Located some 150 km north-west of Adelaide via Port Wakefield is the Copper Coast, part of the
Yorke Peninsula region, with claims to some of the best beaches in South
Australia. Often referred to as The Copper Triangle, the Copper Coast is a small area
that include the three major towns of Kadina,
Moonta and Wallaroo
that were founded upon the discovery of rich copper lodes in the 1860s.
Wallaroo was soon processing the ore from the region in the largest smelters in
the southern hemisphere. The majority of people that came to work the mines were
mainly from Cornwall and Wales, as the Cornish people had the reputation of
being the best hard rocker miners in the world, being able to work under severe
conditions.This Welsh heritage is still very evident today in the three towns,
bestowing the title of Australias Little Cornwall. The miners and families of
the time were to bring their religion, architecture and customs and today, their
contribution to Australia is celebrated in the
Kernewek Lowender Festival.
Check out our listing of
Coast accommodation and
Peninsula 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.