Established by a group of English settlers in the early 1800s Port Alfred with its stretches of sandy beach that extend for miles, lies on the banks of the Kowie River in the middle of the Sunshine Coast. It boasts a wonderfully temperate climate – never too hot or cold – with rainfall in the spring and autumn months. This makes it an ideal water sports destination enhanced by the fact that the Kowie is navigable for about 28 kilometers upstream. The Kowie River, which flows into the Indian Ocean, divides the town in two and the banks are linked by a couple of bridges. Boat cruises and various hiking trails navigate this river region, rich in indigenous vegetation, fauna and bird life. The town of Port Alfred is now much sought after and it attracts holiday makers to its shores, not least because of its wonderful swimming beaches but also because water sport abounds here, you can swim, surf, boat, water-ski and scuba dive when you’re not fishing. Port Alfred is now being marketed as a ‘Big Eight’ destination, because of it proximity to top reserves, The Eastern Game Parks, where you can see lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos, elephants etc!!