From its rugged coastline to its pristine beaches, this embodiment of a seaside town is perfect for exploring the West Coast.
Set on the shores of the spectacular Waterloo Bay, Elliston is famed for its beautiful sunsets, breathtaking scenery, surfing, fishing and wildlife. We mean it when we say it’s the embodiment of a seaside town!
Swim, surf, dive and float your way paradise – there’s plenty of fishing opportunities, including the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship every year, and keep an eye out for sea lions and Southern Right Whales in the winter.
And for the surfers amongst you? Trust me, you’ll feel right at home.
Things To Do
Beach fishing at Locks Well (amongst others)
It’s one of the most reliable locations for catching Australian salmon, but it’s also really, really Instagram-worthy. There are 283 steps on the wooden staircase to the beach; you’ve been warned!
Explore the stunning Talia Caves
You’ll have seen this on social media, too – the beach is good for rock fishing, but the Woolshed is a huge cavern created in the granite cliff by the waves, with a walkway and stairs to help you explore. The Tub, a large crater with a 30m tunnel connection to the sea, is epic to behold – adventure seekers can climb down.
Swim in the sheltered Waterloo Bay
It’s sheltered by a reef and protected by Point Wellington and Point Wellesley, you can snorkel and swim safely as well as reliably catch tommy ruff, large squid, garfish and the popular King George whiting.
Laze the day away at Walkers Rock
Part of the Lake Newland Conservation Park, Walkers Rock is actually a really long stretch of white, sandy beach. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s a great place to swim, snorkel and surf while relaxing in the sun. If you want to drive on the beach, make sure you’re an experienced 4WDer – and if you’re not confident, park in the parking bay and walk down!
Live like a local
Stop by the local pub for a meal and a drink, grab a delicious pie at the bakery (it’s highly praised!) and enjoy that relaxed coastal atmosphere. You’re stress will just melt away.
Take Elliston’s Great Ocean Drive
Spectacular views of the Great Australian Bight will be your companion on this 12km drive between Anxious Bay and Waterloo Bay, with rugged cliffs, islands and lookout points. Oh, and keep an eye out for the sculptures dotted along the coast!