There’s a great range of things to do and learn at the National Heritage Listed Moonta Mines.

School Visits to Moonta and Moonta Mines

Schools are invited to ,visit the historic areas of Moonta and Moonta Mines to recapture the spirit of the era when copper mining was at its peak and the Cornish immigrants, their customs, sports and pastimes, food, drink and religion were part of everyday life.

The Moonta Branch of the National Trust (Est. 1964) can be of assistance in the field of Australian studies in the following ways:

  • The Moonta Mines Museum is suitable for bus loads of students to study aspects of the Cornish way of life. Examples of work sheets can be supplied.
  • A Tourist Train is available for tours through the mining area, stopping at the Wash and Dry area where information boards are mounted on the ruins of the Copper Recovery Plant. This tour takes approximately 50 minutes.
  • The Miner’s Cottage was built c1870 and has been decorated, and furnished with items indicative of its status. The heritage garden is also a feature of this area.
  • The Local & Family History Resource Centre, situated in the former School of Mines, Ellen Street, Moonta, is available for studies of former families and industry of the area.
  • Local Historians are available for tours of the Heritage listed Cemetery.
  • Inspection of the Moonta Mines Methodist Church (Uniting) can be arranged.
  • The old Sweet Shop opposite the Museum can supply lunch, drinks and bags of sweets.

For more information please contact us anytime.

Moonta Mines resources – pdf

Cornwall Culture Resources – pdf

Local Attractions – pdf


Kipp The Copper Coast Kid by Paul G Day

Keep an eye out for this book is suited to ages 11 and up. But adults as well as young people will enjoy this, especially if you are a fan of some of the classics, such as Tom Sawyer or Pip and the Convict. This has elements of the classics, infused with the modern style. Set in the 1950s, this story follows the adventures of local lad, Kipp as he explores the old mines. The story is set in and around the historical Moonta Mines in South Australia. A place famous for its unique Cornish Heritage and its deep mining roots. This book is more than just a tale of wits. It is a love story, a drama, an adventure all rolled neatly into one book.

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