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.

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Beaches, Natural Parks and Ports

Top hotels in Port Elliot

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Port Elliot Holiday Park
3.5 out of 5
Victor Harbor-Goolwa Rd, Port Elliot, SA
NZ$97/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)

Situated in Port Elliot, this beach cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horseshoe Bay and Encounter Bay. Knights Beach and Boomer Beach are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
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"We would have liked to see the conditions of stay document before we booked as we found it to be very confronting. Surely a simple swipe of the credit card and a much more general form is enough. Never experienced this sort of document in 50 years of travelling. Not a good introduction to what is ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2019

Port Elliot Holiday Park
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Port Elliot Beach House YHA Hostel
3 out of 5
13 The Strand, Port Elliot, SA
NZ$104/night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
4.8/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)

Situated in Port Elliot, this beach hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Horseshoe Bay, Knights Beach, and Encounter Bay. Boomer Beach and Port Elliot Dog Park ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)

"Realky friendly and super helpful staff. Great facilities and breath taking location"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2019

Port Elliot Beach House YHA Hostel
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Trafalgar Premium Vintage Suites
4 out of 5
25 The Strand, Port Elliot, SA
NZ$181/night
3 Sep. - 4 Sep.
4.7/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)

Located in the heart of Port Elliot, this bed & breakfast is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Boomer Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of McCracken Golf Course and Warland Reserve. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)

"Great location and each suite was very private and secluded which is lovely. Attention to detail with amenities is fabulous. Would highly recommend to couples."…"

Reviewed on 25 May 2019

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Popular activities in Port Elliot

Granite Island
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Granite Island

Walk around a tiny island off the coast of Victor Harbor that is home to a colony of little penguins.

South Australian Whale Centre
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South Australian Whale Centre

Pick up insights into the maritime history and whaling past of Victor Harbor when you take a self-guided tour of this fascinating museum.

Soldier Memorial Gardens
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Soldier Memorial Gardens

Visit a beautiful green spot in Victor Harbor that features memorials to brave servicemen and women killed during international conflicts.

Top activities in Port Elliot

Victor Harbor Seal Island Tour
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Victor Harbor Seal Island Tour

NZ$42

Glimpse incredible marine life moments from Victor Harbor during a wildlife-watching bonanza that takes you to Seal Rock in beautiful Encounter Bay. Carry your camera along and hope to catch sight of the Long Nosed Fur Seals, Australian sea lions, and countless seabirds during your memorable cruise.

Southern Ocean Adventure
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Southern Ocean Adventure

NZ$69

This breathtaking tour departs from the Granite Island causeway past many offshore islands and spectacular cliffs. See seals, sea lions and dolphins along the way. Cruising through the Encounter Marine Park where we also view whales during the winter months when they migrate from Antarctica to the warm waters of Encounter Bay.

Alpaca Farm 1 Hour Tour
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Alpaca Farm 1 Hour Tour

NZ$52

A unique opportunity to meet our friendly alpacas on the picturesque Softfoot farm. Upon arrival, your included home made morning tea awaits. Meet and feed our friendly, world class alpacas.

Beginner Surfing Lesson in Middleton
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Beginner Surfing Lesson in Middleton

NZ$58

Join a certified instructor and find your passion for surfing with an introductory course on the sport. Learn the basics of surfing—from balancing on your board and local surf etiquette—and practice your skills in beginner-friendly waves to boost your confidence.

Alpaca Farm 2 Hour Tour
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Alpaca Farm 2 Hour Tour

NZ$83

Get up close and personal with our friendly, world class alpacas on our 2 hour farm tour. Upon arrival, your included home made morning tea awaits. After feeding and mustering alpacas, halter one up and take it for a walk on the beautiful Hindmarsh Valley farm.

McLaren Vale Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour
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McLaren Vale Hop-On Hop-Off Winery Tour

NZ$47

Lose yourself in the spectacular vistas of McLaren Vale on this winery tour that grants you the freedom to set your own schedule. Board a shuttle and head into the country to uncover world-class wineries and gourmet restaurants, hopping off at any of the stops along the route.