Whyalla is located on the western shore of upper Spencer Gulf, at 394 km/244 mi in the northwest of Adelaide, in South Australia. Dolphins and bird-life often frequent the waters, while the rocky coastline is a popular destination for fishing and scuba diving.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Scuba Diving in Ardrossan Barge, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia Australia
The Ardrossan Barge measured 140 ft/42.6 m in length, 26 ft/7.9 m width, 13.5 ft/4.1 m depth and had a capacity of 450 cubic yards. The steel barge had 9 watertight compartments and 6 sets of hopper doors, which were originally opened by hand but later converted to hydraulic operation.
The barge had been used to dump spoil from dredging operations in Port Adelaide and most major out-ports, but became surplus to requirements after the commissioning of two self-propelled barges in 1978. On April 11th, 1984 the motorized barge Denis O’Malley towed No. 5 dumb hopper barge to a site one nautical mile south of the Zanoni shipwreck.
The spot is recommended only for advanced scuba-divers who should also keep an eye out for great white sharks, which are common visitors when the snapper run is at its peak.