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ORIGIN OF THE NAME
In 1914 the town of Whyalla was
proclaimed in the SA Parliament.
The origin of the name is open to
debate, but it is believed to have been
named after a nearby ridge, Mount
Whyalla. However, it could also have
evolved from a similar word in the
Barngarla language - ‘Kayalla’ which
means ‘Northern Country’.
Boasting a warm climate, accessible beaches
and great fishing, Whyalla has something
A visit to Whyalla will Unearth a relaxed,
diverse community passionate about its place
as South Australia’s largest regional city this side
Located on the western shore of upper Spencer
Gulf on Eyre Peninsula, 385km northwest of
Adelaide by road and 40 minutes by air, with
a population of approximately 22,000 and an
average yearly rainfall of 271mm, Whyalla offers
impressive educational institutions including a
UniSA campus, TAFE, and primary and secondary
schools – both public and private.
Whyalla has a substantial industrial base,
providing mining, engineering and steel
manufacturing services. The city is one of main
regional centres of Eyre Peninsula with major
supermarkets, specialist retail outlets, banking,
financial and professional services; along
with tourism operations, hotels, restaurants,
automotive, trades and other businesses.
The Whyalla Council has one of the most
diverse operations of any local government
and is also responsible for all major development
including water harvesting projects, public
works, tourism development and innovative
The Whyalla Visitor Centre wishes to gratefully acknowledge Alan Hall, Carl Charter, Liz McNeill and Chris Fewster,
whose images appear within.
We would like to thank the industry partners who have cooperatively supported the production of this guide.
Design and layout by WOOF Media, Port Lincoln. www .woofmedia.com.au
Copyright Corporation of the City of Whyalla 2017.
Disclaimer: All information contained in this publication is correct at the time of printing. All advertisements are
accepted on the basis that their contents are true and accurate and that they are in no way misleading or otherwise
contrary to the Trade Practices Act 1974, or the Fair Trade Act (SA).
The Whyalla Visitor Centre does not accept any liability to any person claiming they have been misled or deceived by
any material published herein.
The northern Spencer Gulf was first navigated by
Matthew Flinders in 1802, followed by Frenchman
Louis-Claude de Freycinet in 1803. In 1840,
explorer Edward John Eyre reported the presence
of iron stone in the Middleback Ranges, 50km
west of the city of Whyalla. The first attempts to
mine the area began in the 1890s.
The city itself started as a tiny work camp on the
shore at the foot of Hummock Hill in 1901.
The camp was set up as a service base for the iron
ore jetty constructed by Broken Hill Proprietary
Company Limited (BHP). The settlement then
known as ‘Hummock Hill’, gradually expanded
until 1914 when Whyalla was proclaimed a town.
BHP Co. Ltd. extended its industrial activities in
Whyalla by building shipyards and a blast furnace
The booming town was proclaimed a city in 1961.
The steelworks started production in 1965.
After construction of 66 ships, the Whyalla
shipyards closed in 1978. On October 28, 2000,
the steelworks became an independent company,
with several name changes over the time.
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