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Whyalla is the third most populous city in the Australian state of South Australia after Adelaide and Mount Gambier. It is a seaport located on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula. The town is known as the "Steel City" due to its integrated steelworks and shipbuilding heritage. The port of Whyalla has been exporting iron ore since 1903.HistoryIt was founded as Hummock's Hill in 1901 by the Broken Hill Proprietary Company (BHP) as the end of a tramway bringing iron ore from Iron Knob in the Middleback Ranges to sea. Its first shipment was transported across Spencer Gulf to Port Pirie where it was used in lead smelters as a flux. A jetty was built to transfer the ore and the first shipment was sent in 1903. The early settlement consisted of small cottages and tents clustered around the base of the hill. The Post Office opened in 1901 as Hummock's Hill and was renamed Whyalla on 1 November 1919.The arid environment and lack of natural fresh water resources made it necessary to import water in barges from Port Pirie.Our Australia vacation planner allows you to schedule your trip to Whyalla, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
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Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre
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