Horseshoe Bay
Horseshoe Bay
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Horseshoe Bay is a protected swimming beach which is very popular with families during the summer holidays. You can fish from the Jetty, watch the kids play in the playground or go for a swim in this sheltered bay. Why not follow the rugged cliff around the coast and explore the little bays and beaches. Horseshoe Bay has been a favoured destination for visitors to the Fleurieu Peninsula for a long time come and experience this very popular destination. During the months from June - October each year the cliffs surrounding Horseshoe Bay provide a great vantage point for spotting Southern Wright Whales as the protected coastal waters become a whale nursery. Or you may spot Seals and Dolphins in the protected bay while enjoying a picnic or riding along the Encounter Bikeway that passes through Horseshoe Bay. The historic township of Port Elliot is situated on the coastline between the towns of Victor Harbor and Middleton. While your in Port Elliot take the time to explore The Strand area with its many historic buildings, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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Paul S
Adelaide, Australia3,695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This scores a high mark for me simply for the many memories it evokes. There is a nice sandy beach, although with a fair covering of kelp. There was once a caravan park here, but it was moved along the coast a little many years ago. Now there is a bowling green, car parking, a very nice café, and an everlasting building works for a new surf life saving facility. In spite of my pleasant memories, as I stand on the jetty looking back surveying the scene, I can’t help but think that the whole foreshore could do with a unifying make-over!
Written March 10, 2021
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Carolyn C
South Australia, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Nice beach. Beautiful surroundings with rocks around. Has a lawn area with volleyball net and playground for kids. Has toilet facilities but no showers. No bbq area so if want to bring your own. Further down the beach there is a restaurant and cafe if need anything. Waves can be big at times so bring the boogie board, surf board etc. A clean beach for all. There is only a small parking area but plenty of parking up the road. Remember to bring shade and dont forget to slip slop slap.
Written January 13, 2020
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Liisa and Dave B
Adelaide, Australia4,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
One of my favourite beaches in S.A! Love the scenery here. Ample parking available. Nice cafe right on the beachfront. Toilets located close to cafe and parking bay.
We enjoyed doing the walking loop up above where you could see stunning views from all directions. We saw a seal 🦭 playing in the water from a distance.
Written March 26, 2022
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mumoffour2017
Adelaide Hills, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
We first went to the beach as the sun was preparing to set and had a beautiful time, the waves were not too big (my 7 year olds first time body boarding), She was helped by my husband as the 5 year old and 2 year old ran into the water up to their knees and ran back to shore screaming with delight at the water rushing towards them. The 6 month old loved the sand in her hands, feet and unfortunately in her mouth a bit. There was plenty of space on dry sand to set up our towels and dig and make sculptures. The third time we went there, the waves were huge!!!! My 7 year old was dunked quite fiercely, so then my husband went out to body board and it was hard work trying to get him to come back to shore. For older kids there is a jetty to jump off, a pontoon to swim out too. There was even a swimming group that swam out to the rocks which were 300m from shore. Even though the waves were huge, beyond the waves people were kayaking and successfully paddle boarding. There are many lookouts and walking trails along with a grassed area with a small playground and picnic tables with plenty of parking.
Written December 22, 2017
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Kuchs
Murray Bridge, Australia156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I have been visiting horseshoe bay for more than 55 years, the view is always as good as I remember each time that I visit.
Written February 28, 2021
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Martin K
Golden Grove, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
A truly beautiful beach popular with families at Horseshoe Bat (Port Elliot). Lawn areas, plenty of seats, many in shade. Flying Fish Cafe right there for drinks, snacks, ice-cream. A nice walk if you head up behind the surf lifesaving center takes yo7 up to Ladies Beach and on to the Centenary Steps at the end of the Strand. It goes much further, but this short walk shows some good highlights, views without too much huff’n’puff. Note parking bay has a 2 hour limit Nov to Easter.
Written November 18, 2018
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Speedbox
Brisbane, Australia59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
My family and I have been coming to Pt Elliot for a very long time and each 12-18 months we set aside a few days for a Pt Elliot visit.

This year, as usual, we booked a property very near to Horseshoe Bay via Agents Dodd & Page and the weather for the entire few days was beautiful. Horseshoe Bay was at its glistening best.

Horseshoe Bay is overlooked by a small park which contains several enormous Norfolk Pine trees that were planted soon after the end of WW1. Each tree is dedicated to a local man who lost his life in the war. Other trees are dedicated to those who lost their lives in other military conflicts and the entire park area is a place for reflection.

The sand of Horseshoe Bay is white and the water is warm and clear. This vision is what an Australian beach is all about. The Surf Life Saving Club have set up and a couple of hundred beach goers are soaking up this extraordinary environment. The beach is also protected by a breakwater that smooths out the waves to most of the bay.

The beach is also served by a local restaurant/take away called The Flying Fish Cafe. Great food and fast service. Adjacent to the cafe is a grassed area with tables/chairs and a small(ish) children's playground.

One of the most popular activities is the cliff top walk that commences at Horseshoe Bay and finishes some distance away at Knights Beach. The walk is not difficult and takes in some spectacular scenery, particularly at dusk.

Pt Elliot is a quiet village. There is virtually no night life (except, maybe, the local pub) and there are only a few stores (including supermarket, bakery, surf shop). In the district, there are a number of interesting areas to visit from the Goolwa barrages to the Bluff at Victor Harbor and all are no more than 10 minutes drive away from your base in Pt Elliot.

If you are looking for a relaxing casual holiday, Pt Elliot is sure to fit the bill.
Written March 9, 2016
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia28,767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
One of the pretties and most attractive beaches along the south Australian coast and well worth a visit . make sure you walk a few kilometres around the coastline with its granite outcrops.
Written March 15, 2015
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Wickards
Yorke Peninsula, Australia306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Heaven on a stick. Beautiful ‘village feel’ town, with great cafes, pubs, restaurants and magnificent beach.
Sensational beach and coastal walks with an abundance of photographic opportunities.
A must visit place.
Written February 13, 2021
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padba05
Whyalla, Australia220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
This is a great beach. Lovely fun waves and plenty of room. A floating pontoon and a jetty. SA’s own mini Bondi. Only issue is sometimes parking can be a problem but be patient, we always found a close by park.
Written January 28, 2021
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