Population 21122

Whyalla, northern gateway to Eyre Peninsula, has grown from the small settlement of Hummock Hill to the largest provincial city in South Australia. It has become known for its heavy industry since iron ore was found in the 1890s around Iron Knob and the steel works opened in 1964. Whyalla also has an interesting natural attraction. Each year, from May to August, an incredible number of cuttlefish spawn on the rocky coast just north – a must-see for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. The city is modern and offers safe beaches, excellent fishing and boating.

Visitor Information

Lincoln Hwy; (08) 8645 7900 or 1800 088 589


Nearby national parks

  • Mount Remarkable National Park

    Mount Remarkable National Park, in the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, is a beautiful bushland park with pretty creeks, steep...more

  • Lake Torrens National Park

    The 250-kilometre-long ephemeral Lake Torrens is timeless, wild and starkly photogenic. Protected within Lake Torrens National Park, this is...more

  • Lake Gairdner National Park

    The vast whiteness of Lake Gairdner rests in the foothills on the northern side of the Gawler Ranges. This is one of the largest salt lakes...more

Nearby towns

  • Port Pirie

    Industry in its splendour greets the visitor at this major industrial and commercial centre. The oil tanks, grain silos and 250-metre-high...more

  • Melrose

    Melrose, a quiet settlement at the foot of Mount Remarkable, is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges. Indigenous groups who occupied the...more

  • Port Augusta

    Port Augusta is the most northerly port in South Australia. The difficulty of land transportation in the 1800s prompted the town's...more

In Town

Maritime Museum The central attraction is HMAS Whyalla, a 650-tonne corvette, the largest permanently land-locked ship in Australia. Read More

Mt Laura Homestead Museum: National Trust museum featuring the original homestead with progressive city-history displays, period furnishings in the 1914 Gay St Cottage, and the Telecommunications Museum; (08) 8645 7644; open 10am–12pm Mon–Fri, 2–4pm Sun; Ekblom St.

Tanderra Craft Village: art and craft shops, market and tearooms; open 10am–4pm last weekend each month; next to Maritime Museum; (08) 8644 0105.

Whyalla Wetlands: park and wetlands area with walking trails and a picnic/barbecue area; Lincoln Hwy.

Foreshore and marina: safe beach, jetty for recreational fishing, picnic/barbecue area, access to Ada Ryan Gardens, and a marina with boatlaunching facilities.

Ada Ryan Gardens: mini-zoo with picnic facilities under shady trees; Cudmore Tce.

Murray Cod Tour: see a fully operational inland freshwater aquaculture venture, and learn about recycling water and the various growth stages of the Murray cod. Closed footwear required; book at visitor centre.

Steelworks Tour: 2 hr guided tour explains steelmaking process; departs 9.30am Mon, Wed and Fri; book at visitor centre.

Hummock Hill Lookout: views of city, gulf, steel works and coast from WW II observation post; Queen Elizabeth Dr.

Flinders and Freycinet Lookout: Farrel St; Whyalla Visitor Guide from visitor centre; (08) 8648 0048.


Whyalla Conservation Park: 30 min walking trail through typical semi-arid flora and over Wild Dog Hill; 10 km N off Lincoln Hwy.

Port Bonython and Point Lowly: this area of coast offers beautiful views of Spencer Gulf, fishing from rocks, and dolphin sightings. Lowly Beach is a popular swimming beach and the Freycinet Trail is a scenic drive from just before Port Bonython along Fitzgerald Bay to Point Douglas (parts are gravel); 34 km E.

Iron Knob: a mining town with museum and mine lookout tours (depart from the museum at 10am and 2pm Mon–Fri); (08) 8646 2129; 53 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Whyalla 3 km

Whyalla is snapper central for anglers. Every Easter the Australian Snapper Championships are based here and the top ten snapper weighed in are always over 10 kg. As you would expect with a destination where fishing is... Find out more

Point Lowly 21 km

The Point Lowly lighthouse marks the southern extremity of Fitzgerald Bay. Near the lighthouse is a small community of shacks. These lighthouse cottages are cared for by the Uniting Church, and are available for hire. It... Find out more

Fitzgerald Bay 23 km

Snapper fishing has a language all of its own. In Queensland and NSW, anglers talk about small snapper as ‘squire’. In Victoria, small snapper are ‘pinkies’; in SA, they are known as... Find out more

Port Broughton 69 km

Port Broughton is a favourite destination for anglers wanting to fish from charter boats. The boat ramp in the sheltered harbour is next to a small pier complex and is popular for small fish including salmon, Tommy ruff,... Find out more

Wallaroo 98 km

The small SA seaport of Wallaroo, north of Moonta, offers an excellent base for anglers wanting to catch big snapper, King George whiting, Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish. Many of the reef systems are close to... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden 63 km

Located at Port Augusta West (at the head of Spencer Gulf) and spread over 200 hectares, this centre showcases the Australian arid landscapes and their vegetation. There are 12 kilometres of walking tracks, guided tours... Find out more

Campsites around town

Fitzgerald Bay camping area 21 km

A series of designated camping spots – some with toilets – can be found scattered along the shores of the bay for self-sufficient campers, 32 km north-east of Whyalla. Ocean views and beach access for... Find out more

Munyaroo camping area (bush camping) 45 km

The road to the camping area is signposted from the Lincoln Hwy, 44 km south of Whyalla. Bush camping here is for self-sufficient campers only, so bring everything with you.... Find out more

