Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide
exploreeyrepeninsula.com.au | whyalla, iron knob, cowell 20 IRON KNOB 89 kilometres from Kimba map reference T4 Iron Knob, just off the Eyre Highway, is synonymous with the early development of BHP (now BHP Billiton) and the birth of the Australian steel industry. In 1894 the first iron ore deposit was discovered, and the town developed between the sister quarries of Iron Knob and Iron Monarch. These two quarries supplied ore for the Whyalla Steelworks, 52 kilometres away, and over the years other mines (Iron Baron, Iron Prince and Iron Queen) opened in the Middleback Ranges to meet demand. Iron is also mined from Iron Duke, which opened in 1990 about 50 kilometres south of Whyalla. Currently, the Iron Monarch and Iron Princess sister mines have reopened. Facilities at Iron Knob include a golf club and a bowls club. There is a pet-friendly camping ground with waste disposal facilities, a camp kitchen and a Post Office offering refreshments and basic groceries. The tourist centre at the top end of town includes a museum, photograph gallery, mineral and memorabilia display as well as a large range of iron ore jewellery for sale in the souvenir shop. Entry is free and tea and coffee is also available at no charge. You can take a tour of the Iron Knob mine which is located directly behind the town. Knowledgeable guides will also educate you on the history of the area. Take in the views from the top of the varying colours of ore which makes for a great photo opportunity. COWELL 106 kilometres from Whyalla map reference S6 Cowell’s Franklin Harbour, a 48 square kilometre natural harbour with calm, fish-filled waters, has developed a reputation for being one of the best fishing destinations in South Australia, with whiting, snapper, snook, Australian herring (Tommy Ruff), flathead, garfish and squid just some of the catch available. Crabs can be caught night and day in the shallows and oysters are farmed in the harbour. The waters within the harbour and some further offshore are part of Franklin Harbour Marine Park and one of the most important nursery habitats for King George whiting. The boat-launching ramp, deepened boating channel and mangrove boardwalk are popular with anglers, while families and tourists can enjoy sheltered barbecue facilities and the adventure playground. Cowell has magnificent buildings dating back to the late 1800s and is a photographer’s paradise. The thriving town has many dining and accommodation options. A Visitor Information Outlet is located in the Franklin Harbour Institute and is open seven days and includes a variety of local art and craft. The oyster leases in the Franklin Harbour area are a burgeoning commercial industry. Visitors can learn more about the aquaculture industry by taking a tour of Cowell Area School’s aquaculture facility (during school hours). Discovered in the nearby Minbrie Range in 1965, Cowell’s nephrite jade is recognised as the oldest and one of the largest deposits in the world. Souvenirs, cut jade, jewellery and Overnight, short or long term accommodation Superior, Deluxe and Standard Cabins Single Ensuited Rooms Large drive thru sites Camp sites Camp kitchen Free BBQs Pets Welcome Mullaquanna Road, Whyalla 1800 828 012 firstname.lastname@example.org www.whyallacaravanpark.com.au Whyalla Ca ravan Park Iron Knob Tourist Centre Ph: (08) 8646 2129 IRON KNOB Come in and say G’day to the birthplace of Australia’s Steel Industry RV-friendly campground with camp kitchen and public toilets (donation, pets on leash). Knobbie’s Park, with playground, public exercise equipment and public phone. Golf club, Lawn Bowls Club, Post Office and Errappa Blue Light Camp. Visit the Tourist Centre and mining museum (free entry), with short film. Gift shop, ironstone jewellery and mine tours available. Please note: NO FUEL AVAILABLE.