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Copper Coast Museums

Copper Coast Museums


SOMETHING DIFFERENT! - A MUST TO VISIT! - 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.WM

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

Open every day 10 am to 4 pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday).

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


... 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.

Entrance costs are:

  • Adults - $12.00  Children $3.00. (Under School Age: Free)
  • Family (2+3): $30
  • National Trust Members: Free


Monday - Friday                             9am  -  5pm

Sat/Sun/Public Holidays                10am  -  4pm

Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Phone 08 8821 2333 or Freecall 1800 654 991




The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School. Erected in 1878, this building now houses thematic displays on the Cornish miners' lifestyles - mining, lodges and friendly societies, sports and pastimes, death and hardship; extensive displays of costume, china, silverware, photographs and memorabilia and a classroom furnished c1900.

Open Daily 1pm to 4pm (non school holidays or public holidays)

Open 11am to 4pm (SA School Holidays and Public Holidays)

Cost $8 Adult and $4 Children
Phone: (08) 8825 1891


Located in the School of Mines, Ellen Street, Moonta. Historians can help you research family or local history. Some of the archived records date back to the early mining days.

Open: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday, 1pm-4pm


Venue closed if 37⁰ or above.



The southern portion of this building was erected as a Baptist Church in 1866.

The adjacent residence is the original Baptist Manse.

Admission to the Moonta School of Mines is $5 per adult and includes this special display, opening hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm. The church was purchased by the government in 1891 and converted for use as a School of Mines, the first outside Adelaide.


Venue closed if 37⁰ or above.



Erected in 1865, this housed a 60 inch (1.52m) Cornish beam pumping engine, which operated until the mine closed in 1923.  It pumped water from the adjacent shaft to a depth of 366 metres and from Taylors shaft, about 300 metres to the north, to a depth of 768 metres.

Open:   Daily

For further information please visit the Moonta Railway Tourist Office or the Farm Shed Visitor Information Centre in Kadina.

VIC Contact number: 8821 2333


A 50 minute round trip by narrow gauge rail passes the reservoir, ore sorting floors & through a tunnel in Ryans Tailings Heap.

It visits the former Precipitation Works for an inspection of the story of copper recovery.

Departs from Museum Car Park

Open:   Wednesday  2pm

Saturday & Sunday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

SA School Holidays, Long Weekends & Public Holidays  Daily 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm

*In HOT Weather the train will run at the driver's discretion. December School Holiday times don't start until 26th December.

Adults $12.00 Children $5.00 



Richmans was designed and erected by Frederick May as a hauling, pumping and crushing plant in 1869 and was in use continually for the crushing and concentrating of the ore until the mines closed in 1923.  The skimping burrow (tailing heap) nearby is 60 feet (20m) high and from the top a view of the whole district can be obtained.

Open:  Daily

For further information please visit the Moonta Railway Tourist Office or the Farm Shed Visitor Information Centre in Kadina.

VIC Contact number: 8821 2333



Built c1870, this cottage in the mines settlement is typically Cornish and furnished by the National Trust to pre-1900 period.  The characteristic stick fence surrounds a picturesque heritage garden.

Open:  Wed, Sat, Sun - 1.30pm-4pm
Public & School Holidays - 1.30pm-4pm

Venue closed if 37⁰ or above.



This was the former Moonta Mines Post Office built in 1946 and operated until the mid 70's.

A shop was set up un 1979 and the building was upgraded by the National Trust in 1998.

It sells a large range of old-fashioned sweets and drinks.

Open:  Daily    10am-4pm

Verran Tce, Moonta Mines, 5558

Phone: (08) 8825 1891



The building was erected by Gambling & Son and opened in 1909.  It is now the home of the Moonta Tourist Office and also houses an extensive display of old photographs depicting life in Moonta in the 1800's.

A large range of souvenirs & gifts are available.

The German WW1 trophy gun presented to the people of Moonta has a special display in the grounds.

Ample car, coach & caravan parking.

AddressBlanche Terrace, Moonta SA 5558
Hours: 9AM - 5PM Daily

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.

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 open Tuesday & 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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