Elliston was the name chosen by Governor Jervois in 1878, after Miss Ellen Liston, the governess to the children of a local pioneering family.
The township has good facilities for the visitor, and accommodation at our Park is ideal to suit most if not all wandering travellers .
Sporting facilities include two ovals, floodlit tennis courts, a 9 hole golf course and a licensed community Sports Centre. An airstrip is also available for light aircraft.
Set between rolling and pleasant sheep and wheat country and some of the most interesting and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula, the town has little of historical interest but is an extremely pleasant and comfortable place for fishing, swimming, surfing and walking along the rugged sandstone cliffs.
Elliston and the waters of Waterloo Bay offer many opportunities for beach fisherman to catch whiting, Trevally and sweep from the rocks. The town jetty, which is lit at night, gives anglers the chance to get good catches of Tommy Ruff, Garfish, Whiting, Snook and whilst you are there, it is worth your while to try for Squid.
The jetty was originally built to service the coastal steamers bringing in supplies to the early settlers, and transporting their produce to market. For boat fishermen and yacht sailors, there is a concrete launching ramp at the main swimming beach in the town.
Skindiving and spear fishing are also popular in the Bay.
To the north of the town lies Anxious Bay (it can be reached by taking the road approximately 2 km north of the town) which offers spectacular cliff top views as well as access to the area known as Blackfellows.
For the surfer, there are few better waves than at Blackfellows, which is reputed to be one of the best surfing places on the Australian coast. Take the cliff top scenic drive to Anxious Bay where you will discover this surfing wonder. It's not uncommon to share the waves with a school of dolphins which also enjoy the surf.
Anxious Bay, with its white sandy beach broken only by Walkers Rocks and one other small rocky outcrop, stretches north some 38kms towards Talia Caves, and whilst access to the section of beach from Walkers Rocks to Talia Caves is limited to four wheel drive vehicles only, this beach offers excellent beach fishing for Salmon and the occasional Tailor or Mulloway.
The shores of Anxious Bay, easily accessible by direct road or via an alternate scenic drive capturing magnificent coastal scenery, provides also excellent beach fishing for Whiting and a concrete ramp offers easy access for boat fishermen to these waters and those of nearby Waldegrave Island, where fishermen will be rewarded with catches of Garfish, King George Whiting and other species of Whiting.
Locks Well & Sheringa Beach
Locks Well beach is only a 15kms hop south of Elliston, offering one of the most consistent catches of Australian Salmon in the state.
This beach consistently produces large Australian Salmon that surf fishermen base their stories on.
The popularity of Locks Well encouraged the community of Elliston to construct a 120 metre wooden staircase (282 steps !) to provide a safe and leisurely access to the beach.
A lookout has also been constructed, to take in the magnificent view of the coast line.
The road to Locks Well from the Flinders Highway has also been recently bitumised, relieving the driver of those famed corrugated secondary roads .
On the other hand Sheringa Beach, 41 kms south of Elliston, is also famed as one of the many beaches that produce good quantities of Australian Salmon,
Sheringa Beach, just 8km off the Flinders Highway turn off, does not offer the same comforts in road travel, though it does offer the same calibre in abundance of fish. It offers a magnificent backdrop of large white dunes and provides excellent beach fishing for whiting in the numerous green holes, whilst to the west, you will be rewarded with good catches of sweep from the rocks. Well-worn tracks will direct you to these locations. Travel a little further west and the second Sheringa Beach offers you surf fishing for salmon at its best.