Moonta - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Moonta George Street and Town Hall
Moonta - FURTHER INFORMATION
Moonta - Moonta visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Moonta' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from South Australia.
Moonta lies near the coast of Moonta Bay at the northwestern end of the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. With a population of around 3,000, Moonta is a historically significant copper town laid out in 1863 and was once South Australia's second largest town, only 165 kilometres northwest of Adelaide. The rich history of the town can still be seen today in many excellent buildings.
Before European settlement in the 1830s the area was inhabited by the Narrungga Aborigines and the town's name is derived from Aboriginal words for "place of impenetrable scrub". The area was part of a large sheep run but the discovery of copper in a wombat hole in 1861 by the shepherd Patrick Ryan started Moonta's significant copper mining industry with initial ore grades of 30 per cent.
Although the main mines closed down in 1923, mining has continued in the area to a much smaller extend. The old Railway Station with pressed metal ceilings serves now as tourist information office. The tourist information office in Moonta also provides information on Wallaroo.
Moonta Tourist AttractionsThings to see and do in Moonta include:
- Moonta Mines Museum
- Wheal Munta & Tourist Railway
- Richman's Concentrating Plant
- Hughes Engine Pumping House (1865)
- Moonta Mines Wesley Methodist Church (1865)
- Miner's Cottage and Garden
- Historic buildings
- Wheal Hughes Mine
- Queen Square
Moonta Tourist Office