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Population 976

The Burra region exploded into activity when copper was found by two shepherds in 1845. Settlements were established based on the miners' country of origin: Aberdeen for the Scottish, Hampton for the English, Redruth for the Cornish and Llwchwr for the Welsh. The combined settlement grew to be the second largest in South Australia, but the miners were fickle – with riches promised on the Victorian goldfields, they did not stay for long. In 1877 the Monster Mine closed. Luckily, Burra did not turn into a ghost town. Instead, the rich heritage of its past has been carefully preserved by the community, resulting in the town being declared a State Heritage Area in 1993. Burra is in the Bald Hill Ranges, named for the 'naked' hills around the town.

Visitor Information

2 Market Sq; (08) 8892 2154 or 1300 775 540


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In Town

Burra Heritage Passport This 'passport' allows visitors to discover the major heritage sites of Burra – armed with an unlimited-access 'key' and a brief history of each site outlined in the pamphlet Discovering Historic Burra. Included in the passport is the Burra Historic Mine Site (off Market St), with an ore dressing tower and powder magazine offering views of the open-cut mine and town. At the site is Morphetts Enginehouse Museum (additional entry fee), featuring an excavated 30 m entry tunnel and engine displays. Another site is the Burra Creek Miners' Dugouts (alongside Blyth St) – these dugouts cut into the creek beds housed 1800 people in the boom. Visit the Unicorn Brewery Cellars (Bridge Tce) that date back to 1873, the police lock-up and stables (Tregony St) – these were the first built outside Adelaide – and Redruth Gaol (off Tregony St), which served as a gaol, then a girls reformatory from 1856 to 1922. You can also visit the ruins of a private English township called Hampton, on the northern outskirts of town. Passports are available from the visitor centre and can be upgraded to provide access to the town's museums.

Bon Accord Mine Complex: National Trust interpretive centre with working forge and model of Burra Mine. Guided tours available; closed Mon and Fri; Railway Tce.

Market Square Museum: an old-style general store, post office and family home returned to its heyday; opposite visitor centre.

Malowen Lowarth Cottage: restored 1850s Cornish miners cottage; Kingston St.

Art Gallery: local and touring exhibitions; Market St.

Thorogoods: enjoy some of Australia's best apple wine and cider; John Barker St.

Antique shops: in Commercial and Market sts.

Burra Creek: canoeing and picnicking.


Burra Trail Rides: horseriding adventures in Bald Hills Range; bookings 0427 808 402.

Burra Gorge: picnics, camping and walking tracks around gorge and permanent springs; 23 km SE.

Dares Hill Drive: scenic 90 km drive with lookout; begins 30 km N near Hallett; map available from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 89 km

Elderton Wines near Nuriootpa is a carbonneutral winery. Its cellar door is partially solar-powered and the vineyard is using biodynamic methods of production. Yalumba in Angaston has three organic wines and an... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Burra Bakery

No visit to this historic mining town would be complete without tucking into a homemade Cornish pastie. Prized by miners, they feature a hallmark crimp of pastry on top that traditionally served as handle for grubby... Find out more

Burra Hotel

This pub – one of four in the town – is a grand two-storey affair with a full-length upstairs balcony. Dating from 1847, it was originally known as the Miner’s Arms. As well as being a historic... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 34 km

History has turned full circle for the Clare Valley’s Enterprise Brewery, which ceased beer-making operations in 1916, but was revived for its original purpose in 2006. In between time, this gorgeous sandstone... Find out more

Campsites around town

Mallee camping area 15 km

Striking red cliffs are a feature of this camping spot in open mallee country, 15 km east of Burra. Follow the signpost from Eastern Rd, and come equipped with firewood and preferably a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 19 km

Mighty river red gums feature in this extensive reserve on Robertson Rd, 26 km south from Burra on the Heysen Trail. After winter rains the creek environment is a lush habitat for birds and other wildlife. It’s a... Find out more

