ON THE MOVE: PORT ELLIOT

THIS PEACE­FUL SEA­SIDE TOWN IN SOUTH AUS­TRALIA HAS PLENTY TO OF­FER.

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The best of this peace­ful sea­side town.

AUS­TRALIAN COASTAL TOWNS are the jew­els in our re­gional crowns. Case in point: Port Elliot, a gen­tle town­ship set on the his­toric ship­wreck shore­line of Horse­shoe Bay in South Aus­tralia, that was founded in 1852. “We love that we’re so close to larger and busier towns, but we still get to en­joy a calm­ness in our life­style, with long beach walks, stunning sand dunes and great surf,” says Stephen Sch­mitz, owner of Jetty Food Store. With its pris­tine beaches and re­laxed feel, Port Elliot has long been a hol­i­day haven for tourists — and there’s plenty to keep the lo­cals in­ter­ested, too, says Stephen. “There’s an in­ter­est­ing mix of retail, cafes, boutique ac­com­mo­da­tion. And you’re just a stroll away from the beach.” The true charm of the place is drawn from the laid-back feel that belies a town­ship that fe­ro­ciously pro­tects its iden­tity, his­tory and sense of community.

1 Fly­ing Fish Cafe 2 Horse­shoe­bay jetty 3 The Strand 4 Port Elliot Bak­ery 5 Waver­ley Es­tate and No. 58 Cel­lar Door & Gallery (see page 112 )

The jetty on Horse­shoe Bay. FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT No 58 Cel­lar Door & Gallery in the grounds of Waver­ley Es­tate; fish and chips from Fly­ing Fish Cafe; The Strand; surf­boards at the ready at Mid­dle­ton Beach.

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