Wallaroo is the last town in the triangle that makes up the ‘cooper triangle’ Wallaroo is the poorer cousin community when compared particularly Kanida; just 8 k away. Quite strange really!!!! That aside Wallaroo is an important partner being the major port for wheat and copper exports.
Matthew Flinders was the first European to visit the location; on 15 March 1802 when he sailed by he recorded that "the immediate coast ... which extends several leagues to the north of the point, is low and sandy.
Wallaroo settlement was established on Wallaroo Bay by 1861 and was proclaimed as a town in 1862
The name "Wallaroo" comes from the Aboriginal word 'Wadlu Waru' meaning wallaby’s urine. The early settlers tried to copy the aboriginals by calling it Walla Waroo, however they found this too big to stamp on the wool bales, so they shortened it to Wallaroo.