Next to the visitor centre, the Whyalla Maritime Museum includes the HMAS Whyalla, allegedly the largest landlocked ship in Australia (who keeps track of these things?). In 1941, the Whyalla was the first ship built at the Whyalla Shipyard, which closed 1978 and constructing 66 ships. Tours dig into wartime, maritime and natural history.

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