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MOONTA (167kms from Adelaide)                         


Originally named Tiparra, copper was discovered at Moonta in 1861, by shepherd Patrick Ryan. By 1870, only the capital city of Adelaide exceeded the population of Moonta (over 10,000). Today the population is around 4200 people.

Moonta, historic Moonta Mines and Moonta Bay are well known today as a tourist destination, whether it be to discover the fascinating heritage of the town or appreciate the lifestyle of the beach and fishing scene.

The National Trust Museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, and portrays the early life of this Cornish mining community. Across the road is the tiny little Sweet Shop, offering all sorts of goodies, from old fashioned favourites, to modern day lines. A wattle and daub miners cottage is displayed in the 19th century style, and is enhanced by the old style garden. The Moonta Mines Methodist Church, still used for services, is regularly open to the public, and is filled to capacity during the heritage service each Kernewek Lowender. A little tourist train runs regular services from the Moonta Mines Museum, around the old mine sites.




Moonta Tourist Office
Old Railway Station
Blanche Terrace Moonta

For enquiries & bookings
Phone: 88251891
Fax:     88251711 


Today, Moonta depends on seasonal influxes of tourists who are attracted to the coastal beauty of Moonta Bay and Port Hughes.

The sea-change retirees, the beach loving families, and the sea fishers make up the many holidaymakers who often become permanent residents.

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51 Taylor Street
PO Box 396
Kadina SA 5554