Whyalla, South Australia

Coordinates: 33°02′0″S 137°34′0″E / 33.03333°S 137.56667°E / -33.03333; 137.56667
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South Australia
View of the city from Hummock Hill
Whyalla is located in South Australia
Coordinates33°02′0″S 137°34′0″E / 33.03333°S 137.56667°E / -33.03333; 137.56667
Population20,880 (UCL 2021)[1]
Time zoneACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST)ACDT (UTC+10:30)
Location395 km (245 mi) from Adelaide
LGA(s)City of Whyalla
State electorate(s)Giles[3]
Federal division(s)Grey[4]
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.7 °C
75 °F
11.5 °C
53 °F
263.4 mm
10.4 in

Whyalla is a city on the Eyre Peninsula, on the shore of Spencer Gulf, South Australia.

Its main industries are associated with the iron ore mines. Whyalla acted as the port for the export of iron ore.

To get the renewal of the mining lease, BHP had to build a blast furnace to smelt the ore into pig iron. This led to the establishment of steel making, and ship building industries, which were very active during the period 1960–1980.

The viability of these industries so far from markets declined. This led to the closure of many operations and a decline in the local population. At its peak, during the mid-1980s, about 35,000 people lived there.

References[change | change source]

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Whyalla (urban centre and locality)". Australian Census 2021. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Whyalla Postcode Australia Post
  3. "District of Giles Background Profile". Electoral Commission SA. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  4. "Federal electoral division of Grey, boundary gazetted 16 December 2011" (PDF). Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 August 2015.