Moonta, South Australia

Moonta is located in the Yorke Peninsula region of South Australia.Moonta is one of the towns which bind the Yorke Peninsula’s famous Copper Triangle. Today the population falls well short of the 1875 peak of 12,000 when huge tonnages of copper ore were mined from the region, but those heady days are reflected in the buildings staked by mining wealth and which make Moonta one of the state’s most valuable heritage assets.

The triangle is also known as Little Cornwall and the community’s indebtedness to the many Cornishmen who crossed the world to work the mines is celebrated in the three towns in May of every odd-numbered year with the Kernewek Lowender festival. The Cornish link is reinforced in the Moonta Mines Museum displays, which also include hands-on exhibits by which children can follow the mining cycle.

Directly across the road from the museum the Old Sweet Shop introduces children to traditional humbugs and the like, while their parents can chomp into a Cornish pastie. It is just a short drive from this historic town to Moonta Bay

This historic town has a cosy friendliness spread around the hub of Queen Square. The old mines are 2km away at Moonta Mines. Ruined power houses and other mine buildings are scattered in the scrub. The Moonta Show is held in October. .


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