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How would you like to spend some time in a charming beach town with great scenery, delicious food and friendly locals? Escape the city and enjoy the salty breeze right from the doorstep of one of our Port Elliot hotels. Port Elliot was founded in the mid-19th century by Governor Sir Henry Edward Fox Young, who named the town after his friend, Sir Charles Elliot. It was named ‘Port’ Elliot because the Governor set up the bay as the main trade port between the ocean and the Murray River. Unfortunately, many shipwrecks occurred and the port was moved only a decade after it was first established. Today, you can see four of the wrecked ships, by following the Port Elliot Maritime Heritage Trail.
If you're here in October, head to the Port Elliot Show, which has been running since 1869 and features rides, shows, competitions and interesting exhibits, like Lego structures. If you can't make it for the show, there are plenty of other things to see and do in Port Elliot all year round. Horseshoe Bay is a great and safe swimming beach, and is especially good for a day out with the kids. For those who love to surf, hit up Boomer Beach or Knights Beach. You might even spot the Southern Right Whales passing by in winter. For one of the best views of Port Elliot and the surrounding regions, head up to Crow's Nest Lookout.
Port Elliot is well known for the strip of cafes along The Strand, and the Port Elliot Bakery is a bit of an icon because it serves a wide range of unusual and tasty pies. Many customers (not just locals) argue that it's the best bakery in all of South Australia. Once you've filled your belly, it's time to hit the shops. The Strand and North Terrace are the best places to pick up some antiques, home decor, second hand books and gifts. You'll also find some goodies at the Port Elliot Market, held on the first and third Saturday of the month.
Port Elliot is only 86km from the Adelaide airport, and is serviced by public trains and buses, so it's fairly easy to get around. However, if you’re a bit of a wanderer, you're best off hiring a car at the airport. If you want to check out some of the nearby regions, Goolwa, often referred to as ‘Australia's small boat capital’, is a good place to start. Victor Harbour is also worth visiting. It's famous for its horse-drawn tram, as well as the South Australian Whale Centre. So, for a laid back holiday in South Australia, check out our cheap flights to Adelaide and book your Port Elliot accommodation today.
Hotels in Port Elliot start at AU$95 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.