Moonta Mines Museum

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Interested in Cornish copper mining history and heritage – then welcome to the National Trust of South Australia Moonta Branch!

Moonta forms a unique and important part of the Cornish mining heritage of Australia, and a visit to Moonta and the Moonta Mines State Heritage Area will ensure an educational and informative experience whatever your interests.

Moonta is situated on Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, approximately a two hour drive north from Adelaide’s CBD. In the mid 1800s it had the richest copper mines in the country. Falling copper prices caused closure of most of them in 1923 but fortunately much of the infrastructure remained.

The Moonta Branch of National Trust SA was established in 1964 to preserve the local mining history, buildings and artifacts and to conserve the heritage listed Moonta Mines area for future generations. From humble beginnings the branch has grown to become one of the largest in SA and its dedicated band of volunteers now look after seven different venues.

Fully customised tours and flexible group bookings are available through the National Trust at the Moonta Tourist Office – Phone (08) 8825 1891.

If you wish to enjoy some time at the beach or fishing at Port Hughes or Moonta Bay jetties, or just relaxing, you may wish to extend your holiday by a few days in a variety of cosy, family or luxury accommodation and still visit the historic venues!