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Port Elliot YHA

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Things to do in Port Elliot YHA

Wander across the road from your comfy Port Elliot Beach House hostel accommodation to the beautiful Port Elliot beach, where you can surf, swim, kayak, or just relax!

Spend hours whale-watching (winter months), go bike riding, explore the towns of Port Elliot and Victor Harbor, try sky-diving or ballooning!

Take a daytrip to the McLaren Vale wine and produce region, or enjoy a meal at the beach-front Flying Fish Café.

Heading to Kangaroo Island?  Port Elliot is just one hour's drive to the ferry and a great place to recharge your batteries before exploring the amazing island wilderness.

Meet the locals at one of several fantastic pubs or restaurants, only a short walk from your Port Elliot Beach House accommodation. Meanwhile, the 'bright lights' of Victor Harbor nightlife is just a 10-minute drive or taxi ride away.

At the hostel

FREE - Eat from veggie patch

Our legendary Veggie Patch is full of goodies for you to include in your breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Have a look, get your hands dirty, and enjoy the freshest, yummiest herbs, veggies and salad - for FREE.

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Free boogie boards

Splash around in the gentle waves of Horseshoe Bay or make like a pro at Knights Beach - either way, our boogie boards are free and loads of fun!

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Free - Harbourmaster's walking trail

This stunning walk starts directly across the road from the hostel.  Incredible at sunrise and sunset and amazing the rest of the time, it's not to be missed!  Take in sweeping views of the Southern Ocean, secluded swimming bays and long cliff lined beaches.  Perfect!

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$10 - Ride the coastal trails

Right at our doorstep, we have the awesome Encounter Bikeway that hugs the coast for nearly 30kms with beautiful cliffs, white sandy beaches, a bit of surf spotting and the odd whale (in season).  We have bikes for hire from $10 for half a day.  Get on it!  Surfboards are also available to hire - just ask us.

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Ride The Cockle Train

Take a ride on Australia’s oldest steel railway, dating back to 1887. Historic Port Elliot Railway Station is just a short walk from our front door. Ask Reception for latest prices and timetable.

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Port Elliot Railway Station


Located off the shore of Victor Harbor (a short bike ride or drive from Port Elliot) this beautiful island is attached to the mainland by a wooden causeway. Walk across to the island or catch a horse-drawn tram where there's plenty of scenic walks and lookouts to explore. Also, don't miss the chance to spot local wildlife including a small colony of Little Penguins!

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Local Markets

We’re surrounded by local markets offering an amazing range of local produce from organic fruit and veg to handcrafted items along with second-hand books, vinyl, and other goods recycled and upcycled (even the odd bicycle or two). Port Elliot Markets run on the first and third Saturday of every month but there are heaps of other markets in the neighbouring towns to explore.  

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FREE things to do in Port Elliot

  1. Have a swim in the crystal clear waters of Port Elliot's pristine sandy beaches.
  2. Take a stroll along the esplanade and keep an eye out for whales.
  3. Enjoy great views on the harbour walk or the Port Elliot to Horseshoe Bay coastal track.
  4. Catch a local band at Hotel Elliot, just a 4 minute walk from Port Elliot YHA.
  5. The views from our front balcony are magical - don't miss seeing millions of stars on a clear night, or for the early risers, a beautiful morning sunrise.
  6. Hire a bike from reception and enjoy breathtaking views along the Encounter Bikeway, a shared trail that runs along the Encounter Coast linking the beaches and towns of Goolwa, Middleton, Victor Harbor and Port Elliot.

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