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Marina & Foreshore

The Whyalla Foreshore has been undergoing a long-term re-development program since 2009 involving significant improvements to general landscaping, stormwater drainage, car parks, a new promenade type facility, additional beach shelters and free public barbecues, and the linking of the foreshore with Ada Ryan Gardens to provide a large and lush passive recreation area that many visitors don’t expect, considering Whyalla’s official arid climate status.

The foreshore centre building, which has also been upgraded as part of the overall re-development, houses an exceptionally popular café overlooking the sea, change rooms and toilets, and lifesaver headquarters. The nearby playground is the city’s most popular under a distinctive blue shelter to help summer sun protection, itself overlooking extensive lawns towards the beautiful Spencer Gulf.

Prior to the current re-development, a $1.2 million Foreshore upgrade was opened by the Queen during her Royal visit to Whyalla in 1986, followed by the expenditure of around $3 million to develop a marina and boat launching facility.

The beach offers safe swimming in relatively shallow waters, while a nearby fishing jetty is well used by anglers looking for catches of tommy ruff, garfish, some species of whiting, squid and blue swimming crabs. Low tide in summer attracts holidaymakers who walk out to the 'blue line' in search of a feed of these fresh crabs.

Wheelchair access to the jetty is available via a concrete path from the car park to the jetty.

Foreshore waters are popular with windsurfers because of the excellent conditions, and their craft add a splash of colour to the boats and sails of local and visiting aquatic pleasure seekers.

Marina

With an area of about eight hectares, a depth of 2.4 metres at low tide, 32 floating moorings for vessels up to 13 metres, pile moorings for an additional 36 vessels, a floating service jetty, and a four-lane boat launching ramp, the marina has provided access to some of SA's best fishing grounds. It is also home to the clubrooms of the Whyalla Yacht Club, Whyalla Sport Fishing Club, Whyalla Boatowners Association and Whyalla Sea Rescue.

A launching fee applies at the boat ramp to assist with ongoing maintenance. Access to the launching area is controlled by a ticket machine.

The marina, in conjunction with Whyalla's weather and good fishing, has proven a great success, with between 50 and 100 cars and boat trailers often lining the car park at the one time, while the breakwaters have given shore anglers more spots from which to choose.

North Beach

As part of the marina development in the late 1980s, a new beach was created at the extreme eastern end. This offers an alternative site for swimming and is less affected by low tides. Other facilities include a beach shelter provided by the Lions Club of Whyalla, car park, and public toilets (including showers) next to the nearby yacht club.

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City of Whyalla
PO Box 126
Civic Building, Darling Tce
Whyalla SA 5600
Tel: (08) 8640-3444
Fax: (08) 8645-0155