In and around Port Elliot
Horseshoe Bay: A short 200 metre walk from Pinecroft is beautiful Horseshoe Bay. Here you can swim or a walk in the gardens and along the beach. You might want to go boogie boarding or look for the seals swimming off the rocks at the caravan park end of the beach. Take some time to visit The Flying Fish café for fish and chips, drinks and icecreams or an excellent restaurant dinner.
The walk to Green Bay and Boomer Beach: Walk to the top of Murray Terrace from Pinecroft and then take the track through the Memorial Gardens above Horseshoe Bay. Follow it south past the Surf Life Saving Club, Ladies Bay and the Breakwater. Keep following the track and enjoy beautiful views of the coast from many vantage points. Take some time to watch the waves break over Christmas Rock and into Rocky Bay. Walk on to idyllic Green Bay and then over the headland to Knights Beach and Boomer Beach. Be warned, Knights and Boomer are for experienced body boarders and surfers.
The Strand and North Terrace: A short two-minute walk from Pinecroft takes you to the Strand and an eclectic mix of shops and eateries. There are great book shops, gourmet food stores and fine craft and clothing outlets. You can browse until your heart’s content and then visit one of many cafes for coffee and lunch. Don’t forget the famous Pt Elliot Bakery. Go early to miss the line up! There are also lovely hotels and restaurants for dinner.
The Railway Station and the Cockle Train: Catch the famous Cockle Train at the historic railway station just off the Strand. You can go either way; to Goolwa or Victor Harbor. It is about 15 minutes in either direction. The one-hour round trip is a wonderful outing for all ages. It’s a journey back in time with great sight seeing along the coast. From the Railway Station you may also want to embark on the self-guided historical walking tour of Port Elliot, following the marked trails around the township with your historic buildings map.
Port Elliot Markets: If you are staying on the first or third Saturday of each month, visit the Port Elliot Market at Lakala Reserve – just past the Railway Station in Port Elliot. The market is a typical country market with plenty of fresh local produce on offer as well as a good mix of other goods such as home made jams, bric-a-brac, collectables, plants and books.
Encounter Bikeway: At the top of Murray Terrace, join this fantastic bikeway and ride west to Victor Harbor and Encounter Bay or east through Middleton to Goolwa. The track stretches for 30 kilometres and is suitable for cyclists, skaters, rollerbladers, walkers and people in wheelchairs. A side-trip from the Encounter Bikeway has recently been added, connecting the bikeway to the new ‘Beyond’ energy-efficient housing development via an underpass under the main Victor Harbor to Goolwa Road.
Bashams Beach and the walk to Middleton: From the caravan park at Horseshoe Bay, follow the network of pathways and tracks in the Basham Beach Regional Park as you make your way from Port Elliot to Middleton. The Park is full of interpretive signage, has public toilet facilities, an indigenous food and medicine trail, herbarium, dream time murals and shelters. If you are around at whale watching time in winter you can get breathtakingly close to the many Southern Right Whale's that migrate with their calves annually from the Sub-Antarctic.back