Mambray Creek Campground 49 km

The park’s largest and most accessible campground is in a classic creek and river red gum setting. It offers a full range of facilities and ready access to the walking tracks heading east. Signposted access is off... Find out more

Sugar Gum Dam camping area (bush camping) 52 km

Secluded small sites are set in this walk-in area among high woodland on the Black Range Trek, 11 km east of Mambray Creek. A permit is required from the self-registration station, and the site is gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Stringers camping area (bush camping) 52 km

This walk-in camp is high on The Battery in the west of the park, 2 km north of the Hidden Gorge Hike. This site is gas/fuel stove only; pick up a permit from the self-registration station. Bring drinking water.... Find out more

Bush camping areas (walk-in camping) 52 km

Remote areas of the park are available for experienced, self-sufficient bushwalkers to use as walk-in campsites. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove. A permit is required.... Find out more

Telowie Gorge camping area 52 km

Basic facilities are provided at this camping area, 27 km north of Port Pirie from the Princes Hwy. Come equipped with wood, water and a permit.... Find out more

Hidden Camp (bush camping) 54 km

This sheltered walk-in site is close to the dramatic ravine of Hidden Gorge, 8 km on foot north of Mambray Creek. The site is gas/fuel stove only, and a permit is required from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Fricks Dam camping area (bush camping) 54 km

This elevated walk-in site is close to The Battery, with valley views. On Fricks Track, it is 10 km north of Mambray Creek. A permit is required from the self-registration station and you need to bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Kingfisher Flat camping area (bush camping) 55 km

Delightful woodland walk-in camping is offered close to Alligator Creek. The facilities and ease of access make this a popular base for day walks to surrounding highlights. Situated 4 km south of the Alligator Gorge... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Whyalla Foreshore 2 km

This large park close to town has most amenities for tourists. Bookings are required at Easter.... Find out more

Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park 46 km

This beachfront caravan park is just 1.5 km from the town centre and offers a range of facilities to suit most travellers. Nicely angled drive-through sites, clean amenities and friendly staff make this our pick of the... Find out more

Nuttbush Retreat Caravan Park 47 km

This park adjoins the huge Pandurra sheep and cattle station, 40 km south-west of Port Augusta on the Eyre Highway. The park has very good facilities, including a licensed bar and restaurant.... Find out more

Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park 64 km

With very good facilities, this park is strategically based at the junction of the Eyre, Princes and Stuart highways. It can get quite busy here, even in the low season. The park is about 1.5 km from the town centre.... Find out more

Shoreline Caravan Park 65 km

This park has good facilities in a quiet, off-the-highway location. It has sea frontage and views of the Flinders Ranges. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 69 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Port Broughton Caravan Park 72 km

A large park on the waterfront at the small town of Port Broughton, this is ideal for a quiet break or for fishing and crabbing. Bookings are required in peak periods, and a minimum-length stay period applies at Easter... Find out more

Cowell Foreshore Caravan Park and Holiday Units 94 km

Located on the foreshore at the end of the main street, this park is ideally situated for those who enjoy walking everywhere. Fresh Cowell oysters are on sale at reception. Bookings are required from January to April,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Point Lowly camping area 21 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

Near the foreshore 23km east of the highway via Port Bonython Rd.

Fitzgerald Bay camping area 21 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

On the foreshore 24km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Port Bonython and Point Douglas rds.

Mount Whyalla rest area 34 km

11km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 36km N of Whyalla (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Granite Hill rest area 42 km

48km SW of Whyalla (L) or 59km NE of Cowell (R)

Just off the highway.

Port Germein South rest area 44 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.

Mambray Creek rest area 44 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (L)

Under trees on both sides of the highway.

Tank Hill Rest Area 46 km

126 km NE of Kimba (R) or 30 km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Large secluded area just off the highway in the scrub. Limited shade.

Information Bay rest area 46 km

130km NE of Kimba (R) or 26km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Mambray Creek camping area 49 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (R)

At the base of some ranges 5km east of the highway in Mt Remarkable National Park.

Knobbies camping area 51 km

At Iron Knob

Among a few small trees on the edge of town. Donation requested.

Warnertown rest area 56 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.

Hancocks Lookout rest area 56 km

T/O 18km SE of Princes Hwy (R) or 4km W of Wilmington (L)

At the lookout 7km (unsealed) south of the highway.

Ippinitchie camping area 62 km

T/O at Wirrabara

In the forest 8km (partly unsealed) west of Wirrabara in Wirrabara Forest Reserve.

Murray Town camping area 64 km

At Murray Town

Large area just off the highway. In the middle of town. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Willochra Creek rest area 65 km

17km S of Wilmington (R) or 3km N of Melrose (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Wilmington park area 66 km

At Wilmington

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Laura park area 71 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Lake Giles rest area 74 km

36km NE of Kimba (R) or 119km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded in the scrub behind the truck bay.

Gladstone park area 78 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Georgetown park area 85 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Tent Hill rest area 88 km

36km N of Port Augusta (R) or 137km S of Pimba (L)

Just off the highway and surrounded by scrub.

Cowell park area 94 km

At Cowell

On the foreshore at the end of the main street through town.

Snowtown North rest area 99 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

What's on around town

Australian Snapper Championship: Easter.

Show: family activities, rides and stalls; Aug.

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