This tourist drive is located on the opposite side of the bay to the other scenic drive. Once again, it was easy to find and follow the brown tourist signs. This one is a no-through road, so you do have to come back the same way, this didn't matter, as we saw sights that we missed on the way up.
Once again, the coastal cliffs are fantastic, and we found ourselves stopping and walking a lot.
The camera was in overdrive!
DO NOT MISS AS IT'S INCREDIBLE SCENERY!
This small town seems to be full of Artists. We had lunch in the park and were surrounded by artwork, then on our drive around the town, we saw much more.
The Elliston Pharmacy had a mural painted on the shop front and along the side wall of the towns history, this was very nice. Next, located in another park, was a Whale's tail sticking out of the lawn, this was made out of brush.
The children's RSL memorial centre was another building that I am sure would attract plenty of children with its colourful, man-made flowers, bright and pretty!
Lastly, were the old plough discs that were painted and had the designs of Australian animals cut out them, some people are clever and innovative!
This is a really nice playground/skate park I came across after visiting the information centre. It is set in a nice lawned area full of plenty equipment. For the adults, there is seating in an undercover area or in the sun. What I liked, was all the quirky art-work that was in this park. It is where the hold the annual Sculpture festival.
Are you looking for the Information centre, I was, and I found it in a side entrance of the Elliston Community Hall.
The Hall itself is worth a walk around to see the Mural that is painted all over the building except for the roof. The mural which was painted by local artists, is the largest mural of its type in Australia. It depicts the historical life of Elliston and covers more than 500 square metres in area. Even the Toilets are have a mural painted on them!
Anxious Bay was a nice surprise at the end of our Great Ocean drive. Here was a nice quiet, calm unspoilt Bay, so different to what we had just viewed. Nice Beach with a boat ramp if you want to head out fishing or try off the beach for King George Whiting. Crayfish are caught here.
Tourists can explore Waldegrave Island (4 km off shore) or Flinders Island (35 km). See the tourist information centre.
On this Great Ocean Drive, are permanent exhibits of art work. I had already been to the Tourist Information centre and picked up the free brochure detailing the sculptures.
I must admit, I didn't think much of quite a few, but there were a few that I did, like the one that reminds me of the statues on Easter Island. These were set in a position with a wonderful view behind, I guess everybody takes a photo here!
Have a look as you drive along the well maintained dirt road, there are quite a few to see, including a pair of thongs!
This drive rivals the "Great Ocean Road" in Victoria, in fact, I thought it was better, even though a lot shorter!
All we had to do on arrival at Elliston, was find the Brown Tourist sign for this drive. That was easy, we saw it as we entered town when coming from Streaky Bay. I can't say enough about this drive, except that we made heaps of stops because of the incredible cliffs and views. It is hard to beat!
The drive starts at Salmon Point, then takes in Blackfellows and Anxious Bay. We could see Waldergrave Island which is a sanctuary for Cape Barren Geese, Penguins, Seals and other sea life.
Flinders Island can also be seen.
Remember to take the Binoculars to spot the sea-life, and have something warm in the car incase it's windy and cold.
DO NOT MISS!
A clifftop drive near Elliston that features sculpture, coastal scenery and (hopefully) clear blue skies. There was an Elliston council-sponsored sculpture competition held in 2006 resulting in sculptures of varying quality being placed at regular intervals along the road. My favourite was a fancily-painted park bench.
They probably won't last more than ten years so they're a unique, temporary landmark.
There had been floods about a week before, making Lake Hamilton diverting roadside scenery. Leo Cummings memorial overlooks the lake. Leo Cummings was a 23 year old sailor who was the only one not to survive a shipwreck of a fishing boat in the cliffs below in the 1950's.
There didn't appear to be road access to the lake.
Despite giving myself a day to go from Streaky Bay to Elliston I still ran out of time. (as always). There are more rock features but the Woolshed Cave presents a quick photo opportunity (the strong odour is in itself motivation to be quick).
I hadn't researched very well but I sort of recognized them when I saw them. The sculptures that is. Sadly (in my opinion) only two remain from the symposium of 2002 but I found this one very powerful, from any angle. It is called Sorrow - by Siv Grava of Elliston. In the sculptor's own words, "This sculpture, 'Sorrow', is made of aerated concrete bricks (Thermalite). It's the image of two faces, carved in relief onto two large panels. The shape of the panels, suggesting wings perhaps.
The artwork is my reponse to the terrible sadness I feel when I think of the indigenous people who went to their deaths over the cliffs near here, in the 1840's".
Unfortunately, in my opinion, one has been removed and so it's just a lone head that's left but it so dominates the cliff where it was placed that its impact is marked.
Artists from diverse backgrounds came together to create, build, install their work in the week before the opening. Artists from Elliston, Coburg, Kapunda, Port Lincoln, Coromandel Valley, Lyndhurst, Bondi, Wharminda, Minnipa, Port Neil, and Penong, came together, for the 'Meeting of the Winds'.
This celebration was an event, initiated by the community of Elliston, for the Encounter 2002 Festival.
Part of the motorhome dream is to park somewhere, put up your feet and enjoy the view. I can think of few places in Australia that would better to stop at than Cape Finniss on a balmy day, putting on the kettle and watching the world go by. Unfortunately I couldn't do that. No, I had to go and wet a line. However, my mate Bob was more in tune and that's exactly what he did for about and hour and a half. It's a hard life.
The Elliston Great Ocean Drive officially starts on the southern side of Waterloo Bay and continues around to the northern side, which I where we came in. On a balmy day, one of many we were to enjoy on this sojourn, it evokes a feeling bordering on spiritual.
Should I return one day, as I plan to, I hope to spend a night just perched atop one of the cliff faces to totally soak up the atmosphere or a sunrise and sunset.
It should be a part of everyone's experience to do something like this once in their life. It brings a tranquility that one hopes to achieve in meditation.
Something about the drama of the panorama. Something about the constancy of the surf. Something about tenaciousness of the plants' life. Something about the updraft drifting across the plateau. Something I hope you all share someday.
There's not a lot, but it is a pleasant place for fishing, swimming, surfing or taking in the dramatic sandstone cliffs.
It's almost unique though inasmuch as it's one of a limited number of villages in Australia that can claim to have been named after a scribe; this comes from its first name of Ellie's Town, after the writer and teacher Ellen Liston, a fairly obscure writer these days whose novels, The Stauntons and Auckland Marston haven't been in print since before the Second World War along with her short stories and verse - Pioneers: Stories by Ellen Liston, published in 1936, 51 years after her death.
The area had been settled in the early 1840s, and the port had become known as Waterloo Bay after some settlers, in a brutal act of reprisal, rounded up a large number of local Aborigines and drove them to a cliff where they were confronted with either jumping to their death or being shot. Some European with a warped sense of humour, fairly appalling by today's standards, decided that the Aborigines had met their Waterloo, hence the title.
Despite an attempt to exploit the abalone beds, there has been no local industry save the agricultural one though tourism these days is making inroads, however slowly, into the Eyre Peninsula.