Moonta’s Attractions…

Apart from enjoying the sheer opulence of Amelia’s Bed and Breakfast, there’s a mother lode of interesting things to do in this historic seaside mining town.

Visitors to Moonta love:

  • Enjoying pristine beaches with swimming and great fishing.
  • Exploring crystal-clear rookpools.
  • Walking the long jetty, especially at sunset.
  • Enjoying one of Amelia’s delicious platters on the beach.
  • Grabbing the Discovering Historic Moonta guidebook from the old railway station and driving the 16 kilometre Heritage Trail.Taking the 50-minute narrow gauge railway tour of the old Moonta copper mines.
  • Learning about the town’s early days at Moonta Mines Museum in a school built in 1878.
  • Raiding the yummy Moonta Mines old-style sweet shop.
  • Experiencing a restored 1870s miner’s cottage.

Near By Delights

Moonta, a great place to escape the city rat race, is the gateway to numerous seaside gems including great charter fishing.

5 mins from the Greg Norman designed ‘The Dunes’ Golf Course

And it’s within easy reach of the famous Clare Valley and Barrossa Valley wine regions.

Here’s more detail about Moonta:

  • Moonta forms the bottom town of the Copper Triangle, with visits well worthwhile to the nearby “sister” towns of Kadina and seaside Wallaroo.
  • Kadina’s The Farm Shed, run by the National Trust, has half a hectare of undercover interpretive displays on local farming and mining.
  • Wallaroo’s award-winning Heritage and Nautical Museum, also run by the National Trust, deals largely with maritime heritage.
  • A day tour of Yorke Peninsula south of Moonta should include the pretty towns of Ardrossan, Port Vincent, Stansbury, Edithburgh and Innes National Park
  • The Clare Valley is home of almost 40 welcoming cellar doors producing some of Australia’s finest wine, led by world-famous riesling.
  • The old copper town of Burra is unique and fascinating, offering a Museum Pass with key so you can explore a series of historic buildings and museums.

Local History

Surrounded by stunning seaside vistas, history-proud Moonta was founded with the 1861 discovery, initially in a wombat burrow, of rich copper deposits and it became South Australia’s second-biggest town.

The mines were largely operated by Cornish miners, and Moonta is today tagged “Australia’s Little Cornwall,” with no visit complete without sampling a mouth-watering Cornish pasty.

The town has a strong National Trust presence and celebrates its history with Kernewek Lowender, the world’s biggest Cornish festival.

The mining precinct is a protected State Heritage Area. Train tours are offered around the site, and the National Trust’s Moonta Mines Museum is fascinating.