Located just over 150 kilometres north of Adelaide, Wallaroo is tucked away on South Australia's coast. The town was settled in the early 1860s and is a safe and peaceful destination for families. Wallaroo was once a copper mining hub and today’s inhabitants are proud of their heritage, which they gladly share with visitors who tend to divide their time between calm swimming beaches and historical tours and visits. Though the population hovers right about 3,000 throughout the year, the holiday season brings many more people to the area. Luckily, holiday rentals abound in Wallaroo, and there are numerous self-contained houses and cottages throughout the town to suit parties of all sizes.
While on holiday in Wallaroo, immerse yourself in local history by visiting Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum. Here, look over extensive displays that cover Wallaroo's copper mining past and gain information about the town's heritage. The museum also contains records that allow you to trace your family's history if they are from the area. In a separate building, you’ll find the Nautical Complex, a must for families with children, as it houses an exhibit featuring a giant squid named George. Before you leave, don’t forget to book a ghost tour for some spooky entertainment.
One day, get your exercise by following the Wallaroo Town Walking Trail. This excursion takes you past buildings constructed in the mid- to late 19th century and Wallaroo's early 20th century buildings. Stops on the trail include the old post office, a few hotels, the old bond store, the court house, a couple of Wallaroo's squares, a primary school and many other destinations. To learn more about the buildings, detailed brochures are provided.
Wallaroo has many sheltered beaches, creating safe aquatic playgrounds for children. The golden sands on the shore are ideal for building sandcastles, looking for seashells and playing sports, such as beach volleyball or Frisbee. The waters are calm enough to accommodate young and inexperienced swimmers. Head out a little further into the water to try sports that are popular in the area, such as sailing, surfing, kite surfing, kite boarding, water skiing or windsurfing. If you do not have your own equipment, use a local company to hire what you need for your water-based adventures.
Extending 869 metres out into waters that are up to 10 metres deep, the Wallaroo Jetty is a prime feature of this small seaside town. Take a stroll along the jetty and look out over the water to spot the local marine life. Alternatively, look up; there is a large population of birdlife that hangs around the jetty, making this a great bird watching destination.
Bring your poles along, and fish right off the jetty. Wallaroo Jetty is known as one of the best fishing destinations in the state, with snapper, snook, tommy ruff, salmon, mullet and even squids inhabiting the area’s waters. To get a face-to-face look at these fish in their natural habitat, try your hand at scuba diving around the jetty's pylons.
Wallaroo may be a holiday destination entrenched in history, but the town centre boasts a number of modern amenities. Head over to Owen Terrace, Wallaroo's main shopping street, and stroll by the diverse retail shops. Alternately, visit the new sporting complex that offers croquet, bowling and golf opportunities. The complex was designed by an architect to allow plenty of space for each activity and to include great communal areas for gatherings and socializing. Before you leave town, scout out the perfect restaurant for dinner. Besides dine-in options, many establishments offer delicious take-away menus that allow you to picnic in the destination of your choice.
While there is plenty to do to keep you occupied, Wallaroo is first and foremost a calm, quiet town. This makes the holiday destination a great match for families with small children and those just looking for a private getaway. Because Wallaroo has a mild seasonal climate, even the winter months are comfortable for exploring the sites and scenery.