Whyalla's catch cry is "Where the outback meets the Sea" and its easy to believe when the town boasts over 300 days of sunshine annually. It was founded by BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary Company) in 1901 as the end of the line for its tramway that carried in the iron ore that was to be shipped across to Port Pirie, on the Eastern side of the Gulf.
Much of the infrastructure was upgraded in 1920 and the ore was then transported to the companies new steelworks in Newcastle, NSW. In the late 1930's a shipyard emerged and began building naval vessels to be used in the upcoming second world war of the 1940's.
The shipyards also produced many commercial vessels until they were finally closed in 1978. From this time on, Whyalla has seen ups and downs in both prosperity and employment and as we moved into the 21st century, new mining booms in the area re-ignited Whyalla's economy.
To read more about Whyalla and discover points of interest visit the Whyalla website.
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