Wallaroo

Jetty, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 3050

Vast grain silos greet visitors to Wallaroo, a coastal town and shipping port on the west coast of Yorke Peninsula. The town is an interesting mix of tourism and industry. The safe beaches and excellent fishing prove popular with holiday-makers, while the commercial port controls exports of barley and wheat. Wallaroo exists thanks to a lucky shepherd's discovery of copper in 1859. Vast deposits were uncovered and soon thousands of Cornish miners arrived. The area boomed until the 1920s, when copper prices dropped and the industry slowly died out. Wallaroo's buildings and old Cornish-style cottages are a reminder of its colourful past. Wallaroo and nearby towns Moonta and Kadina are part of the 'Copper Coast' or 'Little Cornwall'.

Visitor Information

The Farm Shed Museum and Tourist Centre, 50 Moonta Rd, Kadina; (08) 8821 2333 or 1800 654 991

www.yorkepeninsula.com.au

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Kadina

    Kadina exists solely as a result of the digging habits of wombats. In 1860 upturned ground from wombat diggings revealed copper. This was...more

  • Moonta

    The towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo form the 'Copper Coast' or 'Little Cornwall', so called because of abundant copper finds and the...more

  • Port Broughton

    This Yorke Peninsula holiday town has a quiet coastal feel in winter and bustles with sun-seeking holiday-makers in summer. Set on a quiet...more

In Town

Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum This National Trust museum in Wallaroo's original 1865 post office features shipwreck displays, maps, charts, model ships and records, as well as local cultural and religious history. Meet George, the unlucky giant squid eaten then recovered from a whale's belly 30 years ago. Open 10.30am–4pm Mon–Fri, 2–4pm Sat–Sun; Jetty Rd; (08) 8823 3015.

Yorke Peninsula Railway: historical diesel-train journey from Wallaroo to Bute; runs 2nd Sun each month and school holidays; contact visitor centre for details.

Ausbulk: informative drive through grain-handling facility; Lydia Tce.

Boat hire and charters: for the ultimate gulf-fishing experience.

Self-guided historical walk: highlight is the 1865 Hughes chimney stack, which contains over 300 000 bricks and measures more than 7 sq m at its base; brochure available from museum or town hall.

Nearby

Bird Island: crabbing; 10 km S.

Travellers note: To avoid the extra driving distance to the Eyre Peninsula, Sea SA runs a ferry service between Wallaroo and Lucky Bay 4 times a day on weekdays, and twice a day on weekends. Bookings (08) 8823 0777.

Fishing spots near town

Wallaroo 2 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


Port Broughton 48 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


Ardrossan 61 km

Located on the east side of the Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is bountiful water just 150 km west of Adelaide, so is a popular weekend fishing destination. Looking out on the long pier at Ardrossan, it’s striking how... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Boatshed Restaurant

Perched right by the jetty, this is an inviting spot to take in views of the historic port and some of the best seafood on the Yorke Peninsula. Even though the kitchen turns out excellent pizza from its wood-fired oven,... Find out more


Campsites around town

The Gap camping area 35 km

Several beachfront sites huddle among the dunes here, on the remote north-west coast. The water is easy to access – including for boat launching – and the long, dazzling stretch of beach to the north is... Find out more


The Bamboos camping area 37 km

There’s a varied coastline to discover here - rocky headlands, seagrass shallows, and white sand beaches. The camping is behind the dunes, 12 km north of Balgowan.... Find out more


Tiparra Rocks camping area 41 km

This is the first of 3 coastal-reserve camping areas, 4 km north of the seaside settlement of Balgowan. A crust of vivid red cliffs marks the edge of the peninsula south of this site. You’ll find lots of solitude... Find out more


Port Arthur Roadside Rest Area 47 km

A shady, no-frills stop for weary travellers at the head of Gulf St Vincent, the rest area is close to mangrove flats where you might see wading birds at low tide. It’s just off the Port Wakefield–Yorketown... Find out more


Maitland Overnight Camping Bay 49 km

This small overnight caravan stop in the centrally located town of Maitland is just opposite the hospital at the northern end of Robert St.... Find out more


Franklin Harbour camping area (bush camping) 67 km

Camping for self-sufficient campers is reached by 4WD via Wellington Rd. Bring your own everything.... Find out more


Redhill Recreation Ground 71 km

This overnight highway stop on the outskirts of the small farming town of Redhill is 50 km south of Port Pirie. It’s just off the Princes Hwy along an access road to the west of the train line.... Find out more


Munyaroo camping area (bush camping) 71 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


Wauraltee Beach camping area 74 km

Go camping beside the wild sprawl of beach south of Port Victoria, a low-key fishing and swimming destination with large areas of coastal reserve to wander. The camping area is on the peninsula’s western flanks, 17... Find out more


The Knob camping area 74 km

This popular fishing and swimming haunt is just 13 km south of Cowell and its oyster farms in Franklin Harbour, where the beach is a sheltered curve of sand bounded by rock flats and a low headland called the Knob.... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Port Broughton Caravan Park 46 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 71 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


Crystal Brook Caravan Park 84 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


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

The Cornucopia Hotel

This majestic two-storey hotel dates back to the town’s mining and maritime heyday. Nowadays, it offers updated accommodation with a choice of single, twin and double rooms with queen-sized beds and shared bathroom... Find out more


Tipara

The marvellous beachfront location here is matched by a breathtaking abode. With engaging dune and water views from every room, Tipara achieves an effortless rapport with its environs very few houses can match. As well... Find out more


Top Deck Cliff House

A prominent verandah gable gives this elevated family house a striking shoreline presence. Despite its cliff-top setting, the property is safely fenced and has a private and secure stairway to the beach. Designed as a... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Lake Lochiel rest area 49 km

82km S of Warnertown (L) or 33km N of Port Wakefield (R)

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.


Snowtown North rest area 57 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.


Inkerman North rest area 66 km

12km S of Port Wakefield (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.


Inkerman South rest area 69 km

22km N of Dublin (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.


Cowell park area 70 km

At Cowell

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


Port Gibbon camping area 78 km

T/O 23km SW of Cowell (L) or 21km NE of Arno Bay (R)

On the foreshore 6km (unsealed) east of the highway via Port Gibbon Rd.


Granite Hill rest area 84 km

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

Just off the highway.


Arno North rest area 87 km

28km SW of Cowell (R) or 16km NE of Arno Bay (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


What's on around town

Kernewek Lowender: Cornish festival held in conjunction with Moonta and Kadina; odd-numbered years, May.

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