RELAX & ENJOY
Situated on the shores of spectacular
Waterloo Bay and known for its rugged,
scenic coastline and as a great place for
fishing, swimming, surfing and bush walking.
Set between rolling hills and some of the
most spectacular and dramatic coastline on
the Eyre Peninsula, the town is now a centre
for a cereal-growing, mixed-farming and
An RV dump point has been installed near
the Information Centre and is maintained
by the District Council.
Population: 377 (soars to 1,500 during
Matthew Flinders sailed past Waterloo Bay
in 1802, naming the Waldegrave Islands
and Anxious Bay. The bay was later named
Waterloo Bay in 1865 on the Golden Jubilee
of the Battle of Waterloo, hence the names
Wellington Point and Wellesley Point at its
On land, Edward John Eyre explored the
area, naming Lake Newland in 1840. Settlers
took up holdings some time around 1847.
Elliston was planned and named by Governor
Jervois in 1878, some say after Ellen Liston,
a governess for a local pioneering family but
it is more likely that it was named after Sir
Samuel Burdon Ellis, a friend of Governor
Jervois or possibly Sir Henry Walton Ellis, who
died of wounds in the Battle of Waterloo.
Elliston became the central port for
the region from which the early settlers
transported their wool and wheat by sailing
vessels and later steamships. Road transport
took over after 1965. Since then Elliston has
established itself as an important centre for
the surrounding area with farming, fishing
and tourism providing the main sources of
employment and business opportunities.
Australian Salmon Fishing
Welcome to our
district, home of the
Australian Salmon Fishing
Championship. Held June,
July and August annually.
For more information please visitwww.elliston.com.au/salmon
Elliston Community Hall - Mural
Finished in 1992 and repainted in 2014,
the mural was painted by the community
under the guidance of artists Siv Grava and
John Turpie. Smaller murals on the old shop
and the front beach public toilets were also
commissioned. The main mural depicts the
life of Elliston, taking in both the maritime
and rich agricultural heritage.
Elliston Trudinger Park
Playground and Skatepark
Enjoy the shade and facilities which include a
barbecue and play equipment.
Named as a tribute to Dr Trudinger who
served our community for over 18 years.
Heritage listed because of its steel pylons
screwed directly into the sea floor using a
horse drawn winch, the 424m jetty is great
for a walk or fishing. Dusk is the time to catch
Australian herring (tommy ruffs) with squid,
garfish and trevally being caught. The jetty is
lit at night with solar powered lights.
Elliston Clifftop Drives
Breathtaking scenic views on both loops.
The roads to both sections are part bitumen
and part gravel, they are regularly maintained
and provide a good surface for conventional
• Little Bay Clifftop Drive; from the lookout
take in the superb view of the outlying
islands, including Top Gallant Isles,
Flinders Island, Pearson Island and part of
Waldegrave Island. Bird Rock, Waterloo
Bay, the Elliston township, the silos and the
farmland beyond can also be seen from the
• Anxious Bay Clifftop Drive; includes
Anxious Bay views as well as the islands and
Blacks surf spot. It has the added attraction
of sculptures dotted along the cliffs.
See map opposite for more information.
Anxious Bay & Waldegrave
Island Conservation Park
King George whiting and crayfish are just
some of the catch from this clean and unspoilt
bay. Waldegrave Islands Conservation Park
is a sanctuary for Cape Barren geese, fairy
penguins, sea lions and other wildlife. Anxious
Bay is appropriately named - we recommend
you seek local advice on boating sizes and
conditions before you venture out.
Bramfield was the original township of the
Elliston district. Cobb and Co stopped here
on their way to Colton from Port Lincoln.
The area is known for its two orchards
producing organically grown fruit and nuts
which are available for sale locally. Driving
west, watch for the first glimpse of shining
Waterloo Bay and the islands beyond - a truly
This is the burial place of many early settlers
as Bramfield was regarded as the local town
in the days before Elliston grew to take
its place. Look for the grave of Mr William
Griffiths Tree who was a local land owner
and a shearer. Mr Tree had his headstone
made by Tilletts Memorials in Adelaide at
least two years before his death at Elliston
on 21st July 1959. Except for the date of
his death, Mr Tree arranged for some of his
history to be engraved on it, returning to
Tilletts on at least ten occasions to update
the information. His shearing tallies were all
achieved with the art of the blade shears.