The Copper Coast – Australia's Little Cornwall
Wallaroo on the Copper Coast, Yorke Peninsula is an ideal holiday spot. It’s a favourite destination with sheltered beaches and clear waters – great for swimming, fishing and relaxing. The jetty is one of the most popular in the state for fishing. Summers are hot and the winters mild.
Wallaroo is only 160km north of Adelaide. It is the hub of the surrounding grain growing and grazing land and home to the Spencer Gulf Prawn fleet. The deep sea port exports grain and imports fertilizer. Yorke Peninsula is renowned for its excellent high quality barley and unlike most South Australian silo storage that stores wheat, Wallaroo's silos and grain storage is mostly for barley.
There are a number of beautiful heritage buildings in the township, reflecting the copper mining prosperity of days past. Wallaroo was settled by Welsh miners and the distinctive square chimneys are their trade mark, differing from the round chimneys of the Cornish mining. Most town buildings are constructed from locally hewn stone and brick. Some date from the 1860s and show the affluence and craftmanship of the day. The Historic Wallaroo Town Hall and Chambers built in 1918 is a landmark building. Others of interest include St. Mary's Anglican Church - 1864 Wallaroo Primary School - 1861, Hughes Chimney Stack - 1861 and the Rotunda in Davies Square - 1927.
The Copper Cove Marina development with its stylish new houses and marina is dramatically increasing the town's population.
A $30 million town redevelopment for the centre of town has been approved.
Wallaroo is the landing point for the Ferry to Lucky Bay, near Cowell, saving several hours travelling time to Eyre Peninsula.
Wallaroo offers the traveller many facilities and a variety of accommodation.
Wallaroo takes its name from Wallaroo – small kangaroo, a cross between a wallaby and a kangaroo with a stocky build, known as a Euro in some parts of Australia. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallaroo www.australianfauna.com/wallaroo.php
Copper was discovered in 1859 on the pastoral station Wallaroo owned by WW Hughes. Further deposits were found in 1861. More heritage
Historic Wallaroo Town Walk
The Wallaroo Historical Walk takes in numerous heritage buildings and points of interest taking around 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Free maps can be picked up locally. Near the foreshore is an interesting sculpture of the fishing cutter Canberra by Indiana James and sponsored by the Angelakis family. In the background you can see the huge Welsh smelter chimney. More
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