The north-eastern gateway to the Eyre Peninsula, this industrial town is much more than just that – come and see for yourself.
Blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine every year (escape from the rain, anyone?), Whyalla is renowned as a steel and ship building hub but it’s also blessed by the natural environment.
It’s home to the Australian Giant Cuttlefish for several months of the year, when these luminescent goliaths converge on the waters near town between May and August each year. They’re some of the largest cuttlefish in the world!
Whyalla also has great fishing, friendly local dolphins at the marina, and some fascinating museums that highlight the history of this important port town.
Explore the well-developed foreshore, including the shady and releaxing Ada Ryan Gardens, and when you get sick of the ocean head out of town to the conservation park and take in this unique environment from the top of Wild Dog Hill.
As the biggest city on the Eyre Peninsula, you’ll also find everything you need right in town from accommodation to dining to all your other necessities.
How good is that?!?
Things To Do
Take in the marine life
Diving with Giant Cuttlefish is an once-in-a-lifetime, unique experience that can’t be had just anywhere – so it’s absolutely worth visiting for. They’re not the only marine life in the area, though. Visit the friendly local dolphins at the marina or catch some massive snapper!
Learn the history
The Whyalla Maritime Museum is the obvious one, here – it’s well-known for housing a collection of treasures, including WWII documentation. Ticket price includes a tour of the HMAS Whyalla. That’s not the only museum option in town, though. Also stop by the Mount Laura Homestead Museum, for a great look into Australia’s history.
Check out the public art
There’s multiple things to check out if art is your interest. On the Foreshore you’ll find the Rotary Peace and Harmony Globe and Sundial representing Whyalla’s multicultural background and the Diver Sculpture celebrating the ocean. On McDouall Stuart Avenue you’ll find The Loaded Dog, based on Henry Lawson’s story of the same name.
Tours & Hires
For a customised fishing trip to suit your fancy, and particularly if you want to catch a big snapper, check out Whyalla Fishing Charters for top service and a great experience. But don’t take our word for it – read the reviews and find out for yourself!
Whyalla Steelworks Tour
Discover the steelworks producing 1.2 million tonnes of raw steel – tours are three days a week, but bookings are essential. Contact the Whyalla Visitor Centre for more information.
Rent kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) to paddle with Whyalla’s friendly dolphins! Be sure to contact them for more information and bookings.
If you’d rather have a guide than just jumping in yourself, contact Whyalla Diving Services for information on their tours. They also rent equipment for those just looking for some gear.
Hike, bike or drive – it’s 12km one-way, so it depends how active you want to be! This trail takes you along the coast to Point Lowly, and is divided into two sections. The first is the Fitzgerald Bay Hiking Trail, which is 4km long, and the 8km Fitzgerald Bay-Lowly Point hiking, cycling and driving trail. Interpretive signage along the way makes it informative as well as picturesque! Point Lowly also has a lighthouse, and you can book to stay a night or two in the lighthouse cottages.
The Heritage Walking Trails
Follow the 1.9km City Walk to the top of Hummock Hill, take the 2.1km Education & Cultural Walk through the centre of Whyalla or explore the Wetlands Walk with its interpretive signage. More information on each trail can be found online.
Wild Dog Hill
A walking track leads to the top of the hill in the Whyalla Conservation Park, with sunset and sunrise revealing the stunning red earth surrounds at their best.