Elliston is the next town encountered when traveling south along the Eyre Peninsular. Elliston is a very small town. But prior to arriving at the town are the Hay Stack rock formations. Take the short diversion and marvel at these big ‘stones’.

Nestled against a beach, the town is renowned for its salmon fishing off the beaches.

The first recorded exploration of the adjacent coastline was by Matthew Flinders in the vessel Investigator from 10–13 February 1802. He named the offshore islands but did not note the presence of Waterloo Bay in his log.

Edward John Eyre explored the area on land in 1840 and 1841 on a journey to Western Australia from Port Lincoln. Originally named Waterloo Bay, the township was later named by Governor Sir William Jervois on a plan for the town on 23 November 1878. Locally it is believed to be named after the writer and educator Ellen Liston who was born in England in 1838 and emigrated to South Australia in 1850. She was a governess working on a local property (Nilkerloo) owned by John Hamp.

The Elliston Catholic Church is a modern structure whilst the Anglican is a near century old building.

The Elliston War Memorial and Rotunda is located in the centre of the town.

The Elliston Hotel is an old building servicing the wide area.

If the timing is right this is not a bad place for a stop over.

Diary notes




Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course