Wallaroo News



Copper Coast Council wants to confirm that the Vasco Da Gama WILL be berthing at the Wallaroo Jetty on the Northern side, for each of its 3 visits in this cruise ship season. 

We are aware that some ports tender passengers to shore, but our deep sea port allows the ship to berth at the Jetty! ⛴

Flinders Ports are currently undertaking major works on the Jetty Structure to ensure the Jetty is safe for disembarking passengers.

If you require further information or you are unable to attend a cruise ship volunteer induction session, but still wish to volunteer, please contact the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre in person at 50 Mines Road, Kadina, or by phoning 08 8821 2333. 

To keep up to date with the Cruise Ship visits please visit the Copper Coast Council website or the Wallaroo Cruise Ship Updates Facebook Page.


 We are conscious that the Wallaroo Swimming Enclosure (Wateroo) has not been operational for some time. The Contractors, Seaslip are working with their insurers as well as Meinhardt’s (their Consulting Engineers) and their insurers.

Council considers that the Swimming Enclosure was never ‘fit for purpose’ and is trying to progress a resolution as soon as possible. All of the information on this project is available from the Council Meeting held on the 2nd October 2019 on Council’s Website (http://www.coppercoast.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=2179)

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THIS SUMMER☀️? Within the Wallaroo Swimming Enclosure, there will be a set of steps near the lookout node, and a 25m section of floating pontoons anchored within the deeper water.

Last week, divers inspected the floating pontoon and ensured it is anchored into place. Over the coming weeks, additional improvements to the pontoon will be made in the way of decking and additional anchor support. The steps have been inspected and with the addition of marine carpet are ready for use.

The current enclosure is operational and will have a few additional works done over the coming fortnight to ensure it is suitable for the entire summer.

As soon as the works have been completed, we will provide further details to the community.

(Source: Copper Coast Council social media release: 10th October 2019)

NYP Rotary Markets Cruise into Wallaroo

We are all very excited to welcome the inaugural cruise ship visits to our region and Copper Coast Council have asked NYP Rotary to manage the markets in Wallaroo for these events.

The “Vasco Da Gama” will visit our shores on the following dates:

Saturday 7th December 2019 – 8am until 8pm

Wednesday 18th December 2019 – 8am until 8pm

Friday 3rd January 2020 – 8am until 7.30pm

The NYP Rotary Cruise Market will be set up in the John Terrace Reserve from 8am until 4pm on each of these days.  STALL HOLDERS CAN SET UP FROM 6.30am

This is an exciting time for the Copper Coast and we would expect many visitors to our region from areas such as Southern Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, Port Pirie etc., so would expect to operate very busy markets during this time.

Please note that NYP Rotary will manage these markets separately to their Rotary Kadina Markets which are held every month in Victoria Square, Kadina.

You can register for all three cruise markets at one time – indicate your preferences on Cruise Markets Application Form.  



To that end please complete an Application Form for NYP Rotary Cruise Markets and ask that you complete and return it to us as per email and postal address detailed on form (with your payment details) as soon as possible.  NO PAYMENT, NO BOOKING HELD.

To receive a copy of the application form and to obtain further information please contact:

rotarynypmarket@outlook.com or mobile 0400 352 659

Call for Glenelg terminal to include plans for Yorke Peninsula ferry

Media Release: 18 September 2019

Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP has joined the call for a ferry terminal to be incorporated in any plans for a major upgrade of Glenelg jetty, believing re-commencing a ferry service to Yorke Peninsula would be a game changer for the local and state’s tourism industry.


The State Government last week announced it had commissioned a study into options for a $110 million Glenelg jetty redevelopment, which prompted public comments from Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly that provision for a new ferry terminal be considered in the planning process.

Past proposals for a Glenelg upgrade have featured a ferry berth, and Mr Ellis foresees exciting potential for Yorke Peninsula tourism should such a plan proceed.

“It has been 21 years since the Enigma III passenger ferry service from Glenelg to Edithburgh was unsuccessfully trialled, stopped only due to repeated sand and seagrass ingress into the Patawalonga and sediment build-up that required dredging too often, but it is time to look at it again”, Mr Ellis said.

