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Published February 7th 2017
Take a walk though Wallaroo now
If you haven't been to Wallaroo for a while, you may have missed some changes in recent years. The centre of town has been redeveloped. Gone are the old croquet and bowling greens in the main street. The old Foodland store on Hughes Street has closed. Let me walk you through town...
A walkway or mobility scooter pathway through town provides smooth-going with a minimum of dealing with traffic. Commencing at Mays Crossing (in front of the Old Foodland site on Hughes St), the pathway cuts through what we might generously call the parklands, running beside a storm-water aqua-duct. Flag poles reminding us of ANZAC Day fly perpetually along this stretch of the pathway.
There is a road to cross when you reach the Town Hall. The pathway continues, running between the aqua-duct and the exciting new children's playground. I'm assured kids love this playground.
The pathway then cuts between the New Foodland shopping complex and the Wallaroo branch of the District Council of the Copper Coast Library which inhabits the former Railway Station building. (Have I lost you yet?) The former railway sheds and railway line, etc, have been removed.
Foodland car park, with old railway lines in the foreground
A lawned area with covered BBQ facilities has been established beside the Library, complete with doggie-bag dispensers. The walkway goes on to meet Wildman Street near the new Jetty Road roundabout. A small stretch then cuts across a barren corner and meets Jetty Road. Across Jetty Road is a park with a re-imagined wooden fishing boat picnic area. The Cutter Canberra was cut apart and assembled into a picnic shelter and seating.
Further along, the pathway as it slopes toward Heritage Drive is a remnant of a siding dating from the original smelters (1800s), a more conventional lawned picnic and covered BBQ area, and some modern art.
There is, of course, the ubiquitous Chimney Stack remaining from the original smelters. Information boards tell you what you're looking at, at these historic sites.
Crossing Heritage Drive, our walkway tour of What's New in Wallaroo terminates at the foreshore. Here we could turn right to visit the renewed and refreshed Wallaroo Sailing Club overlooking the Sailing Club beach. The Sailing Club is available for function hire, providing romantic sunset over the ocean views.
Or we could cross Heritage Drive to the terminal for the Sea Star. Wallaroo to Lucky Bay ferry service, Sea SA, has provided interrupted service at best over a number of years. The latest ferry to be assigned this run, Sea Star, is in Wallaroo and operating regular Spencer Gulf Crossings at present.
There's more! The new Community Sports Club at the Golf Course on Cornish Tce is home to Indoor Bowling and Croquet. The Copper Cove Marina development, housing, hotel, dining, accommodation. Buildings in prime locations that had stood empty have been bought and renovated and operate successfully, including backpacker and group accommodation on the corner of Wildman St and John Tce.
I have been going to Wallaroo since the late 1940's and stayed at the Globe Hotel,now the Weeroona..near the Railway Station.Cafe Mia is an ideal spot to have a light meal..there is fish and calamari on the menu,with indoor and outdoor seating looking over the jetty and new pontooned swimming enclosure..open ,but yet to be completed.North Beach has developed from a shack holiday home area to major home area, next to the large marina and ferry and multistoried hotel.This town,once the headquarters of a huge copper smelting complex is now realizing it's full potential as a top tourist destination.A top place for a vacation,with Kadina just a few minutes away as well a Moonta...a town that was once the heart of copper mining on a huge scale for 60 years and now the home of a Cornish Festival ,which will be coming up again in May of this year.Liked your photos and detailed information.