Australia is a mecca of nature, entertainment and intrigue for millions of tourists each year. Whyalla, the third most populous city in South Australia behind Adelaide and Mount Gambler, is a seaport that provides visitors with a dynamic blend of history, nature and South Australian heritage. The "Steel City", nicknamed due to its shipworking past and integrated steel works today, has been overlooked by tourists in the past despite its large size and multiple attractions. The larger commercial cities naturally tend to receive the most visitors, but Whyalla is an enticing and somewhat hidden gem in South Australia that definitely deserves a visit. Read on to find out what you can plan to do if you take a trip to the Steel City.
Whyalla's history and heritage, combined with its nature, make for an entertaining and peaceful getaway that is unhindered by overcrowded accommodations and attractions or exorbitantly priced goods. Whether you want to explore the city of roughly 318,000's history or take advantage of the outdoor opportunities, Whyalla has something to make your trip exactly what you've been dreaming of.
Your accommodations can make or break your vacation, so choosing a place that will provide you with comfort and convenience at an affordable rate is a must. Whyalla offers various options to its visitors, from camping in a beachfront nature park to a clean, comfy air-conditioned hotel.
Camping in Whyalla
Whyalla has various camping sites and caravan parks that will allow you to stay in the city at an almost unbeatable low rate and get in touch with some of the nature it has to offer. Discovery Holiday Park Whyalla Foreshore is a member of Top Tourist Parks and the SA Caravan Parks Association. Rest and relaxation are only bonuses to a stay at the park, which offers beachfront views, swimming, fishing, crabbing and is within walking distance to a marina boat ramp. Economy cabins to luxury deluxe cabins with TV are available, so guests of any budget are welcome to come and enjoy the free BBQs, laundry service, playgroud, jumping pillow and bicycle & DVD rentals. An Internet kisok and wireless access as well as separate children's bathroom and a disabled bathroom and cabin are just some of the efforts made by the park's staff to ensure everyone has an amazing time.
Other noteable places to consider camping in Whyalla are Point Lowly Campsites and Sundowner Cabin & Tourist Park.
Hotels in Whyalla
For the budget-minded traveller, the small and quaint 18-room Hotel Bayview is the perfect choice. R/C air conditioner, TV, tea and coffee makers, a refrigerator and al fresco dining are all the essentials required to tend to your needs while on vacation.
The New Whyalla Hotel is a 14-room establishment with two interconnecting family rooms, standard amenities such as air conditioning, coffee and tea makers, a refrigerator and extras such as the Café Primo open from noon - 2:30 PM and again from 6 PM - 9 PM. A beer garden, 32 Pokie machines, cocktail bar, Keno and Lottery facilities, a conference room and live music each month.
Hummuck Hill has the most astounding view of Whyalla; from the expansive OneSteel Operations, the Whyalla Foreshore and Marina across Spencer Golf and continuing on toward the Southern Flinders Rangers and Point Lowly Lighthouse. It's a fantastic stop for some amazing photos and quality bonding time with family as you all take in the stunning view.
The Martime Museum contains the former HMAS Whyalla, a World War II-era ship that was the first to be constructed in the Whyalla Shipyard in 1941. Tourists each year take advantage of the experience of walking under the massive ship before boarding it with a tour guide and hearing more about Whyalla's ship making history.
The Northern Coastline is exactly what anyone needs after a long day spend at the museum or going on a tour of the OneSteel facilities. The Northern Coastline of Whyalla holds many key areas of interest such as the lighthouse at Point Lowly, just 20 minutes by car (car rental compare rates here carhirewhyalla.net.au), as well as Port Bonython, Fitzgerald Bay, the Freycinet Trail and the unique shingle beach ridges that are environmentally friendly.