Kapunda

Museum, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 2479

Kapunda is between two wine districts – the Barossa Valley and the Clare Valley – but its history is very different. Copper was discovered here by Francis Dutton, a sheep farmer, in 1842. It was to be the highest-grade copper ore found in the world. Settlement followed, and Kapunda came into existence as Australia's first coppermining town. When the mines closed in 1878, Australia's 'cattle king' Sir Sidney Kidman moved in, eventually controlling 26 million hectares of land across Australia.

Visitor Information

51-53 Main St; (08) 8566 2902 or 1300 770 301

www.clarevalley.com.au

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Nuriootpa

    The long history of winemaking in this Barossa town is apparent when travelling down the main street. Old vines that glow red in autumn...more

  • Tanunda

    Tanunda is at the heart of the Barossa and surrounded by vineyards. The modern-day township grew out of the village of Langmeil, which was...more

  • Angaston

    Angaston takes its name from George Fife Angas who purchased the original plot of land on which the town now stands. He was a prominent...more

In Town

Museum: excellent folk museum with a short Kapunda history film and displays of old agricultural machinery, an original fire engine and other vehicles in the pavilion. Detailed mining history is in Bagot's Fortune interpretive centre; open 1–4pm daily; Hill St; (08) 8566 2286.

Community Gallery: significant regional gallery with local and touring art exhibitions; cnr Main and Hill sts.

'Map Kernow': 8 m bronze statue commemorating early miners, many of whom migrated from Cornwall in England; end of Main St at southern entrance of town.

High school's main building: former residence of Sir Sidney Kidman; West Tce.

Gundry's Hill Lookout: views over township and surrounding countryside; West Tce.

Heritage trail: 10 km self-guide tour through town and historic Kapunda Copper Mine; Discovering Historic Kapunda brochure available at visitor centre.

Nearby

Pines Reserve: nature and wildlife reserve; 6 km NW on road to Tarlee.

Anlaby Station: historic Dutton Homestead and gardens, once a setting for large prestigious parties. Also a coach collection and historic station buildings; open 10am–4pm Wed–Sun; Anlaby Rd; 16 km NE.

Tarlee: historic local-stone buildings; 16 km NW.

Riverton: a historic town in the Gilbert Valley, once a stopover point for copper-hauling bullock teams. Many historic buildings remain, including the heritage-listed railway station and Scholz Park Museum, which incorporates a cottage, blacksmith and wheelwright shop; open 1–4pm weekends; 30 km NW.

Scenic drive: 28 km drive north-east through sheep, wheat and dairy country to Eudunda.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Nuriootpa and Angaston 16 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


Cycling in the Barossa 21 km

In the Barossa, you can hire bikes from the visitor centre in Tanunda and take the paved 7-kilometre cycle path to Nuriootpa. For a guided, multi-day supported bike tour, sampling the best of the region’s cuisine... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

The Wheatsheaf Pub

This historic and revamped local pub just north of town is a lively destination. There’s art on the walls, Friday-night jam sessions, and plenty of tasty food and wine. The menu covers many options, from pizza and... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Knappstein Enterprise Brewery 63 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


Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing 63 km

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in... Find out more


Campsites around town

The Old School House camping area 39 km

On the Heysen Trail, this historic building in the north of the reserve sleeps 8 and has tent spaces close by. You’ll find it 9 km east of Williamstown, from Springton Rd. Book ahead, as access is via a gate.... Find out more


Centennial Drive camping area 40 km

This long creekside campsite next to Centennial Dr and stands of large radiata pines is on the Heysen Trail. A short – but steep – climb from here leads to Mt Crawford. The sites are 12 km east of... Find out more


Auburn Caravan Park 41 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


Rocky Paddock camping area 42 km

A large open campground set among rocky outcrops on the edge of the forest plantation, this site is 1 km from the information centre off Tower Rd. There is water here but it is not suitable for drinking, so carry in your... Find out more


Fromms Farm camping area 43 km

This former dairy is now a generous-sized shelter for group camping, with tent spaces close by. It's located on Mount Rd, 2 km from the information centre. You enter via a gate, so you need to book. This camping area... Find out more


Chalks camping area 45 km

This expansive and popular grassed site is set among river gums on Chalks Rd, close to the corner of Warren and Forreston rds, 4 km from the information centre. There’s a short walk from the parking area over... Find out more


Cromer Shed camping area 47 km

This recent addition to the forest’s list of campsites features a large shelter shed among eucalypt woodland on the south-eastern edge of the forest. It’s off Cricks Mill Rd, 7 km west of Mt Pleasant.... Find out more


Mount Crawford camping area (bush camping) 47 km

For self-sufficient walkers there are assorted bush camping options along the Heysen Trail, with walk-in access only, including 2 huts. The information office can provide details. Some have rainwater tanks but bring a... Find out more


Burra Creek Gorge camping area 58 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


Swan Reach camping area (bush camping) 61 km

Sites for self-sufficient bush camping are signposted off Swan Reach–Sedan Rd, 10 km west of Swan Reach. Near here, on an unsealed road off the Swan Reach–Walker Flat Rd, are spectacular views of the Murray... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Barossa Valley Tourist Park 16 km

This good quality Barossa Valley caravan park has a large number of sites, a choice of accommodation and a range of facilities including tennis courts. It is within walking distance of the town centre and close to... Find out more


Tanunda Caravan and Tourist Park 22 km

Enjoy the Barossa Valley experience from this popular park; it is a great base for exploring the fabulous wine-producing region. Located 1.5 km from the town centre, with easy access, it offers patrons a good range of... Find out more


Gawler Caravan Park 32 km

This is a good quality park close to the town centre and located on the banks of the Gawler River. It is a good base for exploring the nearby Barossa Valley and is easily accessible from the Sturt and Barrier highways.... Find out more


BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park 64 km

This well-maintained park is in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Blanchetown lock. It is a smaller, good quality park with a range of accommodation, about 500 metres from the town... Find out more


Levi Park Caravan Park 67 km

Levi Park is just 5 km from the city and a very good base for exploring central Adelaide. It has shady caravan sites and pleasant grassy tent sites, all located in a magnificent historic garden. The River Torrens flows... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Anlaby Homestead

This sprawling property dates from 1840 and played a vital role in South Australia’s pastoral and cultural history. The two-storey Manor House – one of the many original stone buildings at this village-like... Find out more


Oldham House

Recently restored to a meticulous standard, this stately country house merges traditional decor with the latest luxuries. All the elements of high Victorian style are on display here, from impressive chandeliers and... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Moppa Road rest area 14 km

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

Just off the highway behind a few trees.


Tarlee park area 15 km

At Tarlee

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Truro East Rest Area 22 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.


Riverton rest area 24 km

At Riverton

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


Winkler park area 30 km

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

Very small area adjacent to the highway. Limited shade.


Hanson rest area 34 km

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

Just off the highway among a stand of pine trees. 


Annadale rest area 48 km

29km E of Truro (L) or 17km W of Blanchetown (R)

Just off the highway among trees. 


Dublin park area 53 km

At Dublin

On the service road.


Burra Creek Gorge camping area 57 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.


Inkerman South rest area 62 km

22km N of Dublin (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.


Inkerman North rest area 65 km

12km S of Port Wakefield (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.


Baldina rest area 66 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


What's on around town

Farm Fair: including fashion, craft and antiques; odd-numbered years, Apr/May.

Celtic Music Festival: Sept (can vary).

Kapunda Show: Nov.

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