Boutique Accommodation 

Self-contained or B&B in Victor Harbor

Yelki by the Sea

Enjoy a unique experience in this beachfront heritage cottage at Encounter Bay
where the warmth and character is like nowhere else. 
This historic cottage (1830's) seamlessly blends old and new to offer wonderfully comfortable accommodation for 2 to 4 people. Whether looking for a romantic getaway or simply time out to unwind, Yelki by the Sea will be sure to weave its magic. 

Seafront Location

Let your senses revel in the sounds, smells and views of the Southern Ocean. Located one hour south of Adelaide on the beautiful coastline of the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula, Yelki by the Sea sits directly opposite Wright Island at Encounter Bay. Take a few steps to the beach or pathway leading to The Bluff and on via the Heysen Trail; or with a bike follow the pathway into Victor Harbor and along the coast to Port Elliot, Goolwa and the Murray Mouth.

A short amble along the beachfront you will find The Beach House Cafe (delicious gourmet pizza or curry),

Pa's Fish Cafe and the ever popular Yilki Store.  And, a fifteen minute walk along the path in the other direction to have a great dining experience at Whalers.


A common comment in our guest book is that people would like to return and many do, repeatedly. 
Come and experience for yourself the reasons why our guests say the wonderful heartfelt things they do about
their time at Yelki by the Sea.

Heritage & History

This property holds an important place in South Australian history. The cottage, its attic, and a separate building of
two rooms above the cellar were built in the early 1830's by Cornish whalers and sealers that came over from
Kangaroo Island, and are reminiscent of buildings you find in Cornwall, England. Thick stone walls, use of substantial wooden beams above big open fireplaces, low ceilings and even lower doorways, gives a sense of permanence. In the 1840's the property was extended significantly becoming the Fountain Inn in 1847, a haven for whalers and travellers.


Cottage Features

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Two lovely bedrooms

One Queen and one double with
lovely linen supplied.

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Sparkling modern bathroom

With bathrobes, soft towels, hair dryer
and bathroom amenities.

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Fully equipped kitchen

With a full sized fridge, stove & oven, microwave & coffee pod machine.


Cosy sitting room

With a wood fireplace

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Seafront location

View from cottage veranda


Sunny breakfast room

Seats four people and looks out

to back garden.

​    Other features:

  • Flatscreen TV & DVD player

  • Bluetooth speaker and radio

  • Free Wifi

  • Gas BBQ on the front veranda

  • Two pushbikes with helmets (prior request)

  • Full breakfast provisions available (prior request)


Although we love them both, the cottage is not suitable for either children or pets.


Local Attractions

Whether staying for a few days or an extended visit, there are some wonderful places to discover just out the front door. Yelki by the Sea is 6kms from the Victor Harbor town centre and 80kms south of Adelaide on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula. 

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Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism

This Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism gives a good overview of the area including some wonderful wineries.

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The Whale Centre

Visit the Whale Centre or submit your details on their website to be alerted of local whale sightings while here.

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Victor Harbor Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning (8.30-12.30pm) no matter the weather the market will be buzzing.

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Walking trails

Walk beyond the Bluff to explore the beaches or follow the Heysen Trail all the way down to Cape Jervis!

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Things to do at Victor Harbor

Lists attractions with everything from the horse drawn tram, to galleries, golf courses and the penguin tour.

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Bike paths
Ride into town or to Port Elliot for lunch at the Flying Fish café on the beach at stunning Horseshoe Bay.

Some local dining spots we frequent ...

The Beach House Cafe is a mere 1 minute stroll along the beachfront from Yelki by the Sea and has a great ambience. They offer fantastic woodfired pizzas and authentic North Indian curries. No problem with overindulging as you can just amble back.  


Whalers sits at the base of the Bluff and is a 15 minute walk along the beachfront. It's a lovely restaurant with an open deck where you can sit and look over the water. It's open for coffee, breakfast and lunch (7 days) and dinner (Thurs, Fri & Sat).  


Qahwa on Bridge Terrace in town. A lot to love about this place - very casual atmosphere and they offer a great coffee and good food.


Swagman Chargrill at Softfoot Farm, Hindmarsh Valley (15 mins drive) – a favourite with top class food, service and lovely views  Phone: 0400 983 922

Slightly further afield there are wonderful dining experiences for every taste from D’arenberg Cube or D’Arry’s at McLaren Vale to Port Elliot with the Flying Fish overlooking beautiful Horseshoe Bay or Thunderbird on The Strand, to Goolwa with Bombora on the River or Kuti's on the beach.

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