“The service was very well received and ran from February 1998 for nearly 12 months.

“The vision was for a ferry service from Glenelg to Edithburgh to Kingscote return on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays but despite all efforts had to be abandoned due to the harbour blockages at the Glenelg end.

“Getting such a ferry service right would provide a good return on regional development and tourism investment funding, creating a lot of small business local jobs for a massive economic injection for the Yorke Peninsula region.

“Ideally, a vehicle and passenger service would then link to the Wallaroo to Lucky Bay ferry terminals, connecting our tourism region to Eyre Peninsula.

“I have made a submission to the underway study looking at options for the redevelopment of Glenelg Jetty, and have formally corresponded on the topic with the Member for Morphett Stephen Patterson, Mayor Pengilly and the Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Stephan Knoll”, Mr Ellis said.  

Source: https://www.fraserellis.com.au/call_for_glenelg_terminal_to_include_plans_for_yorke_peninsula_ferry

Invasive Asian Paddle Crab found in SA waters

Monday 9 September 2019

A male Asian Paddle Crab (Charybdis japonica), which is a threatening invasive species, has been found in South Australian waters by a commercial Blue Swimmer Crab fisher.

Asian Paddle Crab – what to look out for:

  1. it can grow up to 120mm wide, which is smaller than the Blue Swimmer Crab
  2. found in a number of colours – pale, olive green, brown, purple
  3. sharp spines between its eyes
  4. six spines down each side of the shell

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the discovery of an Asian Paddle Crab is alarming on a number of fronts.

“Asian Paddle Crabs are an invasive species that threaten our local seafood industries and can be toxic if eaten by humans,” said Minister Whetstone.

“The Asian Paddle Crab is an aggressive, exotic crab that could spread diseases to our local prawns, crabs an lobsters and outcompete native species like our prized Blue Swimmer Crab.

“We are asking all fishers - commercial, recreational and charter - who are out on the water to keep an eye out for this unwelcome species. We do not want the Asian Paddle Crab to establish in South Australia – if fishers see any unusual species, please report them immediately to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522.

Source: https://pir.sa.gov.au/alerts_news_events/news/biosecurity/aquatics/invasive_asian_paddle_crab_found_in_sa_waters?fbclid=IwAR2YnWEvb9U5yK7GwmvPkJxmq8eNKTvI28busAxu09X8vZtH4EGStWkGdqo


Illuminart visit to Wallaroo 

On Friday the 16th of August 2019, Wallaroo and the Copper Coast featured as part of Illuminart's Viterra Silo Projection artshow  - "Port to Port" SALA Festival projection tour!

Click the link below to view a snapshot of the event!



Wallaroo jetty is open

Flinders Port Holdings are pleased to advise that the end of the Wallaroo Jetty is open for public use during the hours of 6am-6pm every day. Please note that the jetty is subject to closure without notice due to shipping and maintenance requirements (2 August 2019)

To check closure dates and times please click here to visit the Flinders Ports website.



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Do you have a passion for fishing and some time to give back to the local community? Why not consider volunteering to become part of the Fishcare team?

The Fishcare Volunteer program plays a vital role in raising community awareness about sustainable fishing practices and helping to protect the state’s fish stocks. More than 75 volunteers across SA attend regional events and patrol local jetties, boat ramps and fishing spots throughout the year to help keeps anglers up to date with recreational fishing rules and regulations.

Volunteers and now being sought to join the existing team that patrols Wallaroo and surrounding fishing spots, with training provided to all new volunteers. To register your interest contact the State Fishcare Volunteer Coordinator on 8169 0118 or for more information visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishcare

The link to the Fishcare page on the website is: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishcare_volunteers

Cutter Canberra Sculpture

A successful fundraising dinner was held at the Coopers Alehouse Wallaroo on Friday, October 12, 2018. Over $6,000 was raised to restore the iconic "Cutter Canberra". Well known South Australian seafood identity, Michael Angelakis donated the sculpture as his family owned the boat. He was on hand to greet guests and served Kingfish Sashimi on arrival. The Weeroona Hotel Patron's Club also donated $2,000 towards the restoration project. 


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