Must See And Do In Whyalla
Whyalla Playford Lodge is more than great Eyre Peninsula accommodation.
Our focus is to create a unique and exciting holiday experience for you and to do this we have identified worthwhile tourism and lifestyle opportunities and specials in and around the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.
||Whyalla Fishing Charters
Playford Lodge is excited to announce our strategic partnership with Whyalla Fishing Charters, a reputable and long standing Whyalla tourism business. Whyalla Fishing Charters delivers the ultimate fishing experience to you and your family and has an excellent reputation for customer satisfaction.
Playford Lodge houses up to 5 people – that’s only $27/head per night to live in great 4 star accommodation. There is room to park your boats and cars too at our house.
Contact Whyalla’s top skipper, Steve Storic, and book your Whyalla outdoor fishing adventure today:
T: 0407 975 243
||Whyalla Diving Services
Every year between the months of May and August, thousands of Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) descend on the rocky coastline between Fitzgerald Bay and False Bay near Whyalla, South Australia. These amazing ‘chameleons of the sea’ are one of the largest species of cuttlefish found in the world; and can reach up to 60cm in length and can weigh up to 5kg.
The Godfather of Whyalla Cuttlefish is Tony Bramley, a genuine enthusiast and champion for these creatures of the sea. Contact him for a mind blowing underwater diving adventure. Tony Bramley and the Whyalla Diving Services team have been tracking Giant Australian Cuttlefish for 25 years. These experts have all the scuba diving equipment available that you need to safely observe these amazing creatures and will give you valuable local advice about where and when it is best to dive with them. They customize tours for groups of all sizes and during the season are always going out on Saturdays and Sundays as a minimum. Tony has many diving contacts throughout Australia and is a great ambassador for the Whyalla Giant Cuttlefish.
T: (08) 8645 8050
||Whyalla Maritime Museum
Whyalla Maritime Museum collects, researches, preserves and exhibits artifacts on World War Two Naval History, BHP Shipbuilding, Early Maritime Heritage, Natural History of Northern Spencer Gulf and Aboriginal History. The major museum vessel, HMAS Whyalla, constructed in 1941, is the first modern warship built in South Australia and the largest land locked museum ship on display in Australia.
Lincoln Highway, Whyalla 5600, South Australia
T: (08) 8645 8900
||One Steel Tours
Hear the story behind over 100 years of significant Australian Iron and Steelmaking history, and the $350 million OneSteel Project Magnet. As you travel in air-conditioned comfort around the 1000-hectare steelworks site your guide will explain the technology of how Hematite and Magnetite iron ore from the nearby South Middleback Ranges at Iron Duke is transformed into over 90 different grades of steel. Your tour will take you past the Blast Furnace, Wharf, Coke Ovens, Reed Beds, Steelmaking and Casting Plant and the Rolling Mills, where they make structural steel, rail line and steel railway sleeper sections. You will also see and experience world class technological and safety achievements, and over $100 million in environmental initiatives.
T: 1800 088 589
||Whyalla Visitors Centre
The Whyalla Visitor Centre is located on the Lincoln Highway at the northern entrance to Whyalla, next to the landlocked ship, the former HMAS Whyalla.
The Centre is fully accredited and its professional staff can provide comprehensive information detailing local tourist attractions, as well as providing tourist information for other regions of South Australia. It is the booking point for Murray Cod tours, and entrance to the Whyalla Maritime Museum.
T: 1800 088 589
||Point Lowly Lighthouse
Mathew Flinders explored the gulf in 1802. March 9, 1802 “at noon, the furthest hummock seen from the anchorage was distant four or five miles; it stands on a projection of low sandy land, and beyond it was another similar projection to which I gave the name of Point Lowly”
The lighthouse and two cottages were completed in 1883, from materials transported by sea from Port Pirie. The city of Whyalla (30km away) did not exist at the time.
The original lighthouse was a 15 metre high sandstone tower with the optical apparatus imported from Chance Bros. England. It was first lit on 1 February 1883. After several incidents north of Point Lowly, the tower was extended to its current height of 22.8 metres in 1909.
The light is now a 1000-watt lamp powered by mains, with a standby generator. The light gives one flash every 5 seconds and has a range of 26 nautical miles (48 kms). Two resident lightkeepers manned the lighthouse for 90 years until January 1973 when it was automated. In February 1993 it was turned off by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority AMSA as it believed the lighthouse was no longer required. The Whyalla City Council purchased the lighthouse with the help of the SA Government, and it was re-lit in March 1995.
The Whyalla Uniting Church has managed the cottages for community and recreational purposes since 1979. The cottages sleep up to 30 people, are basic but clean, with good kitchen facilities. Accommodation enquiries Ph: 08 8645 0436 between 10am and 1pm daily.
Port Bonython, just west of Point Lowly, processes liquid hydrocarbons. The mixture of crude oil and natural gas liquids is pumped through a 659km long pipeline from Moomba. The mixture is processed separating the liquids into crude oil, naphtha and LPG. Servicing 50 ships a year is a jetty, 2400 metres long, was completed in 1984.
photographer: John White
||More Playford Lodge strategic partners coming soon…