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Your guide to Whyalla

19 Sep 2014, by Informa Australia

Whyalla may not be the most recognised conference location on the business calendar, but this picturesque South Australian seaport has a lot to offer event attendees.

Located on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula, the city is the third most populous in SA after Adelaide and Mount Gambier. Boasting a rich cultural history, great year-round weather and many fascinating attractions, Whyalla provides delegates with plenty to see and do outside the conference venue.

Image credit: www.whyallaforeshore.com.au
Sunset in Whyalla. Image credit: www.whyallaforeshore.com.au

So if your next business event is slated for Whyalla, why not try visiting a few of the region’s best sightseeing opportunities? Or enjoy fine dining and entertainment at top restaurants and bars? This guide of local hotspots should give you a head start, but make sure to do some exploring of your own while you are there.

Top attractions

Image credit: www.whyallacuttlefish.com
Giant Australian Cuttlefish aka sepia apama. Image credit: www.whyallacuttlefish.com

One of Whyalla’s most touted events is the annual migration of the sepia apama – otherwise known as the Australian giant cuttlefish. Among the largest of its species, thousands of the cuttlefish descend on the coastline between False Bay and Fitzgerald Bay each year.

Females lay their eggs on the underside of rocky ledges for the male to fertilise, and after a couple of months, the eggs hatch. Unfortunately, only those attending conferences during the months between May and August each year will get to witness this fascinating spectacle.

However, the city’s Maritime Museum is open throughout the year, providing visitors with the chance to see HMAS Whyalla. The vessel was the first ship built in the city’s shipyard over 60 years ago and people can walk underneath its hull and then take a guided tour to learn more about the ship’s history.

Whyalla also offers fantastic fishing and diving options for anyone who wants to take advantage of the city’s seaside location.

Food and drink

Unsurprisingly, Whyalla is an ideal location to tuck into fantastic seafood dishes, with many local restaurants specialising in this area of cuisine.

For a quick and cost-effective treat, Barnacle Bill is a popular takeaway style franchise – although you can eat inside – that has been serving up seafood for over 40 years. Scallops, prawns, calamari, garfish, barramundi and whiting are just some of the items on the menu, as well as a selection of seafood platters.

However, if you have the time to enjoy fine dining in Whyalla, then the Waters Edge Restaurant at the Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn is a must. Describing itself as the “jewel in the culinary crown of the region”, the eatery has professional service, panoramic views of the surrounding areas and a truly sumptuous menu.

Waters Edge Restaurant - Sirloin steak with crumbed field mushroom and onion rings. Image credit: www.whyallaforeshore.com.au
Waters Edge Restaurant – Sirloin steak with crumbed field mushroom and onion rings. Image credit: www.whyallaforeshore.com.au

Accommodation

Once a conference is over for the day, you may just want to sit back and relax in your hotel room. Luckily, Whyalla has a variety of accommodation options for visiting businesspeople.

The previously mentioned Whyalla Foreshore Motor Inn not only has a stunning restaurant, it offers excellent lodgings for the night. A choice of sea- or garden-view rooms and executive suites – not to mention complimentary Wi-Fi – should provide guests with plenty of choice when making a booking.

Alternatively, the Best Western Alexander Motel is another popular option. Ideally situated near many of the city’s best attractions, the establishment also has high-quality food and drink at Percy’s Restaurant & Piano Bar. Each room has its own patio area table and there is a sizeable pool for guests to enjoy.

Staying for an extended period? Quest Whyalla Playford serviced apartments on Darling Terrace come with fully equipped kitchens, laundry rooms, high-speed broadband and direct-dial phones. Conference attendees can also make use of the heritage-listed building’s meeting room and catering options.

Do you have a favourite restaurant or a great suggestion for things to do in Whyalla? Leave your comments below!

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