Elliston - Venus Bay 62km
Overlooking tranquil Venus Bay and its picturesque islands, this welcoming seaside town has long been a favourite holiday destination among West Coasters.
The fish are friendly out in the bay or off the jetty (and night lighting makes for good evening fishing), while boat launching facilities, a fish scaling bay and boat hire add to the appeal. Water skiing, swimming, canoeing and sailing are other offshore pursuits, as is surfing the waves at beaches just along the coast.
The Venus Bay lookout provides amazing views of towering cliffs and the booming surf rolling in from the Great Australian Bight - and there are lots of great trails for visitors who want to get out. Named after the two masted schooner Venus that traded around Eyre Peninsula in the 1850's, Venus Bay has a range of accommodation and a general store.
This jetty boasts good fi shing all year round and is lit up at night for the even keener fisherman.
Mount Camel Beach
This pristine beach offers excellent surf fishing all year round for salmon, mullet and large tommies. Mt Camel Beach is approximately 10 minutes south of Venus Bay. Dolphins are regularly spotted along this pleasant coast.
Venus Bay Conservation Park
The park comprises Weyland Peninsula and the seven islands within Venus Bay. There are over 100 bird, 12 native mammal and 25 reptile species in the park.
Visit http://www.parks.sa.gov.au for more information
Scenic Drives & Walking Trails
Talia Cave Tourist Drive
This drive leads to two great caves - The Tub and The Woolshed. Both are beautifully coloured by the distinctive limestone and granite formation common to these areas. The drive begins approximately 20 minutes drive south of Venus Bay.
South Head Walking Trail
Walk the South Head Walking Trail at Venus Bay and you might see pods of dolphins surfi ng and frolicking through the waves at the bay's entrance. You might also spot Australian sea-lions, sea eagles and from May to October this is a great viewing spot for the Southern Right Whales as they migrate to the Great Australian Bight.
Needle Eye Lookout
The Needle Eye Lookout offers spectacular vistas of natural rock formations, rugged cliffs and breathtaking views of the coastline. Feel the fresh southern ocean breeze while standing at lookouts over the best views the Great Australian Bight and Eyre Peninsula has to offer. You might even stumble across some 100,000 year old fossil cocoons locally know as 'clogs'. The weevils that lived in these cocoons (Leptoptus duponti) once inhabited this area.
For more information, please contact the Elliston Community Information Centre on 08 86879200