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Wallaroo, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.

Wallaroo is a coastal town on the western side of Yorke Peninsula and it is a popular tourist destination. Along with Kadina and Moonta, Wallaroo forms the Copper Coast, formerly known as the Copper Triangle.

Understand[edit]

The name Wallaroo comes the Aboriginal word 'Wadlu Waru' meaning wallabies urine. The early settler's tried to copy the aboriginals by calling it Walla Waroo, however they found this too big to stamp on the wool bales, so they shortened it to Wallaroo.

Wallaroo has a deep sea port, at which the Viterra grain terminal is located and ships dock to fill up with grain. When a ship isn't in port, the jetty is a favourite location for fishing.

Wallaroo is also home to the Spencer Gulf Prawn fleet, and has a multi-million dollar marina - Copper Cove Marina.[1]

Tourist Information[edit]

  • Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre, Kadina (The Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre), 50 Moonta Road, Kadina, 1800 654 991 (, fax: +61 8 8821 4633), [2]. M-F 9AM-5PM; Sa & Su 10AM-4PM.  edit

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By ferry[edit]

SeaSA, [3] operate a 7 day per week service using a newly constructed vehicle and passenger carrying ferry. The Aurora runs between Wallaroo and Lucky Bay. It is an approximately 2 hr trip (depending on conditions) of 60 km (32 nm) one way.

Passengers may travel with their vehicles or as walk on passengers. The operators only allow one item of hand luggage per passenger unless contained in a vehicle. Published charges for carrying in excess of 1 hand luggage item (and not contained within an accompanying vehicle) are $60 per item. Bookings are available online [4].

  • Sea SA Car & Passenger Ferries, 1 Heritage drive, +61 8 8823 0777 (, fax: +61 8 8823 0707), [5]. The Aurora V is a 56 m newly constructed vessel. It carries a maximum of 80 cars (or equivalent in trucks, buses, trailers, caravans, motorbikes) and a maximum of 300 passengers.  edit

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Wallaroo is a popular fishing destination, with many fishing charter tour operators using it as a base.

  • Mad Keen Fishing Charters, Shop 15, Owen Terrace, Wallaroo, +61 8 8823 2270, [6]. Mad Keen Fishing Charters operate two charter vessels out of Wallaroo Yorke Peninsula offering fully inclusive packages to individuals, groups and corporate customers. A speciality of the charter is landing big red snapper off Wallaroo.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Coopers Alehouse at Wallaroo (Wallaroo Marina Hotel), 11 Heritage Drive, Wallaroo (On the southern side of the marina complex), +61 8 8823 2488 (), [7]. The hotel and the two adjacent five story accommodation towers are part of the Copper Cove Marina development. Panoramic vistas of the marina, North Beach and Spencer Gulf.  edit

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Budget[edit]

  • Cornucopia Hotel, 49 Owen Tce, Wallaroo, +61 8 8823 3457 (), [8]. Newly furnished accommodation, with single rooms, twin rooms, double rooms with queen sized beds and family rooms that sleep up to 6 people. 3 bedroom house available. Caters for bus groups, family and social groups and independent travellers.  edit

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Stay safe[edit]

Contact[edit]

Cellular (mobile) telephone network reception may not be available in many areas especially those distant from cellular network repeater towers normally located along the major highways and near larger townships. Hilly terrain will also effect reception. In an emergency seek higher ground. Some networks provide a poor coverage in regional and rural areas. It is generally considered that the best reception is available from either Telstra or Optus when in areas such as Yorke Peninsula.

For emergency services including police, fire services and ambulance call 000 from any telephone and ask the operator to connect you.
Such calls are placed without charge to the calling party.

Get out[edit]

  • Port Lincoln, at the bottom of the adjoining Eyre Peninsular. This is an important fishing centre, was once proposed as the State capital and has a large natural harbour
  • Innes National Park at the 'Bottom end
  • Kadina, the administrative centre of the Peninsular
  • Yorketown the largest town in the southern end of the Peninsular
  • Port Pirie, an important railway town earlier in the state's history





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