Located on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, Whyalla is a beautifully situated beach resort which also offers historical attractions and natural appeal.
For a long time, the city was one of Australia’s major industrial centers, producing much of the steel which built the modern nation. Nowadays, the industry may have gone, but visitors can still take fascinating steelworks tours that provide a unique window into Australian history.
Nowadays, Whyalla has exchanged industry for recreation, and provides opportunities to enjoy a huge range of outdoor activities. The town’s three beaches offer a mixture of safe swimming, surf and boating activities, and charter boats can be booked at the town jetty that will allow visitors to sample some of the south coast’s finest snapper fishing grounds.
There are also plenty of beautiful sites to visit near Whyalla. Cycle or hike out to Hummock Hill. Lookout for gorgeous views across the bay, take a kayaking tour to Point Lowly (and try some spear fishing) or head out on night mountain bike rides with expert guides.
There are also some superb museums to enjoy. Head to the town museum and tour HMS Whyalla, the first warship to be built solely in Australia, or visit the Mount Laura Homestead to see what life was like on a sheep station in early 20th century South Australia.
The town also hosts events throughout the year, such as the popular Fishy Fringe Festival held in April, which brings amusements, theater performances and live music. The town is also host to international fishing competitions, so serious anglers will be in their element.
South Australia enjoys an extremely warm and dry climate for most of the year. Summer is roughly between November and March, and brings scorching heat that will be too much for some visitors, and heaven for others. Schedule a trip for April and enjoy mild autumnal conditions, as well as the Fishy Fringe Festival, or try a June or July break to enjoy fishing and hiking without the crowds.
Getting from downtown to the beaches and the main shopping district can be done by the Whyalla bus system, but for more outlying destinations a car is recommended. Buses regularly leave for Adelaide (50 minutes journey time) and many of the city attractions such as the beaches, marine and Hummock Hill are within walking distance. With flat land and little traffic, cycling may actually be the best option, so why not investigate cycle rental?