Opened in September 2020, Whyalla Jetty is the only one of its kind in South Australia. Its unique circular design was chosen by the community after extensive consultation. Five design options were considered but having a circle in the jetty became the point of difference. The shape was extremely popular and today this new jetty stands as an unmistakable feature along the town's foreshore.
Supported by 102 pylons, the jetty is made of pre-cast concrete slabs, steel mesh and brushed steel balustrade. It has been built to last 80 years. All the steel, except for the pylons, came from a local supplier. Whyalla Steelworks can be seen from the jetty and, if you're interested, there's a tour that you could do of the steelworks site. Departing from the visitor information centre, the tour will take you around the site introducing you to the blast furnace, coke ovens, reed beds and so on. You can read more about my experience here.
The jetty is 165 metres long and 4.5 metres wide. Its circular loop adds another 150 metres to the overall length. There are three shelters along the jetty as well as plenty of seating. Disabled access has been catered for too. People in wheelchairs can fish from six dedicated locations with sliding sleeves on the handrails.
One of the sliding sleeves on handrails
An unusual sculpture has been installed at the jetty in addition to the many other public art pieces around town. Do check out this article about the cuttlefish art trail. Created by artist Karen Carr and the community, Cuttlefish Craig pays homage to the Australian Giant Cuttlefish. These amazing creatures arrive along the town's northern coastline each year to spawn. From June to August, you are welcome to snorkel with the cuttlefish at nearby Stony Point. An interpretive platform and a pathway leading to the water have been established to enable access.
Whyalla is approximately 390 kilometres from Adelaide and its jetty can be reached via Cudmore Terrace once you're in town. Parking is available along Buttlingarra Way. Or, if you prefer, you could head to Hummock Hill Lookout for a view of the jetty from above.