I went to Australia seeking the true Australian experience. I didn't want to deal with the big city life of Sydney or Melbourne so I opted for a more quaint setting. My search led me to Whyalla which is a small seaport town in South Australia. Even though Whyalla isn't a grand city it does have things to offer when it comes to tourism. Here I'll show you what to do in Whyalla with my list of the top 5 tourist destinations.
Ada Ryan Gardens
The Ada Ryan Gardens are symbolic of Whyalla as a whole. The grounds are simple and peaceful and they leave one feeling rejuvenated. Also, I was happy to find plenty of shade for lounging along the manicured lawns. I even hung my hammock between a couple of palm trees in a secluded area. If you are a fan of plant life you'll love the huge variety of flora which provides the perfect backdrop for photos. The park also has a serene view into the sea whenever you want to get lost in the horizon. Ada Ryan Gardens is a great place to unwind or have a picnic when you are passing through Whyalla.
Whyalla Maritime Museum
Plate from the vessel P.J.Adams / Source: Danimations via Wikimedia Commons
As a huge museum fan I consider the Whyalla Maritime Museum to be the best stop on my trip. Passing through this museum is like re-living Whyalla's past. The site provides tons of interesting information about the famous Whyalla shipyards and their role in World War II. You can board the HMAS Whyalla (the first ship built on site) which served in WW II as a minesweeper. Museum goers can even watch a short movie showing how the HMAS Whyalla was dry-docked at its current location. The museum may sound like an adult activity but I actually saw many children there enjoying the experience. A trip to Whyalla wouldn't be complete without spending a couple hours at this museum.
OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks
You can see the steelworks in this shot of the town / Source: Wikimedia Commons
Another one of the well-traveled Whyalla tourist attractions is the Whyalla Steelworks site. A bus tour gives you an up close and personal view of the steel-making process. The tour lasts a couple of hours and you are bound to the bus for most of the time. However, there are a few stops along the way so you can stretch your legs. Most people probably think steel-working is boring, but it is awesome to see the red-hot coke flowing from the structure. It is equally exciting to see actual steel bars rolled in perfect form. One thing is for sure, once I finished with this piece of Whyalla tourism I felt a lot more knowledgeable about the steel industry.
Whyalla Conservation Park
The Whyalla Conservation Park is the best place to see the rugged outback of Australia. This park is a combination of ancient trees, indigenous wildlife and sandstone outcrops. The park's most famous feature is Wild Dog Hill which is a rugged, reddish-brown mountain with a jagged profile. I spent about a half hour hiking up to the summit of the mountain and was astonished to find a clear view of the entire park. I would suggest checking out the top of Wild Dog Hill around sunset because the light shimmers beautifully across the red-stone surroundings. Kangaroos and a wide variety of birds can also be found in the Furthermore, there are an endless number of ancient trees which provide great opportunities for photos. This park should be at the top of the list for Whyalla attractions.
When looking for things to do in Whyalla consider visiting Point Lowly. The area lies on a peninsula in the upper north-eastern area along the Spencer Gulf. It is a happening spot for camping and sightseeing. I visited the iconic Point Lowly lighthouse which stands proudly along the shoreline donned in an alabaster white color. You can actually rent a bed in the lighthouse's cottage if you plan on spending some time in Point Lowly.
The surroundings of deep blue sea and fresh, green vegetation make this point of interest in Whyalla travel an invigorating experience. During winter you can dive with the Australian Cuttlefish as they migrate into the area. If walks along the shore and exhilarating scenery are your thing you'll want to move this Whyalla tourist attraction to the top of your list.
See Whyalla For Yourself!
Whyalla deserves to be on anyone's itinerary when visiting Australia. Whyalla has lots of things to do if you know where to look. Hopefully, my list will give you a solid start on experiencing all Whyalla has to offer. Getting everything ticked off the list requires a lot of running around, so I recommend using carhirewhyalla.net.au to locate a rental close to your accommodation. As I sum up my experience there I am sure there are even more places that deserve attention. Whyalla is the place to go if you want to get in touch with nature and feel a sense of rejuvenation.