Why go to Wallaroo?
Relaxed, dainty and compact with options to expand beyond the port
Prone to very hot weather, which makes outdoor activities uncomfortable
Small-town hospitality against a historic backdrop
Wallaroo Cruise Port Facilities?
A gangway allows passengers to walk directly down onto the wharf where a shuttle bus (mini-coach) will collect those who prefer not to walk. This shuttle bus will take passengers directly into the town (and return them) free of charge. A schedule will be provided by your cruise line, but you can expect half-hourly at peak times.
There is a beachfront cafe and a safe swimming beach at the end of the wharf and, if you are walking along the street (Jetty Rd) into town, you will also pass a bakery with excellent pies, pasties and cakes.
There is free Wi-Fi ashore, but you might find it is slow. There are other options, including Telstra Air and fast Wi-Fi at the Moonta Visitor Information Centre in the old Moonta Railway Station where you will buy your transit bus pass for Kadina and Moonta. From there, you can easily see the Wallaroo Town Hall where the transit buses leave from and the ATM is right there.
Good to Know?
Drakes Supermarket, in the small but modern shopping mall, stocks all the essentials you may need.
Summer, when ships visit, can be very hot, so be sure to bring water and sun protection.
On Foot: It's easy to walk around Wallaroo and the satellite villages of Moonta and Kadina, so unless you require frequent rest stops or walk with an aid, don't be afraid to ride 'Shank's Pony' (use one's own legs as a means of transport.)
By Taxi: While there are a couple of taxis operating in Wallaroo and surrounding districts, they may be hard to find on a busy cruise day. You can always call them to enquire (08 8821 3444). Do not expect any of the popular ride-share operators.
By Bus: While it is easy enough to walk around the port precinct in Wallaroo, you will need to purchase a hop-on-hop-off bus pass from the visitor information office in the old Moonta Railway Station to visit Kadina and Moonta. Enquire as soon as you can about the schedule so as to maximise your time at the attractions. Buses leave from in front of the Town Hall where there are also public toilets. Don't worry, there are volunteers everywhere ready to guide you and offer friendly advice.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The local currency is the Australian dollar (AUD). There is an ATM across the street from the post office in the shopping mall, where you can also withdraw cash when making a purchase from traders like Drakes Supermarket.