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KADINA (148 km from Adelaide)

The Copper Coast towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo are collectively known as Australia's Little Cornwall, due to the large settlement of Cornish copper miners who lived in the region after copper was discovered near Kadina in 1859. The Cornish heritage became integral to the local culture, and is still celebrated every second year during the Kernewek Lowender (Cornish Festival).

Kadina (aboriginal meaning Lizard Plain) is the largest town on the Yorke Peninsula, and is a thriving commercial centre. It has a population exceeding 5000 people, and plenty to see and do. To accommodate the growing population and visitors, the town is undergoing a transformation to make shopping more enjoyable.

The town centre is being revitalised with new roads and footpaths providing improved pedestrian safety and traffic flow with a modern look.

Motorists can now navigate the main CBD via a square of one-way roads - Graves Street, Hallett Street, Taylor Street and Goyder Street.

These former two-lane streets are now one wide single lane, allowing more space for people pulling out of carparks as well as shorter distances for pedestrians to cross the roads.

Roads in the outer CBD allow travel in both directions including on Frances Tce where there is now ample carparking.

Frances Terrace includes the Woolworths supermarket at one end of the CBD, and the new Aldi supermarket at the other. Aldi's arrival in the town hub is expected to provide a further boost for the modernised, vibrant shopping district.

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On your way along Frances Terrace, or the main highway which runs paralell, you will notice a brilliant new mural (picture above) painted on the Kadina water tower. This piece features nods to the town's history including mining and the rail system, which the water tower formerly serviced.

Apart from the shopping hub there is more to see and do than ever. Kadina Apex Club is leading the way with it's Walk in the Trees play equipment project in Victoria Square, on the edge of the CBD across from the post office and police station. 

Walk in the Trees is an elevated adventure playground, allowing children to play among the treetops in a safe yet exciting setting. It opened in December 2018 and will complement the existing playground nearby, which features extensive equipment as well as the Apex Express train centrepiece.

Families looking for more activities can visit the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre which features an indoor play cafe with slides, a ball pit, climbing equipment, interactive projections and more. Miniture train rides and tours of the extensive museum are also on offer, and watch out for thecoming attraction - mini golf.

Work is starting on a mini golf course at the tourism centre in the near future so visit or call to enquire. As if all this progress wasn't enough, the Kadina based Copper Coast Sport & Leisure Centre (pictured above) has also had a major upgrade.

The centre now boasts a three-court indoor stadium, a fourth show court, a new gym, squash courts and much more. It also features an outdoor playground and two outdoor courts available 24/7 and is alongside the town oval as well as the skate park.

Kadina is growing and offering more for visitors all the time - check it out for yourself.

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Historic limestone buildings include the Kadina Town Hall, local banks, churches and other buildings. Attractions in the town include The Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre, which is a fascinating display of all things to do with Kadina's first 150 years. It includes Matta House, the old mine managers residence and now the centrepiece of the museum complex, which also houses historic farm machinery, the blacksmith shop, mine site, "Her Side of the Story", the Kadina Story, and much more.


Ascot Theatre KadinaThe Ascot Theatre building has been developed to incorporate a cultural centre and gallery which houses the Kernewek Lowender Art Collection, a second venue for rotating art and craft displays and exhibitions, and a craft co-operative retail outlet. Upstairs during the school holidays and over the weekends, Statewide Cinema show the latest release movies.


The Wallaroo Mines (where copper was first discovered) is a 'suburb' of Kadina, along with Jerusalem, Jericho and Newtown. A few relics of the copper mining industry remain, along with many old limestone cottages, still lived in today.

The dominant feature of the mines is Harvey's Pump House, a towering three storey building. Lesser ruins give the mine an intriguingly different character from the better preserved workings at Moonta and provide a fascinating insight into the history of the region. Bed and Breakfast mining cottages provide the tourists with a unique cultural experience.

A feature of the town is Victoria Square, the home of the new Walk in the Trees playground (details above). This beautiful shady parkland, also features a playground, a new amenities block, bbq facilities, historic rotunda which still used on a regular basis, and public amenities. It is also the location of the monthly Rotary Markets.

Several books on Kadina have been published by local historian Keith Bailey, and these include "James Boors Bonanza", "The Wallaroo Mine", "Copper City Chronicle", "Brass amongst the Copper", "Kadina-A Second Look" and "Cornets on the Copperfields".

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51 Taylor Street
PO Box 396
Kadina SA 5554