Elliston Eyre Peninsula

RELAX & ENJOY ELLISTON 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 fishing community. 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 peak season) HISTORY 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 entrance. 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 Championships Welcome to our district, home of the Australian Salmon Fishing Championship. Held June, July and August annually. For more information please visit www.elliston.com.au/salmon ATTRACTIONS 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. Elliston Jetty 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 vehicles. • 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 lookout. • 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 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 wonderful sight! Bramfield Cemetery 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. 6