Port Elliot - Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia.

This unique town was founded in 1850 as a seaport for the river trade reaching Goolwa. Unfortunately it turned out to be a poor choice and resulted in numerous shipwrecks. Luckily a fine stock of Victorian buildings was constructed before the port was shifted to nearby Victor Harbor in the 1860s.

The town soon reincarnated itself as a popular seaside resort - a place to escape the summer heat of Adelaide. It seems to have never lost its popularity. Miraculously a large number of heritage buildings have survived to delight later generations. The main street - the Strand - is well worth a slow wander. But be prepared to eat well!

This is one town where the number of public buildings which are not ecclesiastical exceeds the number of churches. I am not sure what this signifies - perhaps I've yet to find the latter.

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