It is difficult to pick the prettiest piece of shoreline in picturesque Pt Elliot, but the best-known beach for the locals is Horseshoe Bay, named after its distinctive horseshoe image. On a sunny day you will find whales and seals, jetty jumpers and bird watchers, beaus in board shorts and belles in bikinis as well as pelicans, seagulls, and lifesavers churning through the waves, the occasional lawn bowl or beach cricket team, and plenty of ecstatic dogs racing from one end of the beach to the other. Including mine. Seriously, watch out for Roxy... she's insane.
There's more to this little patch of sea and sand than meets the eye, however, as Horseshoe Bay has claimed seven ships from 1853 to 1864 - one still visible from the rocks. For those interested in history, there are plenty of dark seafarer's tales to uncover. For those interested in a day in the sun, the Flying Fish Café is as close as a café can get to the beach. It is a great place to grab a meal or a glass (or more) of wine, and enjoy all the sights and sounds of one of the many beautiful South Australian beaches that we so often take for granted. For those who want to enjoy an extended stay, the Pt Elliot Caravan Park is practically next door. There is plenty to do and see.
Pick up an ice cream and enjoy the cliff walk overlooking the bay, or explore the war memorial garden. If the weather is warm enough, make a splash.