Whyalla Travel Guide

  • Whyalla steel works
    Whyalla steel works
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  • What to see at Whyalla
    What to see at Whyalla
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  • Ship being loaded with Iron Ore
    Ship being loaded with Iron Ore
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Whyalla Things to Do


    This Museum adjoins the Whyalla visitor centre. As you would imagine, on display is exhibits and artifacts on World War Two Naval History, BHP Shipbuilding, Maritime Heritage, and some natural and Aboriginal History. The main display is the HMAS Whyalla, constructed in 1941, which was the first modern warship built in South Australia.Opening Times...


    I was hoping to see this Museum, but as it turned out, we were here on a public holiday and it was closed. I had to view what I could from the outside. Mt Laura Homestead was built in 1922 as the homestead for a sheep station that was several miles from Whyalla. In the 1960's, the town of Whyalla encircled the homestead, and so it became a National...


    This is another good lookout, and I just loved the stick figures of Flinders and Louis-Claude de Freycinet.In 1802 Matthew Flinders was the first European to navigate and chart this unknown coast of SA, then 10 months later, in January 1803, Louis-Claude de Freycinet navigated and charted the isolated coast. He and his crew were impressed by the...


    THE LOADED DOG is a statue situated infront of the Whyalla Vetinerary Surgery. It was the principal Vet, "Dr. Andrew Melville-Smith," who come up with the idea.He employed Andy Scott from Glasgow, Scotland to make the dog, which he did in his workshop and then shipped the finished statue out to Whyalla.So, who was the Loaded Dog.Well, it turns out...


    This is a Steelworks Tour conducted by the Whyalla Visitor Centre which is best to be booked ahead of time.It is a chance to hear about the 100 years of Australian Iron and Steelmaking history, and the $350 million OneSteel Project. You travel around the huge site by Bus, with a guide explaining the technology of how Hematite and Magnetite iron ore...


    This is an EXCELLENT LOOKOUT that overlooks the eastern end of Whyalla.To reach here, follow the Brown Tourist signs, and then head up the sealed ONE WAY ROAD to the top of Hummock Hill for 360 degree views. The lookout was developed by BHP as a gift to the city to commemorate the company's centenary year, and opened during the 1986 SA Jubilee...

  • The shipping news

    On the northern entrance to the city it's a bit hard not to that there's a ship out of water astride the Lincoln Highway. This marks the Whyalla Maritime Museum and a tourist information centre.The ship is, perhaps not surprisingly, the HMAS Whyalla, one of four corvettes constructed for the Second World War in this very town. There are five guided...

  • Whyalla Visitor Centre

    The Whyalla Visitor Centre is situated on Lincoln Highway at the norhern approach to Whyalla, next to the HMAS Whyalla.Apart from information on tourist attractions and accommodation, Steelworks tours can be booked through here.Opening Hours:9:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays, and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sundays.

  • Iron Knob

    It was the minerals around here that made Whyalla what it is today and one of the more prominent mounds left is that of Iron Knob.Though it's a few kilometres away it stands in stark contrast to the surrounding countryside, not the least reason being the colour exhibited by the iron oxide on the slag heaps that remain.There are other ore bodies...

  • The steelworks

    One of the things we couldn't help but notice was that the wharf for the steelworks was near where we parked.This added to the noise inasmuch as we could hear the clanking of rolling stock from time to time above our heads, about 50 metres above our heads in fact.The toing and froing of ore carriages is fairly continuous but, without it, the reason...

  • A fitting end to a great day

    As we moved down the harbour Steve still had one more surprise for us. Lo and behold, right beside us a dolphin popped up. Awesome.Then, it got better. Turns out that the locals have tamed this wild one and he pops up for food when the boats come in. Steve had some pilchards left over for just such a moment and we not only fed the dolphin ( see pic...

  • In the gulf - the big ones

    The early start meant we had to be rugged up which fortunately we were. It's a long way out before the charter pulls up at the first reef, somewhere around an hour as I recall. Many of the reefs out here are artificial and were in fact laid down by our host's father so he had no excuse not knowing where they were.At one stage we were fishing and...

  • Why we went there

    We (my mate Bob and I) went to Eyre Peninsula for the purpose of fishing. Whyalla wasn't on my original list. It only got there half way through the trip when we were having trouble chartering a boat. Most didn't go where we wanted or were booked out then someone tipped us off about Whyalla.What a bonus that turned out to be!Having obtained the...

  • Steelworks Tour

    You can go on a tour of the BHP (OneSteel) Steelworks, I'd rate it as the most insteresting thing to do in Whyalla. Part of the site is recliamed land (from the sea); among other things you get to see where coal is processed into 'coke', a giant bucket where molten metal is poured, and the end of the production line where a continuous rectangular...

  • Hummock Hill

    A lookout offering good views of Whyalla and surrounds. Was orignally used for defensive purposes during WW2 (did they really think Japanese subs would come sailing up the Spencer Gulf?).


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    Iron Duke

    by thewhitebear Updated Jul 15, 2005

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    Iron Duke is a mine 50 km out of whyalla when your heading doun the east coast of the EP you will pass it.

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