Nestled on the Great Australian Bight and Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot is a peaceful coastal town with convenient access to recreational lakes and prominent national parks. Swimming, snorkelling and birdwatching abound around the Fleurieu Peninsula, while the town centre reveals historical landmarks, waterfront cafes and surf clothing stores.
Things to do in Port Elliot
You’ll have plenty of opportunities for beach days while holidaying in Port Elliot. Boomer Beach is the most popular, known for its surf breaks and long stretch of golden sand, while Knight Beach provides more seclusion and calm waters perfect for swimming. Head to Horseshoe Bay if you want to spot dolphins and whales or venture down to Fisherman Bay to cast a line out.
Pay your respects to Australia’s fallen soldiers at the Lone Pine monument, before checking out the historic Port Elliot Obelisk. It’s a short walk from Freeman Lookout, which offers uninterrupted views of the Tasman Sea and Pullen Island. For more insight into the local history, visit the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum, which houses old-world tools, personal belongings and artefacts.
Feel like getting out for a walk? Head to Ratalang (Basham Beach) Conservation Reserve, which features walking trails through windswept coastal flora and rugged ocean vistas. Afterwards, enjoy a coffee or fresh seafood at the beachfront Flying Fish Restaurant & Cafe. You can also purchase authentic Indian cuisine at Mr India or enjoy a vintage cafe setting at The Retro Vibe.
For a dose of culture, take a stroll down The Strand, which is lined with street art, craft shops and coffee shops. Jump on a bike and pedal the Encounter Bikeway from Goolwa to Victor Harbor while spotting native wildlife along the way.
Getting around Port Elliot
Port Elliot is just over one hour’s drive from Adelaide along the A13. You can easily walk around the main parts of town, but you’ll need a car to explore further afield.