There is something quintessentially Australian about heading down to the beach house when the weather starts to warm up. For those of us not lucky enough to own our own seaside shack, YHA have a great alternative. The Port Elliot Beach House can be found down the popular strip, The Strand. You can easily stroll to any of Port Elliot's sights, shops, and cafes, or take a short drive to explore the rest of the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The rooms available are designed to suit any family, couple, backpackers, or lone traveller. If you're after the cheapest option then why not grab a six person dorm, you never know what interesting characters will be sharing your room. There are family rooms available, with a double bed, and bunk beds for the kids, four person dorms, double rooms, and even a suite that comes with its own lounge room and ensuite.
Larger groups like conferences, school groups, or even birthday parties, might also be interested in booking out the entire house. Room rates change in and out of peak season, but you'll generally be looking at anywhere between $25-$150, if you are interested in hiring out the whole Beach House then just send them a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org for prices.
The whole place is stylish and clean, and certainly a cut above what you'd expect from your average youth hostel. The decor is thanks to some of the local businesses down The Strand, so if you're a fan you can even go do a bit of shopping yourself. Forget thin mattresses, dodgy windows that don't close, and noisy neighbours partying well into the night, everything is comfortable, and the guests are courteous, you'll easily be able to get a good night's sleep.
For the majority of rooms in the house you'll be using shared bathrooms and toilets, these are clean and reasonably sized. The other facilities include a full kitchen, and plenty of space to store food in your own cubby or in the fridge. On a night you might prefer to fire up the barbie and enjoy some snags on the back deck, this is also the prime spot for soaking up some sun during the day.
There is a dining room, and a lounge room, and here you'll find a collection of books or board games, which can be great if you end up stuck inside on a rainy night. In the games room you can have a game of table tennis, or if you prefer to relax why not just have your early morning coffee on the balcony overlooking the bay.
Not only are the facilities useful, but they'll also give you a chance to meet the other guests. The people who stay at the Beach House range from international backpackers, Adelaide townies, and interstate visitors, and you're guaranteed to hear some interesting stories from them. If you are travelling, and need to keep in touch with other friends back home, there is also internet available.
If you're exploring locally, the Beach House is right by plenty of walking trails, and it's just a short walk down to the popular Horseshoe Bay. If you take a stroll up The Strand you can do a bit of shopping, or continue on to North Terrace to grab some breakfast from Cockles Cafe, or a pie from the infamous Port Elliot Bakery. If you are down at Horseshoe Bay, then the Flying Fish Cafe is a great place to get takeaway fish and chips for lunch, or enjoy classy dining at dinner. You'll find plenty of information about local businesses before you leave the house, so you'll know just where to go.
Every stay at the Beach House can bring something different. Join up as a YHA member, and get discounts on accommodation, and other things like bike hire. Come down to Port Elliot for a relaxing weekend away, or for a fun-filled week of surfing, fishing, and more. It should be on your list of possible places next time you're planning a trip down to the Fleurieu.
The chance to stay at the Port Elliot Beach House was offered courtesy of the YHA.
Ive been there, its great. It was according to one of the local women an old asylum. They have redone it beautifully and there are some great spots in Port Elliot. From the little bookshop cafe, the beaches with huge sea waves that they hold their knee boarding competitions and Victor Harbour just down the road. (We used to go to Victor Harbour when we were children.)