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Published February 27th 2013
Simply stunning scenery
Harbourmaster's walk is a short but delightful path that runs from Horseshoe Bay to Knights beach in Port Elliot, or in the opposite direction if one wishes. The views are panoramic to the east, south and west, providing excellent views and photographic opportunities from dawn to sunset. The area with the path, and indeed most of Freemen's Knob, is a part of the Commodore Reserve.
The Horseshoe Bay views are fantastic from this angle
The history of the track appears to begin when the proposed shipping port (at what was then) Elliot halted due to the growing number of shipwrecks and ensuing public outcry. Tourists started coming to escape the heat of the Adelaide plains in summer, and the tracks they made walking around the island were paved by volunteers in the 1930's and 40's. Keith Dodd and the Lion's Club are responsible for the plantings of succulents, which grow very well in the harsh conditions on the slopes.
Ladies Beach, viewed from the Harbourmaster's walking path.
The track starts on the right of Horseshoe Bay and can be found by taking the upward path next to the Surf Life Saving Club and jetty, or just opposite from the Port Elliot YHA. First stop is Ladies Beach, a quiet patch of sand with great views at sunrise and sheltered swimming.
Bench facing the east with a view of Pullen's Island.
Continuing along the Harbourmaster's walk there are plenty of benches, each with a magnificent view. The path curves around the side of Freemen's Knob, roughly a third of the way between the top of the hill and the water below. You can hear the waves as you walk, and it must get very windy at times – especially in winter.
The steps down to Knights Beach on a lovely summers eve.
Green Beach is accessed via a stairway down to the rocks, and can have fairly rough water at times due to its angle to the sea. Further still down the path is descent to Knights Beach. This is the side with the sunset views, and the granite outcrops with steep sides are often explored by the bold and the young.
It's the iconic 'must do' walk at Port Elliott, stunning views that you never tire of, plenty of place to rest and just 'drink in' the beauty of the location. You may well see whales during the winter months. Thanks for the information in this report.
It is indeed a lovely walk, but watch our for snakes. Last weekend we saw a quite long adult snake, light brown, the same colour as the rocks. So they are out and about in this area now the warmer weather has arrived. We saw the snake in the area overlooking the beach the surfers use. Marram