From its rugged coastline to pristine beaches, this popular town is an ideal base for exploring the west coast of Eyre Peninsula.
Set on the shores of the spectacular Waterloo Bay, Elliston is famed for beautiful sunsets, breathtaking scenery, surfing, fishing and frequent sightings of Sea Lions, dolphins and Southern Right Whales during winter. Soak up the stunning coastal views from the scenic cliff-top drive, and look out for the permanent artworks from the Sculpture on the Cliffs festival or Enjoy a sunset walk on Elliston’s 424m heritage listed jetty.
Why not drop a line to catch one of the many species available from Australian herring to squid. Elliston has established itself as an important centre for the surrounding area supporting the local agriculture, fishing and tourism industries.
There’s plenty of accommodation to choose from, including two caravan parks, a bed and breakfast, holiday houses, hotel and motel. The town also has shopping, health and sports facilities.
Things To Do
One of the most reliable locations for catching Australian salmon in South Australia, Locks Well beach consistently produces big salmon - the kind of fish that surf fishermen base their ‘tall’ stories on. Accessible by a safe, 120metre wooden staircase (283 steps), there’s also amenities and a look-out offering panoramic views of the rugged coastline and a great photo opportunity to capture a stunning West Coast sunset. Ample parking for caravans and motorhomes.
Sheltered by a reef and protected by Point Wellington and Point Wellesley, this tranquil bay is ideal for fishing, safe swimming and snorkelling. A breeding habitat for many fish species, common catches include tommy ruff, large squid, garfish and King George whiting. Aside from fishing, visitors can enjoy a stroll on the bay’s clean beaches or explore the caves. Built by early settlers and recently restored, Elliston’s 1,389feet heritage-listed jetty is one of the few screw-pylon structured jetties still in use. At night, the jetty is lit up. The main beach has a boat launching facility and a pontoon.
Town Hall History Mural
The largest community mural in the Southern Hemisphere, this 500square-metre mural depicts the early history of Elliston through to the present day. The Town Hall now houses the community visitor information centre. Regular art exhibitions, supported by Country Arts SA, are held in the Town Hall.
Anxious Bay & Waldegrave Island Conservation Park
King George Whiting and rock lobster are just some of the catch from this clean and unspoilt bay. While its beach and ledges provide good fishing, a boat ramp gives access to its waters for fisherman and visitors to explore Waldegrave Island (4km off shore) or Flinders Island (35km). Anxious Bay is appropriately named! We recommend you seek local advice on boating sizes and conditions before you venture out.
Elliston’s Great Ocean Drive
This 12km coastal scenic drive between Anxious Bay and Waterloo Bay includes stretches of rugged cliffs, islands and spectacular views of the Great Australian Bight. There are many look-outs along the way including Salmon Point and Blackfellows, which has one of the best surfing waves in Australia. You can also see ‘Sculpture on the Cliffs’, a biennial event where some sculptures remain on permanent exhibit. Find our special fossilised weevil Leptopius Duponti cocoons (Dutch clogs) that range in age from 40,000year old to 100,000year old they can be seen scattered on the ground from the cliff-top walk.
For more information contact the Elliston Visitor Centre.
Part of the Lake Newland Conservation Park, Walkers Rock offers you the opportunity to swim, snorkel, surf and fish on one of the longest beaches on the west coast. Access is by 4WD drive - experienced drivers only.
This quirky bakery at Colton has a roadside, self-serve outlet on the Flinders Highway where you can purchase wood-fired bread via an honesty pay system. The breads are delicious and the sales hut provides a great photo opportunity. Call in when you see the ‘OPEN’ sign.
Lake Newland Conservation Park
A natural saline lake 20km in length, Lake Newland is the most extensive wetland on Eyre Peninsula, providing an excellent opportunity to observe the waterfowl and wading birds that inhabit the wetlands. The lake section of the park is only accessible by 4WD.
Talia Caves & Talia Beach
Stretching 20kms to Walkers Rock, near Elliston, Talia Beach offers good beach and rock fishing. Forty kilometres north-west of Elliston there are two interesting sites to visit before you reach Talia Beach - The Woolshed is a large cavern carved into the granite cliff by wave action. A walkway and wooden steps provide access onto the rocks to view the cave with its honeycombed ceiling, dark crevices and nearby blowholes. The Tub is a large crater in the cliff with a tunnel connection to the sea. It is 10 to 30metres deep and 50metres across with a granite base. For the adventure seeker it is worth the climb down into the crater. Beyond The Tub is a dramatic cliff face that offers long views to the south along Talia Beach.
Australian Salmon Fishing Championship - June to August
The waters along the west coast of Eyre Peninsula around Elliston are famous for salmon and abundant catches are the norm. The annual Championship attracts anglers from all around Australia.
For details visit Elliston Visitor Centre.
Sculptures on the Cliffs
This festival brings together the artistic skills of local and national artists who create unusual and intriguing sculptures that are installed along Elliston’s Great Ocean Drive. Some of the sculptures have remained on permanent display, adding another dimension to this breathtaking drive.
For details phone the Elliston Visitor Centre.