2.8 out of 10


Ranked 5th best suburb in Northern
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Nov 14, 2018

"Whyalla is..."

Whyalla is a small city on the eastern side of the Eyre peninsula. Whyalla has recently gone through a tough time with the steelworks. I think it is not that great
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Apr 02, 2018

"A struggling town"

Whyalla in the 1960, 70, 80 and 90's was a working class town with great potential. In recent years has changed almost into a Centrelink Mecca with unemployed ferals everywhere, it really has declined as a community. Job uncertainty and a massive decline in house prices has taken its toll. Definately not a safe place to invest or raise a young family. Having said that not many outback towns are these days.
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Too many ferals moving in"

I have lived in Whyalla all my life, and unfortunately it is turning into a real epicentre for dropkicks and bogans. They have navigated their way here from all over the place and they have taken over the shopping centres, the roads and the schools. They litter everywhere, too lazy to find a bin, just have a look at McDonald's car park and you'll see what I mean, no respect for anything. Contrary to popular belief among locals, Whyalla is not a community minded town, too many people with their own agendas to be anything remotely community spirited. I you want community spirit, go to Port Pirie.
  • Being overtaken by the Australian Army
  • Too many yobbos, ferals and bogans
  • No community pride
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"Industrial City on the Spencer Gulf"

Whyalla is the ship building capital of South Australia. Just off the coast in the gulf is allegedly the best Snapper fishing spot in South Australia
Macca Moona, not sure where you got your info from, or when you were last in Whyalla, but the last large ship to be built at Whyalla was the Iron Curtis. She was in January 1978 and handed to the owners in August of that year. The work force was reduced and the shipbuilding yard was shut down.

Whyalla boasts spectacular outback landscapes, scenic views, vast coastline and is rich in culture and heritage. While in Whyalla why not try your hand at some of the best fishing in South Australia or take a tour on the land locked ship HMAS Whyalla. Whatever your interests there is something in Whyalla for everyone.
oigevay ha ha "ship building capital"....proving yet again, that you take anything you read here with a grain salt because a lot fo it is just bullsh1t!.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5

"Great little power town that punches above its weight"

Friendly, industrial town surrounded by beautiful places on the coast and inland
  • plenty of work
  • great future ahead
  • study
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Good Place to Buy a Home"

Very beautiful town. I love the neighbourly spirit where everyone loves helping eachother out. Housing prices are very affordable. Great place for a holiday or the more quiet life
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"A large country town that thrives on manufacturing and shipping"

Whyalla is South Australia’s 3rd largest city. With a population of more than 20,000, Whyalla is an industrial and farming town set on a major shipping port. The town is approximately 450 kilometres from Adelaide, and is accessible by driving, daily coaches or multiple daily plane flights.

Despite being on the edge on the sea, the town itself is dusty and dry and is surround by sweeping farming properties and desert. The temperatures soar here, often reaching well above 40 degrees in summer.

The town offers a huge number of facilities, including around 6 primary school and 4 high schools (3 of which are public and one is Catholic). The town also has a TAFE and a campus for the University of South Australia.

The major industry here is steel manufacturing, with OneSteel the key employer in the town.
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luciod WOW, some of these comments are so fanciful that I am forced to write the truth about whyalla. Here are some Facts : whyalla has the highest single mother rate of any town in S.A. and in Australia. Bogans, red dust unemployment rate at least 10 percent by gov stats which means closer to 20 percent in real terms. Housing prices have dropped so bad that a small loss on your home is acceptable. I could go on. Based on facts and family that live there. Whyalla has gotten so bad people are moving in droves unless they are on centerlink. A true town that is soley supported by the government and really our tax money. Im happy to debate anyone about these facts.
davidd17 Luciod you are an opinionated ill informed moron. Whyalla is no different to many towns in regional areas sharing the social issues that we all do. Your comments are insulting and uneducated at best. We have many families and businesses that live and care about our City. We boast sporting and community involvement and a supportive network for all that wants to be involved. Please keep your negativity to yourself and have a look in your own backyard.
Oct 17, 2017
brentonp1 It is a homely outback town with character. You can live a country and outback life with all the creature comforts of Australias bigger cities. It does have a rougher edge to it, but it adds to the charm. This town wouldnt appeal to people who live glitzy or glamorous lifestyles. It appeals to down to Earth people who have a sense of community spirit. The hospital is excellent, access to decent shops and a few decent pubs and eateries for meals. Retail is great for a town its size with Target, Harris Scarfe and Harvey Norman. To me its a cross between an outer Adelaide suburb and a country town. I loved living in Whyalla when I was there for 9months. I would move back in a heart beat for work. It has great sporting and fitness fasciities as well. It possess a theatre and small cinema. The people are hospitable and friendly a custom the whole Eyre Peninsula is famous for. Whyalla has a lovely Marina and foreshore. Amazing outback scenery, lots of local parks and now a wetland. I was also quite impressed with its Uni SA campus too. You have the Southern Flinders Ranges and rest of the Eyre Peninsula at your doorstep. I think Whyalla is a hidden gem that the locals are well aware of. Another great thing is that Port Augusta is only 45 mins drive. It has retail giants that Whyalla doesnt have and Whyalla has the retail gaints that Port Augusta doesnt have. So between the two towns you can get all your products you need without requiring a single visit to Adelaide.
Feb 10, 2018
desertd I find these comments quite hypocritical. Firstly, single motherhood and unemployment was a burden placed upon us by a white-man hating communist Marxist government, not the people themselves. Secondly, if Whyalla is a Bogan, Army town ...good. I grew up around Bogans and Army blokes- they were the most down to earth people I know. After university and in corporate work all people seem to meet are pretentious p1gs, who are mostly successful women. I'd take a bogan over that any day. And thirdly Whyalla is a great place for men with higher degrees who are motivated to work, not lazy women who expect it all, or dumb men with no confidence. Ha ha...!
Jul 20, 2018
carolm22 Sounds like you are a woman hater. Jealous by any chance?
Dec 12, 2018
mh8 Im from Whyalla and have lived in Alice Springs for years. You people talking about ferals have absolutely no clue how bad things can get. Whyalla is Disney land compared to ALOT of other regional towns around the country !
Jan 11, 2019
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