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Copper Coast Museums

Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum


Incorporating Wallaroo's early Maritime History.

An extensive display of the romantic days of the Square Rigged Sailing Ships and the largest pictorial display of Sailing Ships in any museum in South Australia.

Wallaroo Smelting Industry, at one time reputed to be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere (1861-1923).

The complete history of Caroline Carleton and the Song of Australia.

Relics and Antiques from the early Postal and Sporting days.

The complete record of all phases depicting the colourful history of Wallaroo.

Home of "George" The Giant Squid.

Souvenirs, Historical Walks and Information.

Admission: Adults $6 Children $3

Opening Times

Mon-Fri. 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday. & Sunday 2 pm - 4 pm

Public Holiday Weekends 10 am - 4 pm

Group Bookings or Enquiries ... Phone: (08) 8823 3015

Farm Shed Museum

... where Yorke Peninsula's prosperity began.

Visit the FARM SHED MUSEUM and find out about the mineral discovery that put Yorke Peninsula on the world map.

The museum, located at the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre in Kadina, brings together some of the fascinating developments and practices of dry land farming. Exhibits show the hardships endured on the land, detailing the process of land clearing, reliving the vital roles of animals on farms and exploring the transition from horse to tractor-powered farming.

You will discover:

  • A way of rural life in South Australia
  • A magnificent collection of vintage tractors.
  • A delightful display highlighting women's contributions to farming.
  • Fascinating stories about local characters
  • An impressive display of farming machinery.
  • More than a century of Australian farming history.
  • One of cereal farming's greatest innovations, the stump-jump plough.

Visitors will also be delighted by Matta House, a mine manager's residence from the 1860s as it stands refurbished in it's original location. Memories of school days gone by will come alive when you enter the 1950s school. You will leave with renewed appreciation of how far the Copper Coast has come, and also an appreciation of the tremendous work and expertise which has gone into creating such high standard displays.

THE FARM SHED MUSEUM is located two kilometres south of the Kadina Post Office on Mines Road.

OPENING TIMES         Land Clearing Display

Monday - Friday                             9 am  -  5 pm

Sat/Sun/Public Holidays                10 am  -  4 pm

Phone 08 8821 2333 or Freecall 1800 654 991


Admission fees apply.

Also check out.....

Ray Robinson Memorial Military Museum


Minister for Veterans' Affairs Alan Griffin cut the ribbon to officially open the Raymond Robinson Memorial Military Museum at the Yorke Peninsula Veterans and Community Centre, on Port Road, Kadina on 1st November 2008.

The late Raymond Robinson was from Fisherman's Bay, and was the second Australian on the ground in Vietnam.

"The highly decorated ex-serviceman served in Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam and his ashes are in our memorial garden," centre spokesperson Mike Rodsted said.

"He was a driving force behind the establishment of this centre and the museum is a fitting memorial."

Around 100 people joined guests at the opening, including Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans' Affairs SA/NT Ian Kelly, National President of the Vietnam Veterans Association Ron Coxon, members of the Veterans Review Board Trina McConnell and Michael Griffin, State Presidents of the Vietnam Veterans Association, ex-Vietnam members of the Australian Army Training Team and former members of the 7th Royal Australian Regiment.

Work began on the museum structure early this year, with funding through Work for the Dole. All contents are from members' personal mementos or loaned from members of the community.

"We are looking for anything militaria to exhibit, which will be held in our registry on loan. This area has such a rich service history. Please don't throw it out. It must be preserved," Mike said.

The museum is openTuesday & Wednesday 9am-3pm.




This museum was built using Government Grants and council assistance and now houses a fine collection of World War 1 and II and Vietnam Military memorabilia. This collection is continually being added to by the work of the centre's restoration workshops and donations from veterans.

For further information about the Veteran's and Community Centre please click the link below,

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Quick Links
51 Taylor Street
PO Box 396
Kadina SA 5554