Whyalla is all shades of wonderful — here’s where to start.
Just four hours from Adelaide along the coast of the Eyre Peninsula, you’ll find Whyalla. If you’re picturing a sleepy, quaint seaside town, we’ve got news! It’s the fourth most populated city in South Australia, and it’s overflowing with beautiful attractions for travellers to explore.
The naturescapes and wildlife are second to none, the locals are salt of the earth, and the beaches make it a delightful getaway destination. If you’re new to the area, here are a few great spots to explore at your leisure…
The one of a kind jetty
Part of the allure of the Whyalla foreshore is its unique circular jetty — a design that was chosen by the local community. The huge 315-metre long loop is a great place to wander and take in the beauty of the beach. Even better, the jetty has six locations for children or people with a disability to safely fish from, making it accessible to everyone.
At night, the lights in the jetty handrail create a delightful ambience and show off the jetty’s beautiful shape after dark — making it the perfect spot to wrap up a summer evening in Whyalla.
There’s something about being near the ocean that gets the hunger pangs firing! The brand new Seaview Café serves up all the best beachside eats, including fish and chips, big brekkies, milkshakes, ice creams and slushies. It’s an idyllic spot to sit and take in the views, or grab your food to go and enjoy it on the sand or vast lawn areas.
If you’re just passing through, you may even make use of the super handy, solar-powered charging station right outside the Seaview Café. It’s a free and ultra handy addition to the area, and the perfect shady spot to sit with a fantastic view while you charge up your phone or get some work done on your laptop.
The perfectly positioned Visitor Pod
With visitors heading to the foreshore as word of the wonderful Whyalla gets out, it makes perfect sense that the Visitor Pod would be placed front and centre! This new addition to the foreshore offers tourists plenty of info on the area, as well as art, keepsakes, merchandise and more.
As with most things in Whyalla, the Visitor Pod has been made with plenty of heart, using recycled and repurposed materials that were previously used to build the Adelaide 500 corporate boxes. We love an eco-conscious town!
The weekend place to be, O Kipos
O Kipos is a Whyalla gem when the weekend rolls around. During the day, you can stop in for a coffee and check out the fresh fruit market, filled with locally grown produce. When night falls, O Kipos transforms into a funky bar with live music, grilled meats and veg, and delectable tasting platters. What an all-rounder!
The history-filled library
This building may look modern from the outside, but inside, a world of local history awaits! Whyalla has such a rich past that it’s an important stop for visitors. In the heat of summer, head into this air conditioned safe haven, grab a coffee and turn back time in the local history room. Visitors can also make use of the internet access, borrow DVDs or a book to read beachside, and even hold workshops or meetings.
The heart of Whyalla
Each year, visitors love to relax, explore, fish and swim along the Whyalla foreshore. The beach is safe and protected, with beautiful white sand to lie on and clear water for the perfect dip. If you’re a keen fisher, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are plenty of fish in the sea (literally), as well as blue swimmer crabs that you can pluck straight out of the ocean at low tide.