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Wallaroo's New Sea Swimming Enclosure

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Published February 6th 2017
Swimming Jetty replaced by Pontoons at Wallaroo
After Wild Storms in September 2016 damaged the swimming jetty beyond repair - and then came back to do yet further damage in case there was any doubt about it - the District Council of the Copper Coast decided to manufacture a new sea swimming enclosure at Wallaroo. The dangerous remnants of the destroyed 100 year old jetty were removed. Damage to the main jetty was repaired while access was closed for some weeks.

jetty, storm damage, Wallaroo, September 30 2016
Wallaroo Swimming Jetty Destroyed in storm, September 30th 2016

Near the jetty, in front of the relatively new Cafe Mia, the council has been busy installing components of the new Sea Swimming Enclosure, which has been finished just in the past week, as reported in the Yorke Peninsula Country Times.

The new swimming enclosure is the latest in the waterfront improvements, going in just as the school holidays have finished, in January-February 2017.

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A ship in port, Wallaroo Jetty, during construction of the new swimming enclosure, January 28th 2017

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Installation of the swimming enclosure has begun, January 28th 2017

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The Wallaroo Bobbers enjoy the new swimming enclosure, finished or not, Jan 28th 2017

A group of keen locals gather just on sunrise every morning to enjoy the water, making good use of the new Wallaroo bay sea swimming enclosure.

Cafe Mia, overlooking the swimming enclosure, was built in recent years to replace the out-dated kiosk that had stood on the prime waterfront location for decades past, as part of the council's efforts to up-date and improve the Wallaroo waterfront.

Wallaroo foreshore, Cafe Mia, waterfront
Wallaroo foreshore up-grade, view to Cafe Mia, jetties in the background before the swimming jetty was destroyed

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Toucan sailing Wallaroo bay with Cafe Mia in the background, November 30th 2013

Another component of the waterfront improvement was the complete up-grade of the Wallaroo Sailing Club building, which utilized much of the old building while completely revamping and extending the facility. The club is available for hire for functions and is popular for wedding receptions, with the spectacular views of the bay and magnificent sunsets over the water.

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Wallaroo's new sailing club, January 19th 2014

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Sunset over Wallaroo Jetty

Often dolphins enjoy the quiet waters of the bay and can be seen close up from the shore, from the small observation decks along the waterfront, from the jetty, and from boats, as they circle, fishing, feeding. You have to be a bit quicker than me to get a good photo though!

dolphin, water, ocean, Spencer Gulf
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Where: Wallaroo, Spencer Gulf, South Australia
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