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The small city of Whyalla combines vivid nature-based experiences and views with contrasting industrial history. Starting as a tiny work camp at the base of Hummock Hill in 1901, the camp was a service point for the iron ore jetty constructed by Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP). The settlement then known as ‘Hummock Hill’, gradually expanded until 1914 when Whyalla was proclaimed a town.

HMAS Whyalla was one of sixty Australian Minesweepers built during World War II in Australian shipyards as part of the Commonwealth Government's wartime shipbuilding programme. Commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy Whyalla was built in the city in 1942. The ship steamed some 111,000 miles over 3 years in war service before being sold and renamed in 1946.

Guests will enjoy time ashore to experience the town, explore the history and a planned tour of the steel works of this major industrial port city.

Traditional custodians: Barngala people

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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