Where To Eat In Wallaroo

Where To Eat In Wallaroo


Posted 2023-09-04 by Steven Gfollow
Nestled on the Yorke Peninsula coast of the Spencer Gulf, Wallaroo is one of three towns that make up South Australia’s Copper Coast. It is a reasonably sized town with a few places to stay, the place from where the ferry that goes across the Gulf departs, and there are some really good ruins from the old copper mining days for history buffs. Only two hours from Adelaide, it is worth a day trip or an overnight stay.

But that brings us to the point of this column: You’re in Wallaroo, so where do you eat?

I have not eaten everywhere in Wallaroo, but I have eaten at a lot of places, and these are my favourite six for you to choose from.

I will say this for all of them: the staff are wonderful. I have not come across bad staff at any of these six places. They seem to care, have smiles for everyone, and are easy to chat to. I also got to speak with the owners of all six, and they are keen to promote their town and community. Well, if they keep this level of customer service up, then they are well on their way to doing just that.

(All pictures are by me.)


Open 7 days from 9am to 4:30pm, this is a small café on the cusp of industrial and residential zones, away from the centre of town. They have a full menu and it is worth going there for a decent lunch. But the thing that makes this stand out for me, personally, is that they are also a second—hand book store! Books, board games and food… plus classes and artwork and a lot of other stuff. It is almost a community hub of the area. But… books!
Recommended: They have some fine food, for sure, but you need to try their homemade slices… especially the Fruchocs slice! Oh. My. God. So good!
Address: 48 Evans Rd, Wallaroo


Every town needs a good fish and chips shop, and yet so many are closing down. Well, thankfully, Wallaroo has a great one. They have a wide menu – a very wide menu – and are open seven days for lunch and dinner and times in between. There are a lot of choices on the menu, and the prices are very good. For a quick bite or a full meal to take down to the foreshore and enjoy as a family, it is ideal. I will say I am slowly working my way through the menu, and have yet to be disappointed.
Recommended: The steak sandwich with the lot (or the hamburger with the lot if you decide to go that way). Large enough to fill me and I didn’t need extra chips.
Address: Shops 4 & 5, 50 Hughes St, Wallaroo


The first of two hotels on this list, the Prince Edward was actually the first place in Wallaroo I ate at. The dining room set up makes it feel a little more formal, but the food is amazing. I have been back a few times since, and had a good feed each time. Open seven days and the dining room is roomy. I would also like to point out that they have live music on Sundays and I have been there to listen a few times, and the owner really knows how to choose some good music. Well worth the visit for that, really!
Recommended: The last meal I had there was the Chicken Mignon, so I am going to recommend that one without hesitation.
Address: 32 Hughes St, Wallaroo


A bakery. And not just any bakery, one of the very best I have been to anywhere. The one in Ardrossan is good, yes, but I really do like this one. With a wide selection of savoury pies and the like, plus a huge amount of sweets and breads, I have seen people stuck for a long time trying to decide what to have. They also do fresh coffees and you can eat on site or take away. They have different opening times in winter and summer; at the moment, they are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, and Saturday 9am to 2pm.
Recommended: I love their Ned Kelly pie, but the BBQ Meatlovers pie is also incredible and they do fantastic donuts.
Address: 5 Jetty Road, Wallaroo


Now we come to one of those Pizza Places that also serves a variety of other foods. There is an expansive menu and, much like the Bakehouse, I have seen people struggle to work out what to get… In fact, I have been one of those people. I have tried quite a few different things on the menu, but there is something I do keep going back to. And, again, I have yet to find something I have not liked. Open 7 days a week, 10am to 8pm.
Recommended: While their Yiros is amazing, I always go back to their G’s Special Pizza. Oh, and if you’re looking for pasta, try the carbonara.
Address: Shop 2, 4 Owen Terrace, Wallaroo

The dining room of the hotel, taken in the morning

Okay, I have written about this hotel before at length , and it still stands – it is a great place. They are a really good casual dining pub, with the dining room open seven days from 12pm to 2pm and 5:30pm to 8:00 p.m. The staff are really wonderful and the salad and vegetable bars add that touch of something extra. There are daily specials that can be really good for those on a budget. I have eaten here more than anywhere else in town, so that should tell you something.
Recommended: I would have said the schnitzel (and did in my last column), but I think I would recommend the salt and pepper squid at this time as something a little different.
Address: 49 Owen Terrace, Wallaroo

And there we are – half a dozen places to eat in Wallaroo. You cannot go wrong with any of them, truth be told. Nor with visiting the town. Stay for a day, a weekend, a week, a month. It is well worth your time. Also, if you’re in Moonta or Kadina, Wallaroo is not that far away.



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