The Wallaroo Shores Project
Wallaroo Shores is a premium location of 18.5 Hectares (45 acres) laying between the town centre of Wallaroo and the shores of Spencers Gulf. The Land was the site of a historic copper smelter between 1861 and 1926. The AUD $220,000,000 planned development of the land will result in a total of 656 residential dwellings, including 107 retirement apartments, a shopping centre and an internationally managed 100 apartment style tourist resort – the Wallaroo Shores Resort.
Drivers of Growth at Wallaroo
Major changes within Wallaroo’s town centre, described in the Copper Coast Council’s Design Framework for the Wallaroo Town Centre and Coast report, include upgrading road and pavement levels, resurfacing of roads and new car parking. The revitalisation of the town centre of Wallaroo is a focus for the Copper Coast Council. Copper Coast’s Foreshore Redevelopment for Wallaroo includes replacing barrier and decorative rocks, building coastal viewing platforms, new public seating, shade sails and more. These works will create better ambience for the foreshore at Wallaroo.
Coopers Ale House are proposing a new apartment and accommodation building on the marina. A multi-purpose play area at North Beach township has also been given development approval.
Wallaroo Sailing Club finished its large scale upgrade and rebuild earlier this year. This coastal attraction, which brings participants and supporters into the area, will allow them to host events such as the 2015 Cherub National Championships and other events in the years ahead, bringing further visitors to the town. Flinder’s Ports has a major facility at Wallaroo, with principal commodities handled through the port being fertilizer imports and grain and seed exports.During 2012/2013, 0.76 million tonnes of cargo was moved through Wallaroo. The Wallaroo Bowling Club provides two, six-rink world class indoor bowling greens that allow for enjoyment year round, irrespective of weather conditions. The Wallaroo Golf Club is an 18-hole course, with greened and watered fairways attracting both residents and visitors.
In 2014, over 1 million people visited the region. There were 437,000 overnight visitors to the Yorke Peninsula Tourism Region that stayed 1,356,000 nights and 610,000 domestic day trips. The average length of stay for total overnight visitors to the region is 3.1 nights. Wallaroo is known for great beaches. There are two of them, Office Beach directly adjacent to the Wallaroo Shores development and North Beach, which is ideal for children. Wallaroo is one of the best places in South Australia for boating activities and is well known for its excellent variety of fishing. The Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum is renowned as one of the best museums of its type in Australia.