Moonta is situated on The Yorke Peninsula about 2 hours drive from Adelaide and is a popular holiday destination for South Australians. Steeped in history, Moonta was South Australia’s second largest town in its heyday. Moonta’s origins begin in 1861 with the discovery of copper and the establishment of the Moonta Mining Company that soon became one of the richest copper mines in Australia.
The 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.
Moonta 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. The 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.
Some of Moontas Attractions include
Home of The Cornish Pasty
Moonta Mines State Heritage Area.
Moonta Mines Walking Trails, or ride the 50-minute round trip on the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway
The Moonta Mines Tourist Office located in the former Railway Station can help with all the must see and do’s of the area.
Discover your family history at the Family History Research Centre.
Visit the Moonta Mines Sweets Shop for some old-style lollies.
Port Hughes and Moonta Bay are close neighbours with the Port Hughes jetty offering excellent fishing opportunities.