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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.