In 1850 Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot was controversially selected as the major seaport for the Murray River trade. Wheat, wool and other products were brought to the river port of Goolwa by paddle steamer or barge, and taken to Port Elliot by train. A jetty was constructed at Horseshoe Bay in 1851 but the rough seas and rocky coastline were a bane to sea traffic.
This cute mini-museum is a perfect source of local history and an ideal accompaniment to a ride on The Cockle Train. I plan to board from Port Elliot and introduce the Grand-girls to it next school holidays.