We spent a weekend exploring Port Elliot and surrounds - another little slice of South Australian paradise that we have been yet to visit.. Despite it being only an hour away from home!
Where to stay:
The Beach Huts in Middleton is where we called home for two nights, and wow, what an incredible set of little huts! Perfectly situated in between Goolwa and Port Elliot / Victor Harbor, it was a great spot to base ourselves centrally for the weekend.
There are 12 huts in total at Beach Huts Middleton run by the lovely Dave and Haylie. Each hut has been painted a different colour, and thoughtfully decorated both inside and out.
We stayed in Portsea, and it was as darling and fresh as could be. From the high cathedral ceiling, complimentary bottle of champagne and breakfast provisions, tea and coffee facilities, and large spa bath, we sure did live it up in luxury for the weekend.
Our kitchenette had all the facilities we needed including a microwave, toaster, and kettle, and we also had our own private BBQ facilities in our courtyard out the back. All the beach style decorations and details such as extra blankets, wall hangings, and private deck spaces really made us feel right at home!
We also learnt that Beach Huts Middleton caters for events and weddings, for any South Australian couples on the lookout for an absolutely beautiful spot!
What to do:
We spent most of our days exploring the southern coastline, with Goolwa and Port Elliot both being no more than 5-10 minutes away from the beach huts. The beaches in Port Elliot though were our absolute favourite of them all!
Enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches that are absolutely deserted! We basically had some of the little beaches all to ourselves, and couldn’t believe how bright blue the water colour was when we visited.
Pack some runners or comfortable shoes and do the coastal walk around the bays of Port Elliot and Middleton. There are lots of little walking trails, many of which take you to private bays and beaches
Climb around on all the big rocks on the beach! We made our way up to some gorgeous lookout spots where we found lots of photography opportunities and hidden picnic spots
Wildlife watching! We were told that during certain times of the year you can often spot seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales. We had our eyes peeled and were lucky enough to watch a handful of sea lions swimming around so close to the shore where we could get a real close up look at them
Where to eat:
Because we had such wonderful cooking facilities in our huts, we brought our own food and cheese platter goods to enjoy on our deck for dinners. However there is also an onsite restaurant called Blues Restaurant! Unfortunately it was closed on the two days we visited, but their menu sure did sound yummy.
For lunch we stopped off at the local bakery, and if you did decide to head out for meals, the friendly staff at Beach Huts Middleton provided us with lots of recommendations too for the best pubs, cafe’s, and restaurants to visit.
Only 1 hour from the city centre of Adelaide, we cannot believe that it has taken us so many years to explore Port Elliot and it’s surrounds! We fell in love with the area, our little beach huts, and are already planning our next trip back during the warmer months when we can enjoy some swimming and snorkelling!
Let us know if you have any questions or have visited this area and have some extra tips of your own :)
Mish & Kirk x