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'''Whyalla''' is a city on northeastern [[Eyre Peninsula]], which was developed around the steelworks, port and nearby iron ore deposits in the early 20th century. Today it is a modern and vibrant country town, with good weather, beaches, and boating, and is the third largest city by population in South Australia.
==Understand==
 
=== History ===
Hummock Hill , the hill adjacent to the current town centre, was named by Matthew Flinders in 1802, during his voyage in the Investigator. The first population came to develop the nearby iron ore deposits in 1900 and developed into a small town soon after. With the establishment of the Steelworks in [[Newcastle (New South Wales)|Newcastle]] Whyalla developed into a major port for iron ore shipments.
In With the establishment of the steelworks in [[Newcastle (New South Wales)|Newcastle]] Whyalla developed into a major port for iron ore shipments to the east, and in the 1950s a steelworks opened in the town, with . BHP started operating dual steel works in Newcastle and Whyalla, shipping coal from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to Whyalla and returning the ships laden with iron ore to Newcastle.
The town also has a history of shipbuilding, and the naval ship Whyalla, now on display at the museum, was constructed in the town.
=== By car ===
Whyalla is about one 1 hour drive south of [[Port Augusta]]. The road is sealed, well travelled and maintained.
=== By air ===
* Regional Express (REX and Qantas connect [) [http://www.regionalexpress.com.au/] operates at least twice daily flights to Whyalla from Adelaide]]. Car hire (Avis, Budget, Hertz) is available in the terminal. The airport terminal is located at the southern entrance to the city, about 6km from the city centre, and about 3km from Westgate.
=== By coach ===
* Premier Stateliner connect Whyalla with [[Adelaide]], [[Port Augusta]] and [[Port Lincoln]] twice daily.
==Get around==
There is a local bus service, operating three bus routes. All three operate between Westland Westlands shopping centre and the city centre every hour during the day on weekdays, offering a reasonably frequent service for this trip. Anywhere else will require a taxi, which are available on the national 131 008 number.
The foreshore, marina, city centre, and Hummock Hill are within reasonable walking distance of each other.
Whyalla is the ideal size to traverse by bicycle, but there are cycle facilities out to the museum, and the city roads are wide and flat. There are no bicycle hire facilities in the city.
==See==
* <do name="Hummock Hill Lookout">You can drive or walk to the top. There are covered picnic facilities and lookouts when you get there.</do>
* <see name="Dolphins">Dolphins often follow the boats back into the marina in the afternoon, and come right up to the boat ramp.</see>
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==Do==
* <do name="Steelworks Tours">Tours of the OneSteel steelworks are conducted at 9:30am several times a week. Check times and book at the Visitors Information Centre</do>
* <do name="Fish" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Fishing charters are available, or you can fish off the pier by the marina. Whyalla is known for its snapper fishery.</do>
==Buy==
Whyalla has an unusual scattering of shops for a city of its size.
 
Westlands Shopping Centre is a modern shopping mall, around 4km west form the city centre. It has chain stores and supermarkets. The city centre has a strip of shops, but perhaps less than you would expect in a city of its size, and no large stores except for a Harvey Norman furniture/electrical. There is also a small group of shops on Playford Avenue (Lincoln Highway), and several other small clusters in other parts of the city.
==Eat==
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Playford Lodge" alt="" address="55 Rudall Ave Whyalla Playford" directions="" phone="+61 419 840142" url="http://www.playfordlodge.com.au" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Two 3 bedroom short term A/C holiday rental villas for up to 5 people, with appliances, a separate spacious living area, modern bathroom, shower and laundry. All linen, crockery and utensils are supplied.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Playford LodgeSundowner Motel" alt="" address="55 Rudall Avenue, Whyalla, SA 5600" directions="" phone="61-0419-840-142" email="" fax="" url="http://wwwsundownerhotelmotel.playfordlodge.comnet.au/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Playford Lodge<37 newly renovated ground floor A/C motel units, separate from the main hotel with extra parking for boat, trailer or caravans. King sized bed, some with large sized singles as well. A/sleep> * <sleep name="Sundowner Motel">C, LCD TV in each unit with free AUSTAR, telephone and internet access, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator and mini bar. All motel units are non-smoking indoors and some units have a small courtyard.</sleep>
==Contact==
==Get out==
* '''Point Lowly''', just north of Whyalla, about 30 km from the main road. A lighthouse, and the spawning place of the cuttlefish in winter. A nice, shallow scuba diving spot, but there are no dive shops near by, so you'll have to bring your own gear. * '''Iron Knob''', the original mining site that created Whyalla. Tours are available.
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