Set on picturesque Horseshoe Bay, Port Elliot was selected by Governor Sir Henry Edward Fox Young in 1850 as the site for the ocean port of the Murray River trade. He named the place after his friend, Sir Charles Elliot. The township was proclaimed in 1854, the same year in which the first railway line in South Australia was opened between Goolwa and Port Elliot.
The town has since developed into a very popular tourist resort, with many historic buildings interspersed amongst the new holiday homes and units built in recent years to accommodate the thriving tourist trade. This is a model seaside village, with cafes, antique and gift shops along The Strand. The most popular area of the town is the attractive Horseshoe Bay, with its large sandy beach and safe swimming conditions - a perfect venue for families. Surfers enjoy nearby Boomer Beach, which lies on the western edge of the town.
Jump aboard the Cockle Train to nearby Goolwa or Victor Harbor, or try the cliff-top walking path for stunning views of the coast.