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“better than expected” 4 of 5 stars
Review of OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks Tour

OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks Tour
Whyalla Visitor Centre, Whyalla, South Australia, Australia
08 8645 7900
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Ranked #3 of 5 Attractions in Whyalla
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Canberra
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“better than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

The fact that you spend two hours in a minibus doesn't sound very exciting, but the tour is worthwhile, if quite expensive.

Visited November 2013
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Whyalla, Australia
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“must do”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Here is an opportunity to see how people live and work in an industry unfamiliar to most people. The tour explains all about steel making and you see some really spectacular sights when the coke is pushed or the iron is pored from the blast furnace or you are lucky enough to see a steel bar being rolled. A must do when in Whyalla.

Visited November 2013
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Valuable insight into the steel industry.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Operates at 0930 hrs Monday - Wednesday - Friday from the Whyalla Visitors Centre. A mini-bus tour, you are on the bus all the time due to safety reasons. The driver tells you the history of Whyalla, how the iron industry commenced, followed by the building of their own smelter, and the establishment of the shipyard at the start of WW2 with the building of HMAS Whyalla. The driver tries to take you around the site in order that the process occurs and tries to time stops with the pouring of molten steel from the smelter, coke being forced out of the coke ovens and steel ingots coming out of the ovens for processing. The driver did try to stop so that both sides could view points from their own sides. The tour was about 1 1/4 hrs and was a very interesting tour. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Interesting tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Joined the mini bus with 16 other like minded travellers and enjoyed an informative and interesting tour of the steel works, Given that this tour is conducted entirely in the bus due to safety reasons it did a reasonably good job in showing/explaining the functions of the site. For a complete novice to this type of industry (myself) I found it very good if a little confusing at times. I had no trouble seeing out both sides of the vehicle and plenty of time was given at the stops for questions. Would recommend it especially as it connects so well with the history of this lovely town of Whyalla.

Visited April 2013
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“Good if you haven't seen similiar - in vehicle only tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Sit on kerb side of vehicle as driver describes buildings on this side mostly and other side can't see or get photos and later have no idea what building did what. For those interested in manufacturing industry. Not allowed out of vehicle tour. Suggest that tourists be given a take home sketch of the areas they pass.

Visited January 2013
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