"WALLAROO - A PORT TOWN" Wallaroo by balhannah

Wallaroo Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 43 photos

Wallaroo has an unusual meaning.....................

The name comes from the Aboriginal word 'Wadlu Waru' meaning wallaby urine. The early settlers tried to copy the aboriginals by calling it Walla Waroo. This was too big to stamp on the wool bales, so they shortened it to Wallaroo

Wallaroo, 160 kilometres north-northwest of Adelaide, is another of the three Copper Triangle towns known for their historic shared copper mining industry.
The town was first settled in 1851 by a sheep grazier.

The three towns are known together as "Little Cornwall", the other two being Kadina [8kms away] and Moonta [18kms away].

The town was connected to Kadina by horse-drawn tramway in 1862 and to Moonta in 1866. A connection to Adelaide was completed by 1880.

Wallaroo has a population of approx 3000 people, although in its prime, there were 5000 people.

The 1st european was explorer, Matthew Flinders on 15 March 1802.

Wallaroo has no copper mines even though there are Wallaroo mines, these are located at nearby Kadina. Confused, I am!

Wallaroo was Yorke Peninsula's largest and most important port until 1923 when copper production ceased, and the largest and most important on Spencer Gulf until the Port Pirie smelters were established in 1890.

The town grew, and in 1861 the Jetty was built for ships to bring in coal, timber, food and mining equipment.
Nowdays, Wallaroo exports fertiliser, and grains through conveyor jetties and Silo's.

The popular three-day Kernewek Lowender Cornish festival is held every odd year in May, with Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo

Time to leave the Copper Coast behind and head inland on our 11,500km trip of Southern Australia.

We will pass through the small town of BUTE, before arriving at the inland town of SNOWTOWN.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quite a nice town on Spencer Gulf
  • In a nutshell:Love all the heritage cottages!
  • Last visit to Wallaroo: May 2012
  • Intro Updated Jun 20, 2014
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    The origin of the name is quite something ;) Lovely cottages and murals.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jul 5, 2014 at 2:35 AM

      Thanks for visiting Wallaroo. I love the old stone cottages too, especially when they have the pretty lacework verandahs.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Jul 5, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      Yes, the lacework verandas are so pretty :)


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