Port Elliot

Population 1750

Port Elliot is a charming historic town set on scenic Horseshoe Bay. Its popularity as a holiday destination lies in the fabulous beaches and the relaxed coastal atmosphere. The town was established in 1854, the year Australia's first public (horse-drawn) railway began operating between Goolwa and the town. Port Elliot's intended purpose as an ocean port for the Murray River was, however, unsuccessful. The bay proved less protected than was first thought and the port was moved to Victor Harbor.

Visitor Information

Goolwa Wharf; (08) 8555 3488


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Victor Harbor

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  • Goolwa

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  • Willunga

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In Town

National Trust Historical Display: interpretive centre detailing local history in the old railway station; The Strand.

The Strand: historic street of art and craft shops, cafes and restaurants.

Cockle Train: stops at the railway station on Henry St on its journey from Goolwa Wharf to Victor Harbor, so you can do a section of the journey from here; for more details see Goolwa.

Freeman Nob: spectacular views and coastal walks; end of The Strand.

Encounter Bikeway: scenic coastal route between Goolwa and Victor Harbor.

Horseshoe Bay: safe family beach with fishing from jetty.

Boomer Beach: popular surfing beach; western edge of town.

Maritime Heritage Trail: the town's story illustrated in foreshore displays.

Heritage walk: brochure from railway station.


Basham Beach Regional Park: scenic coastal trails with interpretive signage and southern right whale sightings during their migration season, June–Sept; just north-east of Port Elliot.

Middleton: coastal town with heritage bakery, the old flour mill and fabulous beaches; 3 km NE.

Crows Nest Lookout: excellent views of the coast; 6 km N.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Swimming along the Fleurieu Peninsula 6 km

There are plenty of great swimming beaches along the peninsula. Victor Harbor has a plethora to choose from – including Kent Reserve and Dump Beach – but there is also Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot, and the... Find out more

Birdwatching around the Fleurieu Peninsula 10 km

Abutting the Coorong, and with wetlands, beaches and a wide variety of terrain, the Fleurieu Peninsula is a top spot for birdwatching. There is a hide off Barrage Road at Goolwa, and the Goolwa Effluent Ponds can have... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling off the Fleurieu Peninsula 42 km

Some of the state’s best diving – particularly in-shore and around jetties – is on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with leafy sea dragons, shipwrecks, dolphins and myriad fish species. Second Valley is great... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Links Lady Bay Resort 34 km

‘A pleasurable golf course,’ Dr Alister MacKenzie once wrote, ‘is not necessarily one that appeals at first sight, but rather one that grows on a player like good music, good painting, or good... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Flying Fish Cafe

Famous for its fish and chips on the deck, this wonderful beachfront cafe also serves sophisticated lunch and dinner fare. Seafood is to the fore here, with superb oysters, rich fish stews and beer-battered King George... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

The Organic Market and Cafe 58 km

This bustling cafe and organic produce outlet in Stirling was the national winner of the best organic retailer award. Something of an institution in the area, it has delicious antipasto platters and great coffee. About... Find out more

The Locavore 58 km

The Locavore (‘local eater’) at Stirling in the Adelaide Hills sticks to the ‘100-mile’ philosophy of sourcing food, which in its case includes the Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Steam Exchange Company 10 km

South Australia seems to have more than its fair share of craft breweries in significant historical locations, and The Steam Exchange Brewery is no exception. It’s housed in a heritage-listed former railway goods... Find out more

Campsites around town

Waitpinga camping area 20 km

Sheltered sites are set amongst coastal scrub a short stroll from Waitpinga Beach, 16 km south-west of Victor Harbor. Access is from Range and Dennis rds. A permit is required and cooking is by gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Barker Knoll camping area (boat-based camping) 21 km

This is a great beach location for self-sufficient campers, right at the Murray Mouth and reached only by boat via Goolwa or Mundoo Channel, or from Hindmarsh Island. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Godfreys Landing camping area (boat-based camping) 21 km

Beach camping just south of the Murray Mouth is accessible by boat only. Come equipped for self-sufficient camping, and pick up a permit from the self-registration station. There is a limit of 6 people per site.... Find out more

Cole Crossing camping area 22 km

Around 17 km north-east of Mt Compass, this peaceful camping area is reached from Cole Crossing Rd, 6 km south of Mt Magnificent Rd. No fires: only gas/fuel stoves are permitted.... Find out more

