Anyone in South Australia who has ever taken a drive through the town of Port Elliot will be familiar with the sight of a patient line of people snaking out of the Bakery and filling the outdoor tables and chairs, looking very satisfied with their purchases. The reason apart from the obvious, Hey it’s a bakery and what’s not to love, is they have a very clever marketing idea of producing a ‘Donut of the Month’ that is eagerly awaited by many.
A great pastime to learn more about areas when you’re travelling around Australia is to visit local museums. Sometimes even the smallest towns have one and they are usually manned by volunteers with admission prices very reasonable. They are another way of delving into the history of an area and you usually see the story behind how and when the towns were first settled and the industrial or agricultural history and stories behind them.
Blink and you’ll miss the driveway into No. 58 Cellar door and Gallery on Waterport Road at Port Elliot, but if you do…turn around and get back there. The tasting room and gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 10am to 4pm and every day throughout the summer school holidays.
You know what it’s like, holidays and weekends are too short and when the weather is perfect there are so many ideas to pack into a short amount of time. I find that taking photos can challenge you to practice mindfulness and being in the moment, by noticing all the simple things in life that bring you joy and add a sense of calm.
The original Storm Boy movie was made in 1976 and the remake is due for release in January of 2019. The story is set in the 1950s and luckily history has been preserved (or in some cases a little re-created) in the towns that were used as settings for the movie. The natural environment of the Coorong and the beaches and wildlife will no doubt speak for themselves.
The Port Elliot and Middleton coast is very familiar and popular with a lot of South Aussies, it’s so close to Adelaide (around 80 kilometres away) that it can be a day trip destination. Once in Port Elliot a good way to stretch the legs and see the really picturesque coastline of this Fleurieu region is to take a walk from Horseshoe Bay to Middleton.