 Railway Terrace
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 5.8K from Port Elliot

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tramway

Take a ride on the only horse-drawn tramway in Australia, and one of the few services to run throughout the year worldwide. Magnificent Clydesdale horses draw you along the causeway from seaside Victor Harbor to Granite Island.

The tram travels across the 630 metre causeway throughout the day taking passengers to picturesque Granite Island. Approximately 100,000 visitors annually enjoy this experience. It has carried more than 2 million passengers since 1986.

Commencing in 1894 by the South Australian Railways, the service attracts visitors from all parts of the globe. Whether it is the experience of travelling on heritage transport, travelling across the sea, going to the Island and experiencing the nature walks, the opportunity of seeing marine life in their environment or the joy of meeting one of our Clydesdales, the tram caters for all.

When you arrive at Granite Island you can climb the boardwalk stairs to the highest point on the island for spectacular views of Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay, plus explore the scenery and many other vantage points on the walking trail around the island.

The Tramway operates every day, except for Christmas Day, from 10.30am until 4.00pm.

Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 5.8K from Port Elliot

Kiri Kiri Aboriginal Art Gallery and Gifts

Kiri Kiri Fine Art Gallery specialises in Aboriginal art sourced directly from remote central Australian art centres.

The gallery represents more than 200 predominantly South Australian artists and crafts people.

Kiri Kiri Gallery also showcases unique hand crafted gifts including, wooden artefacts, ceramics, soft furnishings, weaving and jewellery.

The owner Helen worked as an Art Centre Manager for almost 10 years on the APY Lands and has a wealth of knowledge of Indigenous art and culture.

9 Coral Street
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 5.8K from Port Elliot

Granite Island Recreation Park

Home to the magical little penguins and the majestic southern right whale, this island is characterised by huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen.

Take a short stroll or horse tram ride over the wooden causeway that connects the mainland at Victor Harbor to Granite Island Recreation Park.

The island is characterised by huge granite boulders tinged with orange lichen, with the sound of waves crashing against rocky shores a stirring soundtrack to your visit.

Enjoy the coastal scenery and discover the island's interesting history along the Kaiki Walk or go fishing from the jetty, or causeway (no fishing from breakwater). You may even spot a southern right whale between June and October.

Granite Island Road
Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

Located 5.9K from Port Elliot

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