Population 199

Nestled in a range of hills on the shores of picturesque Waterloo Bay is the small community of Elliston. The waters of the bay used to have rich abalone beds, but fierce exploitation in the 1960s decimated them. Thanks to a hatchery and rehabilitation, the abalone population is now back on the increase. The rugged and scenic coastline is spectacular and – with its excellent fishing and safe swimming beaches – Elliston is becoming a popular holiday destination. The 12-kilometre stretch of coast north of Elliston, known as Elliston's Great Ocean View, is said to rival the landscape of Victoria's Great Ocean Road, but on a smaller scale.

Visitor Information

Town Hall, 6 Memorial Dr; (08) 8687 9200.

Nearby national parks

  • Coffin Bay National Park

    This scenic coastal park covers a rugged spur of land jutting west from the tip of Eyre Peninsula into the Southern Ocean. On two sides wild...more

  • Lincoln National Park

    Easily accessible at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula, Lincoln National Park protects a sweeping plain of coastal mallee surrounded by bays and...more

  • Lake Gairdner National Park

    The vast whiteness of Lake Gairdner rests in the foothills on the northern side of the Gawler Ranges. This is one of the largest salt lakes...more

Nearby towns

  • Wudinna

    The enormous silos in Wudinna are indicative of the town's major grain industry, predominantly wheat and barley, grown here since the first...more

  • Streaky Bay

    A holiday town, fishing port and agricultural centre for the cereal-growing hinterland. The bay was first sighted in 1627 by Dutch explorer...more

  • Coffin Bay

    A picturesque holiday town and fishing village on the shores of a beautiful estuary, Coffin Bay is popular particularly in summer, when the...more

In Town

Town Hall Mural: the Southern Hemisphere's largest mural, which represents the history of the town and district; Main St.

Jetty: the heritage-listed 1889 jetty has been restored and is lit by night.


Elliston's Great Ocean View: scenic cliff-top drive north of town to adjacent Anxious Bay, with fabulous coastal views. Along the way is Blackfellows, reputedly one of the best surfing beaches in Australia.

Anxious Bay: good fishing from beach and ledges for King George whiting. The boat ramp here provides access to Waldegrave Island (4 km offshore) and Flinders Island (35 km offshore), both good for fishing and seal-spotting (seek local advice about conditions before departing).

Locks Well: a long stairwell down to a famous salmon-fishing and surf beach with coastal lookout; 12 km SE.

Walkers Rock: good beaches for swimming and rock-fishing; 15 km N.

Lake Newland Conservation Park: significant dunes separate the park's salt lakes and wetlands from the sea. Walk along bush tracks or try a spot of fishing; 26 km N.

Scenic drive: to Sheringa (40 km SE). From Sheringa Beach, a popular fishing spot, see whales, dolphins and seals offshore.

Talia Caves: spectacular scene of caves with waves crashing on edge. Another good spot for beach-fishing; 45 km N.

Campsites around town

Walkers Rocks camping area 10 km

A brilliant beachside location close to Elliston, Walkers Rocks offers great fishing and safe swimming, with the occasional surf break too. Assorted sites are set among the dunes, some with shade. At low tide,... Find out more

Sheringa Coastal camping area 36 km

This classic west-coast surf beach is a legendary salmon-fishing haunt, with good catches of whiting also possible here. There’s no shortage of wild coastline and scenery to the north; swim and surf with care.... Find out more

Talia Caves camping area (bush camping) 37 km

Striking coastal cave formations here feature wave-hollowed limestone atop massive granite terraces. There’s also good rock-fishing nearby and surf beaches just to the south. Watch the rip if swimming. Simple bush... Find out more

Bascombe Well camping area (bush camping) 55 km

There is bush camping for self-sufficient campers 22 km south-west of Lock, with dry-weather access only via Murdinga or Warrachie off the Tod Hwy.... Find out more

Baird Bay Campground 74 km

There’s camping for self-sufficient campers on the northern side of Baird Bay, 50 km south-east of Streaky Bay. To get here, take Baird Bay Rd off Flinders Hwy. Boat tours of Baird Bay leave from the township near... Find out more

Wedina Well camping area 88 km

Wedina Well camping area is reached from Calca Rd off Flinders Hwy, 40 km south-east of Streaky Bay. Enter the gate with the ‘Reserve’ sign on Calca Rd, and come equipped with a gas/fuel stove, water and... Find out more

The Pool camping area 93 km

Nestled in the lee of distant Point Sir Isaac, this site for self-sufficient campers has a real ‘out there’ feeling. Being the northern side of the peninsula, the bay here is a protected haven for swimming,... Find out more

Morgans Landing camping area 98 km

With absolute-waterfront camping towards the western end of Seven Mile Beach, this marvellous stretch of golden sand and placid water is perfect for swimming, boating and fishing. The beach is the main 4WD track heading... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Elliston Waterloo Bay Tourist Park

Elliston is a quiet holiday location and this is a neat and tidy park adjacent to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-stay applies at Christmas and Easter.... Find out more

Venus Bay Caravan Park 50 km

Situated in the centre of town and right on the beachfront, the park is a popular fishing spot. On a good day it is possible to land a bag limit within a couple of hundred metres of the park. Bookings are required from... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Apartments 74 km

Located on the Eyre Peninsula’s north-west coast, the two rammed-earth units here were architecturally designed and are suitable for families and large groups. They are right by the sea. All water is recycled.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Walkers Rocks camping area 10 km

T/O 8km N of Elliston (L) or 54km SE of Port Kenny (R)

On the foreshore 3km (unsealed) west of the highway.

Locks Well park area 17 km

T/O 150km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 16km SE of Elliston (R)

At the lookout 3km west of the highway. Caravans and motorhomes must not proceed past the top carpark.

Sheringa Beach camping area 36 km

T/O 126km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 40km SE of Elliston (R)

On the foreshore 7km (unsealed) west of the highway.

Hillsea rest area 45 km

118km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 48km SE of Elliston (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Cummings Lookout rest area 54 km

106km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 60km SE of Elliston (R)

At the lookout carpark 500m off the highway. Large caravans and motorhomes must not proceed past the carpark.

Port Kenny park area 57 km

At Port Kenny

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Mount Hope rest area 68 km

92km NW of Port Lincoln (R) or 74km SE of Elliston (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Murphys Haystacks park area 79 km

T/O 24km NW of Port Kenny (L) or 38km SE of Streaky Bay (R)

At a group of unusual rock formations 2km west of the highway. On private property.

Lake Malata rest area 84 km

74km NW of Port Lincoln (L) or 92km SE of Elliston (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Kyancutta rest area 84 km

At Kyancutta

At Polkdinney Park behind the general store.

Minnipa rest area 91 km

At Minnipa

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Polda Rock park area 92 km

T/O at Wudinna

At the base of the rock 8km (partly unsealed) north-east of Wudinna.

Tcharkulda Rock camping area 94 km

T/O at Minnipa

At the base of the rock 4km (partly unsealed) east of Minnipa via Bockelberg Rd.

Mount Wudinna park area 96 km

T/O at Wudinna

In the bush at the base of Mt Wudinna. Located 13km (partly unsealed) north-east of Wudinna.

Goyders Line rest area 98 km

19km E of Kyancutta (L) or 69km W of Kimba (R)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Sculptures on the Cliff: Anzac Day weekend Apr.

Australian Salmon Fishing Competition: June–Aug.

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