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Things to Do in Moonta

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  • nonn
    Sydney, Australia505 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is in the old school building and has all the history of the mines and schooling. It was very interesting to go through it. It cost $8 per adult. Worth it
    Written 19 October 2023
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  • Kris A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a great experience for the kids and we enjoyed watching there happy faces as they zoomed down the slide even I had a few goes can’t wait to come back here next summer:)
    Written 7 January 2024
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  • robyn e
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Gateway to Darwin and beyond discover Moonta Mines via the Railway, Wallaroo and Kadina on long weekend, great getaway
    Written 31 May 2022
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  • Hannah S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took a romantic stroll around the garden before going and seeing the view from the dirt mounds across the road.

    Very beautiful garden would love to see it lit up at night 😍
    Written 2 March 2022
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  • Melanie
    Adelaide, Australia159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome extra long jetty with plenty of room for fishing...and a safe swimming area attached with shark net and pontoons...great for swimming...plus a shelter to escape the suns rays or rain...an asset to Moonta bay
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Boofa
    McLaren Flat, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its was a great beach to walk on with the family, to just in enjoy the peaceful sounds of the waves. There was picture rest views where in every direction. It would be great to walk at sunset if you got the chance that’s our plan next time.
    Written 10 October 2021
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  • nilintentum_reliquit
    Melbourne, Australia2,632 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Copper Visitor Centre in Kadina has both easy walking and driving heritage trails for delightful Moonta full of history.
    Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.
    Written 7 January 2021
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  • Anita T
    Melbourne, Australia349 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    June, the guide, told us all about the history of the church, how it was built by Cornish miners who came to Australia to find copper.
    A most impressive building.
    Written 30 May 2021
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  • Tony W
    Darwin, Australia2,379 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute paradise. The jetty is a feature for tourists or fishermen. The water is pristine with pure white sand and an abundance of sea life. A great general store, caravan park and tavern on offer as well.
    Written 29 December 2022
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  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moonta was once a prosperous copper mining area. Legend has it that a prospector fossicking for copper looked down a wombat hole and found copper. There is now a life-sized statue of two wombats in the centre of Moonta. Wombats are indigenous borrowing animals, about the size of a small pig, Many of the miners were from Cornwall, that had mined tin since Roman times. They were known as "Cousin Jacks." Many people in South Australia are descended from these Cornish miners.
    Written 17 June 2021
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  • branham2016
    Adelaide, Australia6,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This started it all in Moonta. In 1861, a couple of wombats dug up some copper ore and Patrick Ryan noted it. From there developed the massive copper mining industry in and around Moonta.

    What is left is an amazing testament to these pioneer miners. The infosignage provides a wealth of information both historically and what is now able to be seen. What staggered me was the shaft that would have been dug using pick and shovel. Now a home to the pigeons!

    The huge pile of tailings, more a mountain than a pile! Really worthwhile taking a walk through the area. Make sure you have water with you and a good pair of walking shoes.
    Written 28 March 2024
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  • branham2016
    Adelaide, Australia6,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is like walking around a small town with all the differing components forming a community to achieve a goal. Richmans operated from 1869 until the mine closed in 1923.

    The plant crushed and concentrated the ore from nearby shafts. The waste, known as tailings, was dumped behind the engine and now is a lookout over the town. Although when we were there, a safety warning “proceed at your own risk – keep to the path.” I did not go to the top. Maybe next time.

    The site is well laid out and infosignage available throughout the walk. I found this fascinating especially given that technology was non-existent in the 1860s yet the architecture is amazing. The man-hours that would have gone into building by hand the various sections needed would have been incredible. Signage telling what each section is very clear.

    I am glad we took the opportunity to view Richmans Walk. Car parking is at the front of the property and there no facilities on site.
    Written 28 March 2024
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  • branham2016
    Adelaide, Australia6,197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hughes Enginehouse was established in 1865 and named after Walter Watson Hughes, the founder of the Moonta Mining Company. It is probably the best laid out and signed of all the Enginehouse walks in Moonta.

    Smiths Shaft is named after another well-known South Australian personality. Robert Barr Smith who was a partner in Elder Smith & Co who financed the Wallaroo Moonta Copper Mines in 1859.

    Hughes Enginehouse even had stables around 1865. The walk is clearly defined and at each structure or ruin an infosignage gives the information about what it is you are looking at. At one stage whilst walking over a pathway, the stones had the distinct green tarnish of copper. The site is in the Moonta Mines National Heritage Area.

    The Enginehouse is visible from the car park but the enjoyment comes with the information in the details available only on the walk. There are no facilities at the site. Wear suitable walking shoes and a bottle of water or two. There are no charges to enter the site.
    Written 28 March 2024
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  • Sairz
    Gunnedah, Australia44 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our 2.5 yr old and 3.5yr old loved the train ride, especially the two tunnels/bridges. The speaker in each carriage plays the pre recorded audio which gave a great history lesson.
    Written 25 January 2024
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  • branham2016
    Adelaide, Australia6,197 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    At first glance it looks like someone calling to others across the park. Then a realization that this is a statue. Time to explore.

    The life size statue in uniform is one of Moonta’s own. Born in Moonta Mines in 1890 and rising through the ranks of the Australian Airforce after he became the first Australian military pilot on 12 November 1914. The sculpture commemorates Air Marshall Sir Richard Williams, known as the Father of the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.).

    Next to the sculpture is a large granite rock bearing a plaque which outlines his impressive life and achievements. It was dedicated in November 2021.

    While wandering through Queen Square, it is a moment to reflect on this man’s life and his contribution to Australia.
    Written 27 March 2024
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