Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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The ferry crosses the Spencer Gulf from Lucky Bay to Wallaroo (and vice versa of course) covering a distance of 32 nautical miles in just over 2 hours...depending on weather conditions. It's 56m and carries 80 cars or equivalent in trucks, buses, trailers etc. and a maximum of 300 people. This cuts off 500kms if you wish to go to Adelaide, and the cost is a little stiff ex; $140 for a small car, $35 adult and $10 for children, but if you want to get to your destination quicker, then maybe the cost outweighs the petrol and the distance. I'll never know!
As soon as I arrived in Whyalla on Thursday I went straight to the post office to check on my mail. Nothing! They said it might take at least 4/5 working days and it had only been sent two days ago.
Ok, so I shall have to stick around here for a couple more days and play the waiting game.
Off to the shops to replenish my supplies and then a short drive out of town to a 'freebie' at Fitzgerald Bay. Well I didn't quite make it as the road was very rough and honestly, I'm a little tired of rocky dirt roads, so I stopped at the first available clearing and set up camp for the night. The dogs loved it as they were able to roam freely and the water was too far away for Luana to get into any mischief.
The next morning I decided to move on to Point Lowly another 'freebie' which is closer to town.
This was quite pleasant and within walking distance to the bay and a small sandy beach that the dogs, or more to the point, Luana thoroughly enjoyed. Lola is still somewhat of a sook and cowers when I go anywhere near water.
Point Lowly Lighthouse
The weather got hotter and hotter as the days went on with temperatures reaching 48...outside!!! But as the mail still hadn't arrived I was obliged to sweat it out for another couple of scorchers. Days turned into night with no relief at all, not even a breeze to cool me down, I have a 12 volt fan but it was just churning the hot air and doing nothing to relieve the swelter
The heat was exhausting but I had to drive back into Whyalla and take pot luck that my mail had arrived and replenish the fridge as I hadn't intended to stay at Point Lowly more than a day, but at least there was a cold shower at this freebie and believe me it was most welcome and... refreshing.
Ooof! Mail is in, so back to Point Lowly for the night as it was too 'bloody' hot to travel anywhere further, maybe tomorrow.
WHYALLA 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 the Middleback Ranges to be used in the lead smelters at Port Pirie as flux. The Post Office opened in 1901 as Hummock's Hill and was renamed Whyalla on 1 November 1919.
On 16 April 1920 the town was proclaimed as Whyalla. The ore conveyor on the jetty was improved and ore began to be shipped to the newly built Newcastle, New South Wales steelworks. The town grew slowly until 1938.
In 1941 the first ship from the new shipyard, HMAS Whyalla, was launched and the blast furnace became operational. By 1943 the population was more than 5,000. On 31 March 1943, the Murray River pipeline from Morgan became operational. In 1945 the city came under combined company and public administration and the shipyard began producing commercial ships. In 1948 displaced persons began arriving from Europe.
In 1958 the Company decided to build an integrated steelworks at Whyalla. They were completed in 1965. In the following year salt began to be harvested and coke ovens were built. The population grew extremely rapidly, and the South Australian Housing Trust was building 500 houses a year to cope with the demand. Plans for a city of 100,000 were produced by the Department of Lands. A second pipeline from Morgan was built to cope with the demand.