Steeped in history and just 165 kilometres from Adelaide, Moonta was South Australia's second largest town in its heyday. Moonta's origins in 1861 were very fortunate - a shepherd noticed traces of copper on a wombat burrow, which led to the establishment of the Moonta Mining Company that soon became one of the richest copper mines in Australia.replacenewlineThe ensuing flood of skilled miners from Cornwall changed South Australia's cultural mix. Apart from contributing to an economic explosion, the immigrants brought us Cornish architecture and the delicious Cornish pasties. Today, one of the things Moonta is most famous for is its Cornish pasties which can be found at the local bakeries and cafes.replacenewlinereplacenewlineMoonta has many beautiful old buildings, churches and historical sites. The Moonta Mines Museum located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, circa 1878, contains works on the life on a miner, with a very hands-on approach for kids and is well worth a visit.replacenewlinereplacenewlineThe main street has a variety of shops open seven days a week including antiques, gifts, cafes and hotels. The Moonta Gallery of the Arts in the Town Hall exhibits local artists with exhibitions changing every month.

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Blanche Terrace,

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George St,

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Location Information 

  • Elevation: 44 m
  • Population: 632
  • State electorate(s): Narungga[
  • Federal Division(s): Grey
  • Established (yr): 1863
  • Population information is based on 2016 Census data.

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Travel To  

Maitland SA 5573 (35 km, 23 mins)
Wallaroo SA 5556 (18.5 km, 16 mins)

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Moonta SA is located on the following Aboriginal nation country/countries.

Narangga acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.