Auburn Caravan Park 45 km

This small park is in Auburn, the historic gateway town to the Clare Valley at the start of the popular Riesling Trail, on Saddleworth Rd, next to the oval and recreation grounds. Follow the sign from the Mid North Rd.... Find out more

Bunyip Park camping area 50 km

Off the beaten track, Koolunga is a quiet farming town north of Clare. It’s a handy overnight stop for north-bound travellers and, as the site’s name suggests, the town is also renowned for sightings of the... Find out more

White Cliffs Reserve 51 km

Come to White Cliffs for pleasant camping beside the Broughton River with its reed-fringed waterholes and stately river gums. You’ll find it on Yacka Rd, 6 km east of Koolunga. Bring firewood and water, and... Find out more

Curnow’s Hut camping area 52 km

This restored 3-bedroom stone hut is in the south of the forest, 15 km south of Jamestown off Bundaleer Gardens Rd. You need to book, as the camping area is padlocked. Bring water and preferably a gas/fuel stove. Camping... Find out more

Redhill Recreation Ground 67 km

This overnight highway stop on the outskirts of the small farming town of Redhill is 50 km south of Port Pirie. It’s just off the Princes Hwy along an access road to the west of the train line.... Find out more

Morgan camping area (bush camping) 81 km

There is peaceful bush camping at this site (permits required), accessed by ferry from Morgan or via Cadell Rd on the eastern side of the river. There is also plenty of birdlife on display.... Find out more

Appila Springs camping area 86 km

A time-honoured traveller’s stop 8 km north-east of Appila, this camping area is in the rolling farm country of the mid-north. Though on one of the region’s backroads, it’s central to several historic... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Burra Caravan and Camping Park 1 km

This picturesque park is situated alongside a creek just two minutes walk from the centre of Burra, an historic mining town. The park has good basic facilities and plenty of large shady trees. It is an excellent base... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 76 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Peterborough Caravan Park 77 km

This is a tidy park located off the main road in a quiet part of town, adjacent to the town’s swimming pool. The park has modern amenities and is conveniently positioned for an overnight stop between Broken Hill... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Birch Cottage

A private and restful residence within walking distance to the heart of town, Birch Cottage has two bedrooms, a dining room and a sitting room with a slow-combustion fire. Out the back there’s a complete kitchen... Find out more

Burra Heritage Cottages

This row of six snug bluestone cottages dates back to 1856 and Burra’s glory days of mining. Originally crafted in the signature style of Cornish stonemasons, each offers relaxed, self-contained accommodation in a... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mount Bryan rest area 14 km

At Mt Bryan

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the hotel.

Baldina rest area 20 km

21km SE of Burra (L) or 64km NW of Morgan (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Burra Creek Gorge camping area 21 km

T/O 16km SE of Burra (R) or 69km NW of Morgan (L)

Secluded bush setting on the banks of the creek 11km south-east of the highway. Donations accepted.

Spalding park area 35 km

At Spalding

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Hanson rest area 43 km

13km S of Burra (L) or 28km N of Manoora (R)

Just off the highway among a stand of pine trees. 

Winkler park area 49 km

2km S of Saddleworth (L) or 7km N of Riverton (R)

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.

Riverton rest area 58 km

At Riverton

Just off the highway among trees. On the south side of town.

Georgetown park area 60 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Snowtown North rest area 67 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Tarlee park area 68 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Gladstone park area 70 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Lake Lochiel rest area 76 km

82km S of Warnertown (L) or 33km N of Port Wakefield (R)

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

Laura park area 80 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Truro East Rest Area 84 km

1 km E of Truro (L) or 45 km W of Blanchetown (R)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees. Good shade.

Oodla Wirra South rest area 86 km

3km S of Oodla Wirra (R) or 31km N of Terowie (L)

Just off the highway among trees. 

Moppa Road rest area 87 km

29km NE of Gawler (L) or 3km W of Nuriootpa (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

What's on around town

Jailhouse Rock Festival: Feb.

Music in the Monster Mine: Mar.

Antique and Decorating Fair: May.

Burra Show: Oct.

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