Cover Photo: Port Elliot Jetty, Photo: Nathan Godwin

Port Elliot is an idyllic lifestyle destination for some. Located around 80 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, it’s on the eastern tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula. In the 1850s, it was well-known as a maritime port; today, it is a vacation spot for people seeking a high-quality of life.

Shire of Alexandrina Council. Port Elliot is on the RHS of Victor Harbor. Map: .id community

It’s also on the list for people looking for a retirement lifestyle location.

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High up on a cliff overlooking blue ocean that has breaking waves. There are two people on bikes riding down a bike path. There are houses in the distance.
Encounter Bikeway. Photo: Adam Bruzzone

In 1851 Port Elliot was named a port – a safe sea port for all the trade that occurred along the Murray River. It was named after Charles Elliot who was a ‘British naval officer, diplomat, and colonial administrator’, who was Governor of Bermuda.

Charles was also the friend of Sir Henry Young, who was Governor of South Australia at the time.

It is thought that the area may have been known as Witengangool, as the aboriginal name for the area may have been “Witengangool”

Horseshoe Bay is a popular spot for holiday makers and locals who like to swim, sit and stroll along the beach. Some people travel to Port Elliot for a day, others stay longer.

Two couples sitting at dusk on a deck that is part of a cafe with a view out over a bay. There are pine trees in the distance and a large sandy beach.
Flying Fish Cafe, Photo: Adam Bruzzone

The population of Port Elliot (2021 ABS Census) was 2251. The median age is 61 years, which is higher than other coastal areas around Australia. For example, median ages of these areas: Torquay, Victoria: (39), Margaret River (42), Noosa (48), Port Macquarie (50).

Port Elliot has a village feel with historic buildings. There’s a sense of community. It’s a place to visit or live that has clean beaches. It’s a beautiful coastal village.

It’s an Australian lifestyle location.

It’s worth a visit – for a day, a week or even longer.

Port Eliot is a lifestyle location.

Jill Weeks has been an educator and author for many years. She is the author of 21 Ways To Retire, which gives insights into how 21 Australians from different backgrounds adjusted to retirementShe is also the co-author with her husband, Owen, of several editions of Where To Retire In Australia and one of Retire Bizzi.

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