Wallaroo Things to Do
If you want to see well preserved early Australian cottages, then come to Wallaroo. There are plenty here in all different styles, all still being lived in today. It just shows how well they built these cottages out of the local stone. Drive or walk around Wallaroo, and enjoy these historic buildings.more
Located in Investigator Park, is the historic Tipara reef Lighthouse, a good example of early lighthouses. It is a pity that it isn't intact, as it was an unusual type of lighthouse. As it was dismantled and removed by Helicopter in 1995, only the central cylinder, gallery, and lantern were saved.more
Wallaroo's Port has been here since the 1800's, when it was used to ship Wool.It was 1861, when the first jetty was much needed and built, so copper could be shipped to Newcastle in New South Wales, and the return cargo was coal for the Wallaroo smelters. The Port was so busy, that in 1864, the Jetty was lengthened. Wallaroo is a deep water port,...more
Some more buildings I saw were....1...SEAMAN'S RECREATION CENTRE..Circa 1880. A lovely sprawling old building with a nice bright garden, originally erected for use as administrative offices for the Smelters by the Wallaroo Mining Company. It was once used for a recreation centre for visiting sailors, but now is a private residence.2...WALLAROO...more
On our drive around the town, some more historic buildings we saw were.....1..SONBERN LODGE...A double story Hotel/Motel that was once built as a Coffee Palace and Guest Hotel in 1914 to coincide with the opening of the Railway Station. It is just across the road from the railway station, and would be a picture when the vine is in Autumn colours....more
As is the case in most towns and cities, the Town Hall is usually a very nice building, well here in Wallaroo was no exception. The building of this lovely town hall began in 1901 and it was completed in 1902. Bad luck hit in 1917, when fire destroyed all of the Town Hall but the outer walls. It was rebuilt and now is know for its ornate ceiling...more
Located in the main street, is quite a big double storey building with lacework verandahs that was built in 1864. At that time, it was known as "W.C. Eland's Wallaroo Bonded Stores," trading in Wine, Tea, Soap and General Commodities. In 1883 the building was converted for use as Salvation Army Hall which continued until closure in 1971. Since then...more
I thought I was seeing things when I saw this Railway station! We had just arrived from Moonta, and to my surprise, here was a Railway station built in the same style as the one in Moonta!This Station was built in 1914 to replace 2 outdated stations, and was in use as a passenger station until 1969. It was an Art and Craft Centre from 1970-1985,...more
This is a rather new Ferry service, that allows you to cut of a lot of distance when travelling from Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula.
Instead of driving all the way up to Port Augusta located at the top of Spencer's Gulf, and then back around the other side, this Ferry will take your Car and you across the Gulf from Wallaroo to Lucky Bay on Eyre Peninsula.
The ferry has an airconditioned cafe, lounges, wireless internet access, TV, Play area.
It will carry 300 people and 85 vehicles.
Ferries depart Wallaroo....... Return from Lucky Bay on Eyre Peninsula
Mon - Friday 8am & 1.30pm 10.30am & 4pm
Saturday 9am noon
Sunday noon 2.30pm
FARES IN 2012
Passengers and walk $35
Cars & 4WDs up to 5.5m $140 +$30 extra per metre if towning van, trailer etc.
More details on the website.
You have to arrive 30mins before departure time.
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Favorite thing: Need a Toilet, then look no further than the park opposite the Town Hall.
Here you will find what looks to be two concrete tanks with Mural's painted all the way around them.
I thought this was a rather clever idea, one which cleverly hid the plain concrete by having the murals painted on them. In fact, you can read some history on the town when you come out, you may not have time on your way in. :)
In fact, they are the Ladies and Gents Public Toilets, FREE to use!Related to:
- Women's Travel
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