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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.

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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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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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Ride the coastal trails

Right at our doorstep we have an awesome bike trail 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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Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Swim With The Tuna

Swimming with Tuna is a must- do South Australian experience. Swim in an in- sea aquarium to get up close with these magnificent fish as they dart around you at lightning speeds. Includes access to an underwater observatory.

After a quick ferry ride through one of the most pristine oceans in the world you will arrive at an in-sea aquarium with a greater diversity of marine life than the Great Barrier Reef. A friendly staff member will fit you out in a warm wetsuit with mask, booties and gloves, before you take to the clear blue sea to swim with the Southern Bluefin Tuna – the “Ferraris of the ocean.

If getting wet and having fish swim around you isn’t your thing, you can feed the tuna from the platform, venture below the surface in a glass-sided underwater viewing area, or  check out the many species of local fish in the touch tank.

This package deal includes one night at the stunning Port Elliot Beach House YHA, a renovated historic building offering modern facilities and amazing views. The beach is just a short stroll across the road so you can fish, swim and surf in the warmer months or spend hours watching the winter ocean swells and whale watching out the windows in the comfort of your room in the cooler months. 

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Ocean Wildlife Cruise

Explore untouched areas of coastline, see beautiful seabirds, dolphins, seals and whales on this spectacular wildlife cruise.

Make your way along the causeway from Victor Harbour towards Granite Island where you will embark on this truly amazing wildlife cruise. You will pass Granite Island and enjoy the beautiful views back across to Victor Harbour before picking up the pace to get to Seal Island where as the name suggests we watch New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions bask in the sun. If you're lucky they might swim out to the boat for a sticky-beak!

Pass the huge granite boulders of Wright Island and the Bluff, with Shark Alley in between where you will learn about the whaling history of the area.

Be one of the few visitors to Victor Harbor to venture past Petrel Cove on the western side of the Bluff into West Island  Conservation Park. This incredible place is a wildlife mecca, complete with a research hut used by universities and National Parks. Onwards from here you will likely see another colony of seals and sea lions basking on the rocks and swimming in the shallows. Seabirds abound in this remote area and often pods of dolphins can be spotted playing or feeding.

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Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Tour

Experience Kangaroo Island in all its glory. Spectacular wilderness and wildlife. Plus amazing local food and wine, all expertly prepared in a breathtaking setting.
Day 1 – Adelaide to Kangaroo Island

This morning, start the day with a scenic drive to Cape Jervis taking in the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula with its vineyards, coastal views and rolling hills. The 45 minute ferry ride takes you to Penneshaw, the gateway to Kangaroo Island and some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer. 

Your first destination gives a glimpse of life at Island Pure Sheep Dairy. Meet the “ladies” and learn about production of their fabulous cheeses, yogurts and other dairy products. Of course, there will be tastings and a spot of morning tea.

The next stop if the incredibly popular Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS), a boutique distillery specialising in handcrafted premium Australian spirits. Taste gins, vodkas and liqueurs which are made using Native Australian Botanicals and locally grown ingredients. You won’t want to leave, but your 2 course lunchawaits at Zone Restaurant. It is located on the Kingscote foreshore with stunning views overlooking the bay. There may be a chance to stretch your legs and work off some of lunch with free time in Kingscote

Then it's time to head to . Sample a selection from their great range of award-winning wines while taking in the magnificent views.

At the next destination, Island Beehive, you will hear a lot about the local Ligurian Bee and its importance to the Island’s honey industry. Learn about the extraction process and get a chance to taste the amazing honey produced here. 

Travel to the western end of the Island to the spectacular Flinders Chase National Park. A highlight is the Remarkable Rocks and what better way to enjoy it then watching sunset with a glass of sparkling wine in hand. Wander around these impressive rock formations, which are like a natural sculpture gallery. 

After a full day of activities, it's time to head to your accommodation for the night at Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat where you will enjoy a 2 course dinner before retiring for the night. 

Day 2 – Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

After a delicious breakfast enjoy the scenery on the way to the rugged southern coastline for a walk around Admirals Arch. Watch the fierce ocean swells at this spectacular natural arch and see the playful Long Nose Fur Seals that are usually playing in the waves or having a sleep on the rocks. You'll then have another visit to the Remarkable Rocks where you can take contrasting day time photos of the stunning granite boulders and sea views. 

After all of that fresh air, you will visit Kelly Hill Conservation Park and its maze of surprising caves. Explore sinkholes, caverns and ornate calcite formations, with a National Parks Ranger showing us the way. After climbing through the caves and working up an appetite, it's time for a 2 course Lunch at the Marron Café at Andermel. Marron is a tasty freshwater crayfish, so this will be a special lunch! 

Once your belly is full, you'll move on to the Raptor Domain to witness the remarkable Birds of Preydemonstration. Marvel as a variety of birds show off their flight and hunting skills. 

Time permitting, there will be a stop at Pennington Bay for a photo opportunity of this stunning bay before heading to Sunset Food and Wine for dinner. It is spectacular taking in the sea views as you relax with a wine and sample the local produce. 

After dinner, it's back to the ferry and onto a coach transfer to Adelaide.

While it is our intention to follow the itinerary as described, on occasion it may be necessary and desirable to make changes due to weather conditions and other factors.
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2 Day Grampians and Great Ocean Road Wildlife Escape

Hike through the vastness of the Grampians before you drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road on this 2 day adventure from Adelaide to Melbourne.

Day One – Adelaide to Grampians National Park

This morning we head through the beautiful countryside of South Australia with views along Australia’s longest river – the Murray River. We stop along the way to discover old towns and discuss the history of local Aboriginal tribes. We arrive into Horsham which gives us a chance to stretch our legs, look at the town and grab lunch (own expense). It is then onto the beautiful Grampians National Park. A highlight of this beautiful area is Mackenzie Falls and the interesting rock formation The Balconies which is also known as the jaws of death. It is then time to enjoy one of the region’s best hikes, up to Boroka Lookout. The view from the top is breathtaking over the Wimmera Plains. We then head into Halls Gap, a beautiful little town in the heart of the Grampians.

Day Two - Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

This morning we travel back in time and start our day off with the fascinating volcanic formations at Tower Hill. On our way along the Great Ocean Road we start at Bay of Martyrs with its beautiful bay full of limestone Islands. Along the way we visit London Bridge which is a beautiful photo opportunity and has an interesting story. We continue on to Lock Ard Gorge which is a breathtaking part of the coastline and named after a tragic ship wreck. The main highlight of the Great Ocean road is the Twelve Apostles. Treat yourself to an optional helicopter flight over this beautiful area (additional cost, time and weather permitting).

Leaving the coast behind us we get a change of scenery and head to a beautiful and ancient cool temperate rainforest and see some of the tallest trees in the world. We then arrive at the Seaside town of Apollo Bay where we have a chance to explore the town or hit the beach. It is worth a stop at Kennett Riverfor its amazing local birdlife and Koala spotting. We then finish our journey in Melbourne in the early evening.

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.

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