Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Ladies Beach, Port Elliot

Home > Adelaide > Views | Outdoor | Beaches
by Alicia Strous (subscribe)
I am a Science student with more hobbies than university subjects.
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.

bird seagull Ladies Beach Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot ocean sea holiday long weekend
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.

bird seagull Ladies Beach Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot ocean sea holiday long weekend dawn
The view along the breakwater before dawn.


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.

bird seagull Ladies Beach Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot ocean sea holiday long weekend turtle sand sculpture
Turtle sand sculpture


The second reason to go to Ladies Beach is because it is superb for photography. From this vantage point one can see the sun rise from the ocean, while in Hoseshoe bay this is blocked by land.

bird seagull Ladies Beach Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot ocean sea holiday long weekend
Before dawn, a long exposure was utilised to smooth the water.


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.

 Ladies Beach Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot ocean sea holiday long weekend
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.

bird seagull Ladies Beach Horseshoe Bay Port Elliot ocean sea holiday long weekend
Dew, marvellous dew. With the sun behind the plants the bokeh (out of focus parts of the photo) is stunning!


Next time you are in Port Elliott, be sure check out the hidden gem that is Ladies Beach. And tell the photography enthusiasts among the party to be there before dawn for the best images.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  35
Share: email  facebook  twitter
When: All year round, best light at dawn
Where: Ladies Beach, Port Elliot
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Beautiful images, well done!
by Hayley (score: 3|1016) 2452 days ago
never heard of Ladies Beach "Lady Bay" yes
by jimbo (score: 0|5) 2451 days ago
The Victor Harbor beach between the town and the Surf beaches is excellent as well , and seems to be often for walkers . The Southern Fleurieu is a great holiday destination.
by dicol (score: 1|10) 2451 days ago
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions