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Published June 18th 2016
A historic guest beach house with a view
Port Elliot is a beautiful historic town located on Horseshoe Bay on Adelaide's South coast. Throughout the year the numerous eateries, family activities, surf and amazing scenery all attract thousands of tourists. With plenty of accommodation to choose from, it is hard to measure the pros and cons of each one and make a decision, if you are looking for a place that has everything then do not hesitate to make a booking at YHA Hostel Port Elliot.
The Arcadia Guest House dates back to 1914. It was first opened by Mr Harry Handby (later became the town's major) and his wife, it later became a nursing home for approximately 25 years. In 2009 it went on the market and was bought by YHA Australia; a hostel chain with accommodation in major cities and rural towns.
Life at the hostel mural
This well kept historic house is just metres away from the popular Horseshoe Bay, a seaport which was established in the 1800's to provide access to the Murray river trade. However a few ships sank in this spot, so the existing railway from Goolwa to Port Elliot was extended all the way to Victor Harbor, making this a safer spot for ships. You can see the shipwreck spots from numerous lookouts at Port Elliot. If you are mad about history then YHA is the perfect spot to stay.
You can't beat this balcony view
The hostel has been looked after, maintaining its old charm, yet it has gone through extensive renovations to make it a homely modern space with all amenities one could need during a holiday or a lifetime! YHA Port Elliot caters for anyone. Families are spoilt with open spaces at the back and even a toy/board game library for kids. Little indoor and outdoor nooks are great for couples or solo travellers and the games room, BBQ and outdoor deck are great for larger groups.
A few of this hostel's amenities include private rooms with ensuite, private rooms with shared bathrooms, female and male dorms, family rooms, balcony overlooking the coast and local park, male and female super clean showers and toilets, linen, towels, wifi, dvd library, book library, dinning room, lounge room, lobby with plenty of touristic information, maps and vouchers, bike hire, impeccable industrial kitchen with every piece of equipment even a pro could need, complimentary tea and coffee, refrigerators and pantry space to store your goodies, laundry, BBQ space, deck and grass area to play, background music playing through the day, games room with foosball and ping pong table, musical instruments, front veranda and car park at the pack.
Cook your own meals
Decking area at the back
Staying at a hostel has a completely different feel than a hotel. You are in charge of your own time and have complete freedom to use the facilities (as long as you leave them clean and tidy). Come and go as you please, buy some local produce and cook a delicious meal, laze around and enjoy the surroundings or make it adventurous and use it as a pit stop to sleep and shower; whatever your idea of a holiday is, YHA Port Elliot really gives you value for money!
Located at the very end of The Strand (one of Port Elliot's main roads), YHA hostel is just steps away from all sorts of local establishments.: Hotel Elliot and Royal Family Hotel to grab a meal or drink, the Cockle Train Station where you can catch this old mode of transport to either Victor Harbor or Goolwa, numerous cafes and bakeries, Jetty food store for organic and healthy produce, South Seas bookshop (just about the loveliest book shop in the world), a couple of secondhand shops and lots of homeware, gift and clothing stores.
If you are after a picturesque walk or bike ride, you can go either way towards Victor Harbor (almost 2 hour walk) or Middleton (around 1 hour walk), You can pack a snack if you want to save pennies or enjoy a meal at one of the many pubs or cafes these two towns offer. For rainy days or lazy legs you could also go either way by car (the scenery is just as lovely) and even head to the wine region of McLaren Vale for the day (just 40 minutes by car). Whichever transport you use and whichever way you go, you are guaranteed to find stunning spots, historic places and friendly locals.
For as little as $27 per night you could afford all this - that is another great thing about YHA Port Elliot. The prices are super affordable for anyone plus you can cook your own meals, walk anywhere and amuse yourself with very little.
Did I mention you can book the entire hostel (up to 60 guests) from $1300 per night? There's no better place for that huge family reunion, school trip or even low key wedding than the historic landscape of Port Elliot. Click here to enquire and book.