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Published February 26th 2013
A quiet beach for relaxing
Horseshoe Bay is the place where most tourists and locals in Port Elliot spend the long summer days swimming, fishing, boarding, and relaxing. But very close by is the secluded Ladies Beach, which receives far fewer visitors. Yes, it is smaller and further away from the car park and jetty and Surf Life Saving Club – yet it is worth mentioning for two very good reasons.
Seagulls magically appear if anyone even hints that there might be food.
Firstly, Ladies or Lady Beach is used by fewer people so it is a quiet spot to go for some reading or swimming. The white sandy beach is bordered by impassable rocks (unless swimming) so it is also great for families: the entire area can be viewed at once and multiple activities are possible. Rock pools provide interest on land and snorkeling around the rocks in the water can reveal some cool marine life.
The rocks form a breakwater, so the beach is very sheltered from the waves. The only place to watch out for is on the ocean side of the breakwater, where waves crash into the rocks on windy days and can be larger than expected.
The rocks provide marvelous foreground arrangements, and a long exposure can easily create the soft mist effect on the water that is so loved in seascapes. After the sun has risen, turn around to see the cliffs spectacularly bathed in orange light.
Pullen Island Conservation Park is the island that can be seen out in the distance from Ladies Beach.
The base of the cliffs hosts a variety of plants and these provide more options for foreground. After a cold night they may be covered in dew, so photographing with the sun behind them creates lovely sparkling backlit images.
Dew, marvellous dew. With the sun behind the plants the bokeh (out of focus parts of the photo) is stunning!