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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, excellent history, well worth a visit to the two lookouts. recommended by the Info Centre - very friendly and helpful - also worth visiting.
    Written 16 June 2023
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  • Geoff C
    Rooty Hill, Australia622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited this site at sunrise, but the cloud gods did not play nice. A unique site esp if your an oils and Ken Duncan fan. The farmers cottage is roughly 100+ yrs old and is one of the most photographed sites in Aust.
    Written 12 March 2024
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  • Rush T
    Adelaide, Australia62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to the Burra mining village with a group of overseas visitors. It was the first time any of us had seen a mining village- so it was interesting to see the monster mine, the police lock up, gaol, miners' dugouts etc. It transported us back to a time when people lived with such basic facilities and worked so hard, to make this country what it is now...

    My only quibble is the map that is given at the visitor's centre is not very well sign posted. Even on the gravel roads, some of the signposts had fallen off/faded. So, we missed out on seeing some of the exhibits covered by the heritage passport because we couldn't figure out how to get to them. A bit more site maintenance would make this attraction a more enjoyable experience.
    Written 20 October 2023
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  • SisPerth
    Ballarat, Australia834 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A delightful find – hubby is a mad keen rail enthusiast and this was the perfect place to stay for a few days on a recent road trip. The whole station has been lovingly and beautifully restored and the Porter’s Room accomodation section is just lovely. High ceilings, timber floors, perfect for a couple. The lounge has a slow combustion fire, which we revelled in as the nights were very cool and the rooms were quite cold when we first arrived. There’s also a reverse cycle air conditioner in the lounge and another one in the bedroom so we were quite comfortable. The promised electric blanket didn’t materialise but we survived without it. The only other slight inconvenience is that there is nowhere to hang any clothing. There’s a generous kitchen, a dining room, and laundry facilities. Thoughtfully and thoroughly equipped, we cooked dinner a couple of nights, including a BBQ on the platform using the supplied kettle BBQ, and breakfasts each morning – generous supplies of bread, butter and spreads, cereals, milk, juice were all on hand and included in the tariff. We pottered into the museum next door (aka the rest of the station building) and enjoyed the visit. We had no concerns about noise or privacy from the couple of hours each day that the museum is open. Our favourite times were the late afternoons/early evenings when we retired to the platform with a glass of wine and watched the sun kiss the rails, before sinking below the hills – a magical experience. We would go back and happily spend a week there quite comfortably and there’s plenty to do around beautiful Burra.
    Written 22 October 2023
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  • Maurissa A
    Adelaide, Australia114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Burra is a wonderful town with rich mining history, I spent 5 days and thoriughly enjoyed a re- exploration od its history. The Art Gallery is excellent, lovely artworks and gifts to purchase and friendly volunteer staff
    Written 24 November 2022
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  • jeffryb
    Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Burra Town Hall is a civic centre for the people of Burra. It is an impresssive building. The Town Hall is a credit to the people of Burra, who built it and maintained it over many years. It's a facility that the people of Burra take pride in retaining.
    Written 19 August 2020
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  • Rotiman1
    Sydney, Australia1,625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very helpful woman provided all the information required as we had limited time. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to do the full tour where you are provided with a key to some of the sites She annotated the best things to see and a suggested route. She even provided options on dining.
    Written 27 April 2022
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  • Jenna W
    Adelaide, Australia79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    With the Burra Heritage Passport key, you can enter this historic gaol. I spent an interesting 30 minutes or so wandering around, struck by how desolate and confronting the environment is. Plenty of information posted and some interesting facts and personal tales from Gaol workers and also the characters from the girls reformatory on site after. If you like institutional history or super creepy locations, worth a visit.
    Beware of mannequins!
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,049 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turn off at Peacock's Chimney, following the winding sealed road up the hill. There are two lookouts on the hill... the first one is the Township Lookout. This second one is at the end of the road. This second one is on a sealed road the entire way. Further it has less carparking area than the first because it is more formalised, but has room for both caravans and cars.

    The views are a bit limited with bushes growing in front of the mine, but still you will be able to see it. There are information signs explaining the open cut. The Burra Burra Mine was first worked between 1845 and 1867 as an underground mine to the depth of 183 metres. From 1870 until it closed in 1877 the revolutionary ( at the time) open cut method was used. This was one of the first attempts in Australia to use the open cut method.

    Between 1845 and 1877 the mine produced 50 000 tonnes of copper metal from 700 000 tonnes of ore.
    Written 20 May 2023
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,049 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The township of Burra is an amalgamation of several smaller settlements clustered around the copper mines of the district. All denominations were represented, reflecting the background of the miners and settlers alike. The first Church of England was opened for Divine Worship in 1848. The current building dates from 1879. The organ came in 1905.

    The original church of St Mary’s was located at the junction of Ware and Church Streets in 1849. The South Australian Mining Company donated the current church site. The present St Mary’s Anglican Church was completed in 1879 (two years after the mine’s closure) at a cost of £4,000. It was built by the local firm of Sara & Dunstan to the design by G.F. McLagan, who came to live in Kooringa from Melbourne. The Gothic-style church now contains many memorials to Burra’s long-established families and stained glass memorial windows, two of which are from the original St Mary’s Church.

    I was so surprised to find this church open, and rather delighted as I was able to wander through it and take photos. Because of how it is placed on the side of the hill, there is plenty of carparking available when you drive in... although none of the carparking is formalised, so I imagine it's a bit messy at events.

    Well worth stopping to look around if you are in Burra.
    Written 20 May 2023
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  • Tracey T
    Encounter Bay, Australia66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s so important to see the conditions that early settlers endured. A visit to the dugouts will make you appreciate what you have. Sadly they seem to require a little attention to ensure they will remain for future visitors.
    Written 6 October 2022
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  • C...
    Victoria, Australia65,049 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The turn off to this memorial is near Peacock's Chimney - I have visited it a few years ago before it was on TripAdvisor with my Uncle. This time I was solo when I visited.

    Follow the winding road up the hill and you will see it's marked, it is the first lookout as you go up ( on your right) - the road leading in is dirt, so care does need to be paid, BUT it's accessible for all vehicles with plenty of carparking space.

    There are information boards at the site explaining that Burra was once the mining township of Kooringa. By 1851 it had become a collection of towns known as the Burra with a population of 5000. Prior to the discovery of gold in Australia it was the seventh largest town in Australia... and also the largest inland centre.

    Kooringa means 'locality of sheoaks' in Aboriginal.

    The lookout should be a must visit if you are in town to give you an idea of what those first peoples saw in the region. Sweeping hills and valleys it is very pretty.
    Written 20 May 2023
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