After leaving Lincoln National Park we headed north west making our way up the western coastline of the Eyre Peninsula. With so many small sea side towns along the way it’s sometimes hard to choose which one to stop at. Originally we had planned to stop at Coffin Bay but the weather for the upcoming week was looking pretty miserable which in a way pushed us further north than we had planned. Driving through the beautiful little town of Elliston late in the afternoon we decided to camp at Walkers Rock, just 14km north of town.
Elliston is a small coastal town on the north west shore of Eyre Peninsula and is situated on beautiful Waterloo Bay. Heading back into town we ventured along the cliff top drive to view the permanent sculptures that decorate the ruggered limestone cliffs overlooking the ocean. Surfers can often be spotted from this drive as there are some popular breaks in the area.
Waterloo Bay is a beautiful calm bay which is a breeding spot for many fish species and because it is so sheltered it makes for an excellent snorkelling and swimming area. Fishing off the historical jetty is also a good way to spend a few hours with large squid, King George Whiting and tommies being the main catches from the jetty. The jetty itself is historically listed as it is one of only a few operational screw pylon structured jetties left and was recently restored.
Our boys loved running along the pristine sands of Waterloo Bay and exploring the caves. It certainly is a very family friendly town and the playground located in town is very popular.
The information centre located next to the playground is also quite interesting. It boasts the largest community mural in the Southern Hemisphere and depicts the story of the early settlers in the area through to the present day.
The town itself is very scenic with views over the coast and a bakery, cafe, restaurant and multiple accomodation options.
On another day drive from our base at Walkers Rock we took a drive to Lake Nelwand Conservation Park, a 20km salt lake and fresh water spring system and the largest wetland on the Eyre Peninsula. The lake area of the conservation park is only accessible by 4wd and is home to an abundant array of bird life. The amazing feeling of having an area to yourself is definately what Lake Newland has to offer.
Walkers rock itself is part of the Lake Newland Conservation Park and is situated right at the southern tip of the park. There is camping available here at a cost of $10 per night with a toilet and cold showers. There is access to the beach also for launching the boat (4wd only) and the campground itself can accomodate all camping setups.
The stretch of coastline around Elliston is certainly beautiful, and exploring the surrounding area creates a very memorable experience.
Where : Elliston is located on the Flinders Highway on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, 235km south of Ceduna