The Whyalla Maritime Museum is home of the former HMAS Whyalla - first ship built at the Whyalla Shipyard in 1941. It stands high and dry – 2km inland from its birthplace and 2 metres off the ground. Every year thousands of visitors enjoy actually walking under the ship before boarding it with a tour guide for a truly unique experience over the restored vessel.

The nearby museum building houses a treasured collection of artefacts and memorabilia:

  • Tracing the HMAS Whyalla’s World War II involvement and the BHP’s shipbuilding years.
  • A natural history section featuring the upper Spencer Gulf’s diverse marine environment.
  • Matthew Flinders’ journals and charts, reflecting early maritime heritage.
  • A bonus attraction of one of the largest HO gauge model railways depicting operations between OneSteel in Whyalla and Iron Knob, and links between Whyalla to Port Augusta, and Port Augusta to Adelaide.

The complex is set amidst tranquil gardens with free electric barbecues, boardwalk to the museum’s pond and plenty of shady lush lawns – indeed an often unexpected feature.

Opening times and details as at March 12th, 2019:

Museum hours: 10am-4pm, 7 days per week. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Ship tours: Daily 11.30am and 1.30pm.

*Please note* Access to the ship is by guided tour only, and ship tours may be restricted or modified in extreme weather conditions. 

Cost: Adults $15 Conc $12
  Children $ 9 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $40
  Extra children $7  

The Whyalla Steelworks Tours are held: 9.30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Excluding Public Holidays. Departs from the Whyalla Visitor Centre and bookings are essential.

Cost: Adults $25 Conc $21
  Children $ 15 Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)  $65
  Extra children $8  

Whyalla Visitor Centre
Lincoln Highway, Whyalla 5600, South Australia
Ph: (08) 8645 7900 or Free Call: 1800 088 589

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