Prawn Trawler and Crab Boat
Wallaroo is now a fairly quiet place, with a relaxed and pleasant lifestyle, although it becomes noticeably busier during weekends and holiday periods, especially in the warmer weather as holiday makers flock in to enjoy the beaches, fishing, crabbing and squidding. There are enough shops and services to satisfy most people's needs, with Kadina and its larger shopping centre just 7 Kms away providing more options.
Holidaymakers and tourists contribute to Wallaroo's economy. Accommodation suits all tastess and incomes ranging from two highly regarded caravan parks, through guest houses and hotels to luxury waterfront apartments. Retirees, looking for a sea-change also contribute to the economy.
There is a hospital situated at Wallaroo, with a medical clinic in Kadina, and doctors from this practice can be seen at either location, depending on the day in question. (See Health and Safety)
Grain silos lead into the bulk loading system at the jetty
The bustle of the past is truly over, as mining and the associated smelting have long gone. Wallaroo is still an active port, but for outbound goods only. The main cargo is grain from the nearby farming area. Inbound goods nowadays are carried exclusively by road transport. The three jetties have been reduced to one. In contrast to the extensive manual labour of the old days, the cargo is bulk loaded via a gantry from the grain silos, so employs relatively few workers with the result that Wallaroo's population has declined to around 3,000.
Commercial part of the Marina
Still an active port
See also New Developments for things that are changing or about to change in Wallaroo.