What to do and see in Port Elliot, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

July 13, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Discover the best top things to do in Port Elliot, Australia including Horseshoe Bay, Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre, Surf & Sun Middleton, Urimbirra Wildlife Park, Boomer Beach, South Coast Surf Academy, Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram, Basham's Beach Regional Park, Granite Island, Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum.
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1. Horseshoe Bay

Port Elliot, South Australia 5212, Australia 611300466592
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Horseshoe Bay

Horseshoe Bay is a protected swimming beach which is very popular with families during the summer holidays. You can fish from the Jetty, watch the kids play in the playground or go for a swim in this sheltered bay. Why not follow the rugged cliff around the coast and explore the little bays and Beaches. Horseshoe Bay has been a favoured destination for visitors to the Fleurieu Peninsula for a long time come and experience this very popular destination. During the months from June - October each year the cliffs surrounding Horseshoe Bay provide a great vantage point for spotting Southern Wright Whales as the protected coastal waters become a whale nursery. Or you may spot Seals and Dolphins in the protected bay while enjoying a picnic or riding along the Encounter Bikeway that passes through Horseshoe Bay. The historic township of Port Elliot is situated on the coastline between the towns of Victor Harbor and Middleton. While your in Port Elliot take the time to explore The Strand area with its many historic buildings, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Reviewed By gbmontreal - Pointe Claire, Canada

This is one of the hidden gems of the south coast very close to Adelaide. The bay is a horseshoe shape and encloses a beautiful beach that is always calm. Great for swimming and great facilities - toilet and park for the kids. Wonderful place to spend the day on the beach. There is a lovely walk along the cliffs that has great views to both the east and west. Surf pounding on the rocks and a lovely little beach/cove along the way. The waves a bigger here so the swimming is not as safe, but wonderful walk with lots of benches to sit and watch the waves.

2. Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre

The Causeway, Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia +61 8 8551 0777
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre

The Victor Harbor Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is a one-stop shop for all visitor information needs. Our welcoming centre offers a wide range of free brochures, maps and event guides, with plenty of suggestions and friendly advice on what to see and do in Victor Harbor and the Fleurieu Peninsula. Souvenirs and internet access are available, along with accommodation and tour-booking services.

Reviewed By TIersHasie - Sydney, Australia

If you need info or to acquaint yourself with the town and nearby attractions, this is the place. Well staffed and very helpful but can get very busy at times. Also offer eftpos facilities for horsedrawn carriage (otherwise have to pay cash only on board).

3. Surf & Sun Middleton

44 Goolwa Rd | near Victor Harbor, Goolwa and Port Elliot, Middleton, South Australia 5213, Australia
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5 based on 32 reviews

Surf & Sun Middleton

Surf & Sun provide award winning surf lessons at Middleton Beach (plus Moana and Robe). Lessons are 2 hours and include all equipment and expert instruction. Surf & Sun also offer bike hire, surf hire and more.

Reviewed By i0irwi01 - Adelaide, Australia

My boyfriend and I signed up for the two hour introductory Surfing lesson which was great value for the price. The lesson began with practicing some Surfing basics in the sand but there was still plenty of time reserved for actual Surfing in the water. I was no natural but the instructor was patient, knowledgeable and helpful and I felt much improved by the end of the lesson. I look forward to coming back perhaps for an eight hour day next time. I was having so much fun the two hours went by in a flash!

4. Urimbirra Wildlife Park

Adelaide Rd, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia +61 8 8554 6554
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4.5 based on 196 reviews

Urimbirra Wildlife Park

Reviewed By agchristie - Chilliwack, Canada

If you don’t do anything else in the Victor Harbour area, visiting this wildlife park is a must! A real highlight of our trip to South Australia. Very reasonable and natural. $10 adult admission with the money being used for the park and animals. Can stroll through at a leisurely pace to enjoy all the animals and birds. Kangaroos all in natural surroundings and very friendly. Buy a bag of food and they’ll eat right out of your hand! Koalas in large cages but at certain times throughout the day, the keeper opens the gate for guests to pat them, no holding or feeding though which is fine. Great photo ops throughout the park. BBQ and picnic area for guests to bring their own food to enjoy. This attraction is the best!

5. Boomer Beach

Ocean Road, Port Elliot, South Australia 2004, Australia +61 8 8552 5738
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Boomer Beach

Reviewed By Heather R - Port Elliot, Australia

Boomer is a great place to visit with plenty of parking right above the beach. Here you will enjoy body Surfing, body boarding and, when the surf is running, some great Surfing. Please always keep your dogs on leads between 10 and 6 as this respects other users. A little closer to Victor Harbor the endangered hooded plovers live and nest and sometimes stray to Boomer. Dogs and hooded plover don't mix. Our young grandchildren enjoy this beach, but keep very close to young children as it's not often very calm.

6. South Coast Surf Academy

Surfers' Parade, Middleton, South Australia, Australia
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South Coast Surf Academy

Stand up and ride the waves in your first lesson! Learn to surf with Dan & Meg at Middleton, one of the best and safest Beaches to learn to surf at in Australia. Owner operated, accredited male and female instructors, Surfing Australia Licensed Surf School. All equipment provided. Suitable for everybody – all welcome. Operating 7 days, year round. Bookings essential.

