Nharangga name: Wadla waru

Wallaroo is a very popular holiday town just 160 kilometres north of Adelaide, offering great swimming, fishing, relaxing and sightseeing.

The Wallaroo jetty is one of the most popular in the state for fishers whilst under the jetty is popular for divers with a variety of sea life.

A deep sea port and home to the Spencer Gulf prawn fleet, complete with a multi-million dollar marina development Wallaroo has an abundance of attractions and is the home port of the Spencer Gulf Searoad Car and Passenger Ferry.

The long, wide northern beaches are so welcoming that many never want to leave. Wallaroo is a town that has experienced the good times and can look forward to many more.

The old waterfront still echoes the era when the docks teemed with men and the triangle mined, smelted and delivered copper and other metals to the world.

Wallaroo was first surveyed in late 1860 and named after Walter Watson Hughes' Wallaroo Station, located east of the smelting works site. The smelting area was set up in 1861 following the discovery of copper ore at nearby Wallaroo Mine (Kadina) and Moonta.

The first jetty was constructed in 1861 as part of the contract to build a tramway to the Wallaroo Mine. It soon became one of the busiest ports in the state and continues that role today with the export of grain. 

Wallaroo was named as South Australia's Small Tourism Town in the 2022 Top Tourism Town Awards.

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The Yorke Peninsula is the traditional lands of the Narungga (Nharangga) people, who have lived on, and cared for, this country since the beginning of time. We work, live and travel on Nharannga Banggara [Country], and we take time away from those pursuits to acknowledge and pay our deep respects to the Nharangga Elders of the past and present. 

Today, it is essential that we continue to care for and protect our spectacular natural environment. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Learn more about responsible and respectful travel on Yorke Peninsula.