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Published June 13th 2017
Located in Horseshoe Bay, the Port Elliot Jetty was a busy little jetty from 1854 to 1864 as ships would arrive with passengers and manufactured products and would then depart with wool, grain and other raw materials that had been shipped down the Murray to Goolwa before being transported on the Cockle Train to Port Elliot.
However 7 shipwrecks and some loss of life over that decade was deemed too much, and the rail line was extended to Port Victor, and Port Elliot became no more.
The short Port Elliot Jetty remains for recreational fishermen, swimmers and divers, but rarely sees any maritime transport greater than a sea kayak.
A short walk away is the Harbourmasters Walk, the Port Elliot Heritage Trail and Port Elliot Shipwreck Trail. The beautiful (and mostly calm) beach is a short walk in the other direction, along with toilet facilities, large grassed reserves, the caravan park and the popular Flying Fish Cafe.