Jacks Paddock camping area 33 km

Opposite Kuitpo Hall, with access from Christmas Hill Rd, this paddock campground is 11 km south of Meadows. With a restored barn and horseyards, it’s recommended for group camping. Arrange your booking and permit... Find out more

Woodcutters Cottage 34 km

This former youth hostel is a 4-room stone cottage with a lounge, kitchen and sleeping room for 12, plus room nearby for tents. It is just 2 km from the information centre on Brookman Rd. Booking is necessary and a... Find out more

Chookarloo camping area 36 km

Creekside camping is permitted just 1.5 km from Kuitpo’s main information centre, 8 km south-west of Meadows on Brookman Rd.... Find out more

Mark Point camping area 38 km

Close to the water, with a boat launch, Mark Point is reached from Mark Point Rd, 35 km west of Meningie. Permits are available from self-registration stations within the park.... Find out more

Tapanappa camping area 40 km

There are fantastic views along Tunkalilla Beach and over to Kangaroo Island from this lofty ridgetop campground on the Heysen Trail. It’s also a staging post for challenging bushwalks to Deep Creek Cove and... Find out more

Stringybark camping area 40 km

Deep Creek’s main camping area is sheltered by delightful stringybark forest, a feature of the park’s higher ground. It’s a comfortable base camp for daytrips and walks on Tapanappa Rd, 9 km south-east... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Port Elliot Holiday Park 1 km

Located just 2 km from Port Elliot, between Victor Harbor and Goolwa in a fabulous beachfront position, this is an excellent place to stay year round. We feel this is one of the great seaside caravan parks on the... Find out more

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park 7 km

Right on the beachfront, this park is also within walking distance of the town centre (1.5 km). It is a quality tourist park with good facilities. Ideal for a few days or an extended stay, bookings are required during... Find out more

Goolwa Caravan Park 13 km

Located 4 km from the town centre, in a quiet waterside area, this is a big park with large numbers of both annual sites and powered tourist sites, as well as an enormous number of unpowered sites. Reservations must be... Find out more

Mount Compass Caravan Park 20 km

As neat as a pin, this newer caravan park in a rural setting has reached a high standard in its early years. It is a great inland base for exploring the Fleurieu Peninsula. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Milang Lakeside Caravan Park 30 km

This neat and shady park on the western shores of Lake Alexandrina is the ideal getaway destination for those wanting to have a few quiet days in a waterside location. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter... Find out more

Jetty Caravan Park - Normanville 35 km

This is a neat tourist park alongside the beach. Bookings are required during Christmas and Easter holidays and a minimum-stay period applies at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Big 4 Port Willunga Tourist Park 36 km

In a quiet rural location about 4 km from Aldinga, this is a spacious park with well-established shady trees. Bookings are necessary at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends and a minimum-stay period applies.... Find out more

McLaren Vale Lakeside Caravan Park 37 km

This is a spacious, quality park amid the vineyards of the McLaren Vale region. If you want to experience the great wines from the multitude of cellar-door outlets, you will find the park the best base on this part of... Find out more

Moana Beach Tourist Park 41 km

Only a short distance from the Moana town centre and close to the beach, this park is also not far from Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Bookings are required at Christmas, January, Easter and long weekends. There is a... Find out more

Brighton Caravan Park and Holiday Village 57 km

Just 17 km from Adelaide city, this tourist park enjoys absolute beach frontage and has a nice, relaxed feel. It is a popular family park and bookings are essential during busy holiday periods. A 2-night minimum-length... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Brooklands Heritage B&B

Dating from 1839, this painstakingly revived settler’s cottage is a world apart from the seaside hustle. Hidden among 26 hectares of farmland in gentle hills above the coast, it has superb garden and ocean views.... Find out more

The Summer House

A bravura creation of cutting-edge design and decor, the ingenious floor plan integrates three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a spacious living, kitchen and dining wing. All of this wraps around an enormous central deck... Find out more

Trafalgar House

This majestic 19th-century guesthouse has been rejuvenated to offer both hosted and self-contained accommodation. It’s close to the historic heart of town and only a short stroll to the spectacular Horseshoe Bay... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Ridgetop Retreats 41 km

Three funky, architecturally designed cabins sit in quiet seclusion in Deep Creek Conservation Park at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. They have solar hot water, composting toilets, two bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling... Find out more

What's on around town

Market: Lakala Reserve; 1st and 3rd Sat each month.

Port Elliot Show: Oct.

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