Farm Shed Museum, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 4026

Kadina exists solely as a result of the digging habits of wombats. In 1860 upturned ground from wombat diggings revealed copper. This was the starting point of coppermining on Yorke Peninsula. The wombats were commemorated by the naming of Kadina's 1862 hotel: Wombat Hotel. Kadina, along with Wallaroo and Moonta, formed part of a copper triangle colloquially named Little Cornwall because of the number of Cornish immigrants recruited to work in the mines. Kadina is now the commercial centre and largest town on Yorke Peninsula.

Visitor Information

Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre, 50 Moonta Rd; (08) 8821 2333 or 1800 654 991


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Wallaroo

    Vast grain silos greet visitors to Wallaroo, a coastal town and shipping port on the west coast of Yorke Peninsula. The town is an...more

  • Moonta

    The towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo form the 'Copper Coast' or 'Little Cornwall', so called because of abundant copper finds and the...more

  • Port Broughton

    This Yorke Peninsula holiday town has a quiet coastal feel in winter and bustles with sun-seeking holiday-makers in summer. Set on a quiet...more

In Town

The Farm Shed Museum and Tourist Centre: home to the Dry Land Farming Interpretative Centre; Matta House, former home to the mining manager's family; a 1950s style schoolroom; Kadina story, a display of the town's history; and the visitor information centre; Moonta Rd; (08) 8821 2333.

Ascot Theatre Gallery: cultural centre exhibiting local artists' work, with sales; closed Sun; Graves St.

Victoria Square Park: historic band rotunda and Wallaroo Mine Monument; Main St.

Heritage walk: self-guide walk includes historic hotels such as the Wombat and the Royal Exchange with iron-lace balconies and shady verandahs; brochure from visitor centre.


Yorke Peninsula Field Days: Australia's oldest field days, started in 1884, are held each Sept (odd-numbered years); Paskeville; 19 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Wallaroo 10 km

The small SA seaport of Wallaroo, north of Moonta, offers an excellent base for anglers wanting to catch big snapper, King George whiting, Australian salmon and yellowtail kingfish. Many of the reef systems are close to... Find out more

Port Broughton 47 km

Port Broughton is a favourite destination for anglers wanting to fish from charter boats. The boat ramp in the sheltered harbour is next to a small pier complex and is popular for small fish including salmon, Tommy ruff,... Find out more

Ardrossan 55 km

Located on the east side of the Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan is bountiful water just 150 km west of Adelaide, so is a popular weekend fishing destination. Looking out on the long pier at Ardrossan, it’s striking how... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Gap camping area 36 km

Several beachfront sites huddle among the dunes here, on the remote north-west coast. The water is easy to access – including for boat launching – and the long, dazzling stretch of beach to the north is... Find out more

The Bamboos camping area 38 km

There’s a varied coastline to discover here - rocky headlands, seagrass shallows, and white sand beaches. The camping is behind the dunes, 12 km north of Balgowan.... Find out more

Port Arthur Roadside Rest Area 38 km

A shady, no-frills stop for weary travellers at the head of Gulf St Vincent, the rest area is close to mangrove flats where you might see wading birds at low tide. It’s just off the Port Wakefield–Yorketown... Find out more

Tiparra Rocks camping area 41 km

This is the first of 3 coastal-reserve camping areas, 4 km north of the seaside settlement of Balgowan. A crust of vivid red cliffs marks the edge of the peninsula south of this site. You’ll find lots of solitude... Find out more

Maitland Overnight Camping Bay 45 km

This small overnight caravan stop in the centrally located town of Maitland is just opposite the hospital at the northern end of Robert St.... 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

Wauraltee Beach camping area 72 km

Go camping beside the wild sprawl of beach south of Port Victoria, a low-key fishing and swimming destination with large areas of coastal reserve to wander. The camping area is on the peninsula’s western flanks, 17... Find out more

Port Parham camping area 72 km

Famed for its shallow waters and great crabbing beach, this small coastal settlement is a much-loved spot for family outings and boating. The camping is on a council reserve on the northern edge of town, with access 1 km... Find out more

Black Point camping area 74 km

Black Point’s sweep of north-facing beach is hugely popular at peak holiday periods. This small open area is right next to the boat ramp and main road at the western end of the housing strip; powered sites are... Find out more

White Cliffs Reserve 75 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

Caravan parks around town

Port Broughton Caravan Park 44 km

A large park on the waterfront at the small town of Port Broughton, this is ideal for a quiet break or for fishing and crabbing. Bookings are required in peak periods, and a minimum-length stay period applies at Easter... Find out more

Cowell Foreshore Caravan Park and Holiday Units 79 km

Located on the foreshore at the end of the main street, this park is ideally situated for those who enjoy walking everywhere. Fresh Cowell oysters are on sale at reception. Bookings are required from January to April,... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 82 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

Rest areas around town

Lake Lochiel rest area 42 km

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

Just off the highway and overlooking the lake.

Snowtown North rest area 52 km

62km S of Warnertown (L)

Under trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Inkerman North rest area 57 km

12km S of Port Wakefield (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Inkerman South rest area 60 km

22km N of Dublin (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Cowell park area 79 km

At Cowell

On the foreshore at the end of the main street through town.

Dublin park area 80 km

At Dublin

On the service road.

What's on around town

Kernewek Lowender: Cornish festival held with Wallaroo and Moonta; odd-numbered years, May.

Kadina Show: Aug.

comments powered by Disqus