Uncovering the Hidden Gems in Elliston, South Australia

Elliston is a picturesque coastal township situated along the shores of Waterloo Bay, Eyre Peninsula. A short 40 minute drive south of Venus Bay, Elliston is a popular destination with its laid back vibe, pretty landscapes, rugged cliffs, and pristine beaches.
The perfect spot for a day trip from Venus Bay, here are some of the top things to do in Elliston:


1. Elliston’s Great Ocean Drive / Elliston Coastal Trail

Take a drive along Elliston’s two cliff top loop drives, also known as Elliston’s Great Ocean Drive. These scenic routes weave around the coastline, offering spectacular vantage points where you can catch a glimpse of dolphins or whales during migration season. Little Bay Clifftop Drive offers amazing views of the islands off Elliston, as well as the township and farming regions. Anxious Bay Clifftop loop has a series of unique sculptures along the trail. The views here are amazing.

The Elliston Coastal Trail offers 13.6km of walking trails along the drive, with varying track lengths and grades of difficulty. Visit the Elliston Coastal Trail website to learn more.

image via www.elliston.sa.gov.au

2. Discover Beautiful Beaches

Elliston is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Australia. Whether you want to soak up the sun at Waterloo Bay, try your luck at catching a wave at Locks Well Beach, or simply enjoy a peaceful picnic, the beaches of Elliston will not disappoint.


3. Fishing

Keen fishers will find catches galore in the bountiful waters of Elliston, home to the annual Australian Salmon Fishing Championship. Elliston Jetty, known for its 430m length, is ideal for fishing from dusk into the early morning, with target species including tommy ruf, garfish, trevally and squid. More fishing spots can be found on the Elliston Tourism website:
https://elliston.com.au/attractions/fishing-information/. Size, Bag and Boat limit brochures are
available from the visitor centre.


4. Community Centre and Markets

Elliston’s community markets held 4 times a year are a celebration of local art, craft and produce. Located at the hall at the Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre, visit the Elliston Market Facebook page to see if the markets are on while you’re visiting. The visitor centre is open all year round (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) and sells souvenirs, local art and craft in addition to providing information on the local area and surrounds. A large mural depicts the agricultural and maritime heritage of life in Elliston.


5. Elliston Trudinger Park – playground and skatepark

A popular place for families, Trudinger park on Memorial Drive is a great spot for a BBQ with a skate park, pump track, play equipment, fitness equipment and shade.

Elliston provides a variety of accommodation options to suit any preference, from beachfront villas and cosy B&Bs to camping grounds close to nature. End your day with a stay that promises comfort and a great vantage point for an Eyre Peninsula sunset. The Venus Bay Beachfront Tourist Park is just 40 minutes drive away from Elliston in peaceful Venus Bay.

Whether you’re a nature lover, sunset chaser or simply searching for a relaxing retreat, Elliston has something special in store for you. Start planning your visit to one of South Australia’s best-kept secrets and prepare to be captivated by the charm and beauty of this unique coastal town.