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Top Things to See and Do in Whyalla

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Published September 17th 2022
The gateway to Eyre Peninsula
Top Things to See and Do in Whyalla

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Known as the gateway to the Eyre Peninsula, Whyalla is the region's biggest town and home to the giant Australian cuttlefish. These colourful creatures gather along the town's northern coastline each winter to breed. Of course, snorkelling with them is not to be missed but what else is there to do in Whyalla at other times of the year? Well, here are some of the top things for you to consider besides that underwater experience.

Jetty



Whyalla's unique circular jetty stands as an unmistakable feature of the historic seaside town. Opened in September 2020, the jetty is supported by 102 pylons and made of pre-cast concrete slabs, steel mesh and brushed steel balustrade. Three shelters, as well as plenty of seating, have been installed along the 165-metre-long and 4.5-metre-wide structure.

whyalla jetty shelter
One of the shelters


Steelworks

Steelworks whyalla
Steelworks


Whyalla Steelworks supplied all of the jetty's steel except for its pylons. As a fully integrated operation, the steelworks play a significant role in our nation's production of finished steel products. Tours of the steelworks site are conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday except on public holidays. On the tour, you will be introduced to the blast furnace, coke ovens, reed beds and so on.

Public art

Cuttlefish Craig
Cuttlefish Craig


Public art can be found in various locations throughout Whyalla. Cuttlefish Craig at the jetty is one of the latest addition to the town's cuttlefish art trail. Other pieces include the diver sculpture by Yvonne Dorward, the creative thong cuttlefish and the Indigenous cuttlefish mural.

diver sculpture
Diver sculpture


Lookout

whyalla steelworks
View of steelworks


Hummock Hill Lookout offers exceptional views of Whyalla and its steelworks, foreshore and marina. You might also be able to see the Point Lowly Lighthouse on a clear day.

whyalla foreshore
View of foreshore


Besides viewing platforms and picnic areas, I was surprised to find a restored wartime gun at the lookout. My curiosity led me to signage which explains that Hummock Hill served as a battery during World War II. Four guns were installed on top of the hill. In 1986, BHP developed the lookout utilising the old gun emplacements and presented it to the people for public use.

restored wartime gun
Restored wartime gun


Lighthouse

Point Lowly lighthouse
Lighthouse


A 30-minute drive from town will bring you to Point Lowly where a heritage-listed lighthouse and its two keeper's cottages still stand today. The lighthouse was crucial to those navigating around the point in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

keeper's cottages point lowly
Keeper's cottages


Hiking trail

Freycinet Trail
One of the interpretive signs


Last but not least, the Freycinet Trail would be of interest to experienced hikers. Its pristine dunes, bushland, coastal road and gulf views are simply spectacular. Starting at the tidal creek, you'll follow the Fitzgerald Bay coastline for 12 kilometres to the lighthouse. Fifteen interpretive signs can be found along the way detailing both heritage and nature.
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Your Comment
An informative article Audrey. I saw something on TV about the giant cuttlefish. What amazing creatures they are.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9742) 10 days ago
Lots of great options here for a beautiful part of the world
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5378) 10 days ago
Very informative article Audrey. It's 57 years since my one and only visit to Whyalla. I must be due for a return visit.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4373) 9 days ago
This article has changed my perspective on Whyalla. I've always tot it's a dead town with nothing to see, obviously I'm wrong.
by mytsl (score: 1|62) 6 days ago
Always like Whyalla. Nice holiday town in Eyre Peninsula.
by Bev (score: 1|97) 10 hours ago
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