Port Elliot is the next town on the Fleurieu Peninsula heading to Kangaroo Island It is situated on the sheltered Horseshoe Bay, although this section of the coast is now built up almost all the way from Goolwa to Victor Harbour. That said Port Elliot is an independent town with most essential services.
Horseshoe Bay was proclaimed in 1851 and the settlement above the bay was named Port Elliot in 1852 after Charles Elliot the Governor of Bermuda, the who was a friend of the then Governor of South Australia, Sir Henry Young... The port was established to provide a safe seaport for the Murray River trade which terminated at the Murray Mouth was deemed too treacherous and unpredictable for safe navigation. Goods and passengers were carried between Goolwa and Port Elliot on the first public railway in Australia that was completed in 1854.
This coastal port town is historic and more than a cursory look over is warranted.