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Moonta and Moonta Bay - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located in the Yorke Peninsula, the historic town of Moonta and Moonta Bay is found in the area called the Copper Coast, sometimes referred to as ‘The Copper Triangle’, being one of three main towns in the area, the other two being Kadina and Wallaroo.

In 1861 an Irish shepherd named Patrick Ryan discovered copper at a place known to the local indigenous people as Moonta-Moonterra. By 1870, the town population had grown to over 10,000.

With a population today of just under 4,000, Moonta, the historic Moonta Mines and Moonta Bay is still a popular destination for tourist. As well as the fascinating history, the region is a great place for those seeking a relaxed lifestyle, offering beach and a great place for fishing.
Check out our listed Moonta accommodation, Copper Coast accommodation and Yorke 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.

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Moonta Tourist Office
Cnr Railway Station
Blanche Terrace
Ph: 08 8825 1891
Open daily 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre

Yorke Peninsula Regional Visitor Information Centre - Kadina


Moonta and Moonta Bay Attractions

Moonta Mines Museum
• Verran Terrace, MOONTA SA 5558 • Ph: 08 8825 1891
• Visitors to the museum can view a collection of historical artefacts relating to the Cornish heritage and settlement of the district. