With its gorgeous historical buildings and main streets full of charming shops and cafes – Port Elliot is made for a leisurely wander. Visitors from all around SA and Australia, have their favourite spots they like to visit every time they go, but there are some new kids on the block too.
‘South Seas Books’ has been a part of the community for 10 years has been described as the town’s heart and soul. Owner Sarah Taylor has created comfortable, cosy seating areas where you can grab a great coffee as you ponder your choices.
Another place to explore is right across the road at her second shop … ‘South Seas Trading’, a true design-lovers paradise. Full of gorgeous, funky finds it includes creations from renowned local artists like Chris de Rosa (who’s also happens to be the shop’s manager) and Gerry Wedd.
Located on The Strand is an exciting new restaurant and bar called Thunderbird. With its large outdoor deck and contemporary interior – it’s sophisticated without being stuffy. Campbell Haig already owns Waverley Estate, Thunderbird Wines, and the No. 58 Cellar Door that are just minutes away – but he couldn’t resist the location.
A huge advocate for the Fleurieu, Campbell has designed his dishes to showcase the amazing produce from the region. From tapas style plates designed to be shared – to more substantial meals – his menu constantly surprises. And the wine-list features choices from his own vineyard as well as interesting boutique producers.
And after your food fix – right next door you can get your art fix at ‘The Strand Gallery’. Housed in the recently restored Port Elliot Post Office which is over 100 years old, it’s now a creative hub. The natural beauty of the Fleurieu inspires many artists who live in the area – so why not take home a lasting reminder of your visit?