Reviewed By Marisa B

I attended a women's learn to surf day and it was both informative and super fun! Highly recommend for those who are beginners like me - you will be safe in the hands of Dan and Meg.Thank you, Marisa! I was just looking at one of the photos from that day and remembering how much fun it was. I think we will have to organise another women's surf day soon...now that the weather is FINALLY warming up! Cheers, Meg

7. Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram

Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia +61 8 8551 0563
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4.5 based on 378 reviews

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram

Reviewed By James C - Melbourne, Australia

The ride is inexpensive, and frequent, reasonably long ride as well, which is good fun, sitting downstair on the horsetram is nice , cool and historical , upstair is scenic with a excellent beach and ocean view and getting nice sea breeze, lots of fun!!

8. Basham's Beach Regional Park

Basham Beach Road, Middleton, South Australia, Australia
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5 based on 4 reviews

Basham's Beach Regional Park

Reviewed By Steve W - Adelaide, Australia

A great little walk through this park leads to a quiet beach that few people know about. Plenty of sand, the odd rocks, and lots to see and do. Ideal picnic spot. The Encounter Bike way runs through the park as does the Cockle Train, so not always quiet at busy times. Great whale watching spot in winter

9. Granite Island

Victor Harbor, Victor Harbor, South Australia 5211, Australia +61 8 8551 0777
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4.5 based on 824 reviews

Granite Island

Take a short stroll or horse tram ride over the wooden causeway that connects the Mainland at Victor Harbor to Granite Island Recreation Park. Enjoy the coastal scenery and discover the island's interesting history along the Kaiki Walk or go fishing from the jetty, or causeway (no fishing from breakwater). You may even spot a southern right whale between June and October.

Reviewed By Pollycdc - Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Nothing can detract from the ruggedness of Granite Island but the new art installations were a talking point amongst the visitors .
Last Easter time we walked the island , heavy seas with magnificent spray hitting the rocks , a windy day but being well wrapped up we were comfortable and warm . We were too late in the season for the horse drawn tram across the causeway to the island , so walked across with scores of others .
We took the anti clockwise route , a gentle climb up and around the island , descending the wooden stairway to the cafe below , we d savoured our thoughts of hot chocolate and cake on the way down .
Bitter disappointment , the cafe was closed , all boarded up , every person we spoke to gave negative comments about the closure .We ve spent many hours having lunch looking out to sea , we regarded it as our reward after our exertions ,so a very disappointed family .There was just a machine outside the toilet block , a far cry from the eatery and shop that used to be . We returned in January to Victor , the horse drawn tram was in full swing taking passengers too and fro , but we didn't have time to go over to Granite Island on this occasion but we noted a board on the causeway stating , Cafe Open .
HURRAH , we ll come back and have lunch , the meals were always excellent and the views to die for , so we planned another trip for the following week .
A lovely Summer s day , we returned and headed across the causeway taking the anti clockwise route again , we prefer to descend the steps at the end of the walk, then to ascend them at the start . Surprised to find art installations along the route ,which weren't there East er , the majority fitting in well with nature and the rugged cliffs but several causing much discussion amongst the passing tourists .
I'm no expert , but an eight foot high white pottery , ( lace doiley ?or possibly a cake plate ? ) sitting atop the cliffs looking onto the Southern Ocean just didn't fit the scene . On display in a mall outside a crockery / cookware shop would be superb and the artist's work appreciated , but totally wrong in this setting , everyone we spoke to on our walk agreed . We descended the steps looking foward to lunch , shock , horror , the cafe was still boarded up and looking even more neglected than at Easter . We couldn't believe it , there must have been twenty or more people having a chunter about it . Then a couple approached us , who were doing the clockwise walk, starting at the steps, they said further on by the jetty and the ridiculous beef burger ?????? was a kiosk serving drinks and snacks .
We found the kiosk and had a cuppa , we also found the sixfoot beefburger chained to the jetty , the kids loved it but as I said before , I'm no art expert !
We past the Fairy Penguin burrows , I've been walking the island 20 years now and am yet to see one , it's a big joke with the family , fairies are invisible , so penguins probably so.After visiting the Mornington peninsular and being surrounded by hundreds in the nineties ,this colony was a shock .
Back to the causeway and lunch in Victor Harbour , sad the cafe had gone , thought it woud have been a Gold Mine for Granite Island , a most magestic place , do go and explore , easy walking .

10. Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum

1 Wright St, Port Elliot, South Australia 5212, Australia +61 497 805 379
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Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum

Reviewed By Richard P - Victor Harbor, Australia

I recently moved to Victor Harbor South Australia, and was advised to visit the Southern Fleurieu Historical Museum. It is operated by the Southern Agricultural Society and open Thursdays and Sundays from 10.00am till 3.00pm. For anyone who has an interest in farm machinery and household artifacts prior to 1960, this museum offers a great experience. I have visited on several occasions. On Thursday's you will always find volunteers busy restoring old tractors, farm implements ect. who are happy to discuss what they are doing. Its only five dollars for adults and two dollars for children.

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