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Kapunda - Cities, Towns and Localities
Promoted as the Gateway to the Barossa and Clare Valleys, Kapunda provides a great rural location from which to visit the vineyards and wineries that South Australia is well renown. A historic town, with much of its history easily to be explored.

Once the largest town outside of Adelaide, Kapunda history arose out of the discovery of copper in 1842, making it the first and oldest commercial copper mining town in Australia, although the oldest copper mine was discovered and worked on at Noarlunga in May 1841. During Kapunda's heyday, it was also producing mining equipment for various mines around Australia. Commercial mining began in 1844 and was to continue until 1878. It was the revenue raised from Kapunda's high grade copper that saved the South Australian colony from bankruptcy.

After the decline of the copper mining the town became the centre for a thriving pastoral industry, having been a pastoral area prior to the discovery of copper. Kapunda was home to a number of well known pastoralist including Francis Dutton, whose family features strongly in the history of the region, as well as the world's largest private landowner, Cattle King Sir Sidney Kidman.

At the southern entrance to the town is the 8 metre tall statue of Map Kernow ('the son of Cornwall'). Originally build in 1988, it was destroyed by fire in 2006 but has since been rebuilt by its creator, Ben van Zetten.

Check out our listing of Kapunda accommodation and Barossa Valley accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Kapunda Visitor Information Centre
51-53 Main Street
Ph: 1300 770 301
Open — May to October
Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Public Holidays 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Barossa Wine & Visitor Information Centre- Tanunda

MSN Map of Lyndoch, South Australia
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Kapunda Attractions

Kapunda Museum
• 11 Hill St, KAPUNDA SA • Mobile: 0402 247 419
• Open 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (or other times by appointment
• Housed in a magnificent Romanesque building, is this award winning museum with over 11,000 square fee of undercover display area. The museum covers Kapunda's fascinating history, depicting the social and commercial history over two floors. There is machinery covering agriculture and motoring.
Kidman Trail
• Ph: +61 8 8410 0423 • Email
• Traversing some 269 km of roadsides, forest tracks, private land and unmade road reserves, the Kidman Trail is a multi use horse riding, cycling and walking trail. Named after Sir Sidney Kidman, a prominent local pastoralist and horse breeder, the trail is marked by trail markers and provides an insight into the natural beauty, cultural history and major points of interest along the Mount Lofty Ranges.
The Heritage Trail
• The Heritage Trail is a 10 km drive that takes in the historic buildings and mining sites in and around Kapunda. A booklet with map is available from the Kapunda Visitor Information Centre.

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Kapunda Events

• South Australia Events
Kapunda Celtic Festival
• Contact (see website)
• October
• First held in 1976, this event is the longest running Celtic Festival in Australia. Come enjoy the three day celebration of Celtic music and dance traditions.
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Kapunda Distance

Distance to Kapunda
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Kapunda:
• Adelaide 81
• Angaston 28
• Blanchetown 70
• Burra 88
• Clare 72
• Eden Valley 46
• Eudunda 27
• Gawler 35
• Lyndoch 48
• Keyneton 38
• Moculta 35
• Mount Pleasant 63
• Nuriootpa 20
• Penrice 27
• Rowland Flat 35
• Springton 54
• Stockwell 27
• Tanunda 27
• Truro 23
• Williamstown 52
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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Kapunda Other Links

• Kapunda Community/Local Government Links

1 Kapunda & Light Tourism
2 Flinders Ranges Research: Kapunda
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