The overview of Whyalla and diving logistics associated with a trip to South Australia for the annual cuttlefish aggregation is really straightforward. Because there is only one dive shop in town, it’s called Whyalla Diving Services and is run by Tony Bramley. Who is the person that has probably than any other single individual to protect this special and quite unique occurrence!
Tony is a really genuine guy and I have always found him to be very helpful. The first time I went to Whyalla he told me when to come down to catch the Giant Australian Cuttlefish at their best.
Then when I landed, he said just come round to the shop and he would sort me out from there with air, weights, directions and general safety.
That was exactly what happened and I had four great days with the cuttlefish. Followed by a couple of days at the weekend with some local divers Tony introduced me to.
They showed me some other sites and we have remained friends to this day.
That’s country Australia for you – down to earth good people who will go out of their way to help if they reckon you are “fair dinkum”
The third largest town in the state of South Australia, Whyalla sits at the top of the Spencer Gulf. And is about 4 hours drive, or a a 45 minute flight to the state capital of Adelaide.
Home to about 22,000 people it has a long history of supporting industry in a fairly remote location. And has had its highs and lows over the years, but is currently on a partial low I think. It has a great spirit and a lot of hard-working, down to earth, people so I think it will bounce back.
If you have never been to country Australia – you should, as it’s a whole different thing to the big cities!
- For more information on Whyalla and the general area check out the Whyalla Visitor Guide
- Whyalla is served by both Qantas and Regional Express
- There is a pretty reasonable selection of places to stay in Whyalla and the following link should help you decide: Whyalla Accommodation