The Stranded Shingle Beach Ridges at Fitzgerald Bay are being recognised as a State Heritage Place.
The Cultana Jenkins Shack-Owners Association says the heritage listing is truly a big win for Whyalla’s northern coastline.
The ridges have been listed for their geological significance, and are believed to date back to an era more than 10,000 years ago.
The heritage listing is part of a project to protect the Stranded Shingle Beach Ridges, which have been damaged due to inappropriate vehicle use.
The project goal is to save the distinctive geological feature, which is the only one of its kind in Australia.
Environment Minister Ian Hunt says the listing for Fitzgerald Bay reinforces its place as a significant destination for nature-based tourism year-round.