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Wallaroo Marina

A recent change to Wallaroo was the building of the Wallaroo Marina, more properly named Copper Cove Marina, which is almost one third the size of the original town. This was a huge project, demonstrating high confidence in the town's future. A large proportion of the residential blocks have direct water access with their own pontoons. Home building has been enthusiastic since completion, and now over half of the blocks have houses on them, with a steady stream of new building starts. 

For those without suitable water frontage, or for visiting boats, there are berths in the main marina basin which can be bought outright, or rented by the day, week or month. There are also commercial berths nearer the entrance to  Spencer Gulf.

There is a modern hotel on the marina basin which serves meals, with fabulous views from the dining areas, over the marina and nearby North Beach. Adjoining the hotel are the Marina Apartments, an ideal place to stay for a holiday or an overnight. Available for holiday rentals are a number of beautiful marina properties, most of which are on the waterways, with their own pontoons. Imagine a holiday where you only have to launch your boat once, and then keep it immediately available, tied to the pontoon at your holiday house until it is time to go home.

Launching and retrieving are at a sheltered four lane launch ramp within the marina, and there is plenty of water depth once launched. You won't be aground after launching at Wallaroo.

Every year, there is a "Marina Festival" to promote the Marina. Live music, entertainment, seafood, and boat displays are among the items featured. It is intended that this will be a regular event.

Another road in the marina which is named after a sailing ship is Falie Ave. The Falie now resides in Port Adelaide, where attempts to restore it to seaworthiness have failed due to a lack of finance. It is a 46 metre ketch, which first entered South Australian waters in 1923, and served until 1982, when she was retired from commercial service. Falie was commissioned into Royal Naval service during World War 2. When on duty patrolling Sydney Harbour on the night of May 31, 1942, she hit an underwater obstruction where none should have been. It is believed that it was one of three Japanese midget submarines which entered the harbour to attack shipping. 

A tall ship which is still a regular visitor to Wallaroo is the  One and All  which has a totally different story. Although based on a brigantine of the 1850's, this ship, seen to the right at the 2009 Marina Festival, was purpose built as a sail training ship, and was launched in 1985. She was built to modern standards required by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The purpose of this ship is to provide youth development opportunities.

A footnote to the above - The company running the One and All is currently in liquidation, and the future of this vessel is not assured.

The Marina Today

Marina entrance and part of the main basin
The marina entrance
Prawn trawlers wait to go to work
The launching ramp is secure and protected
Aerial view of the marina in 2009
Marina basin and hotel
Marina festival 2009
Tall ship

The Marina Under Construction

Marina construction with water in some channels
First stages of marina construction
Marina construction

The Marina Under Construction

The marina just completed in 2003
2003
2009
Housing on the marina is developing quickly
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Marina Festival 2009

More information about the marina, is available on the Copper Cove Marina website.

Tall Ships Remembered

Some of the roads within the marina are named after tall ships which carried cargo to and from Wallaroo in the past. Pommern Way and Pamir Ct are named after the respective vessels bearing these names. Both of these were four masted Barques, and although the Pamir  was lost in a hurricane, the  Pommern  still survives as a floating museum in Mariehamn, Finland, after serving her entire operational life without the loss of a single crew member.

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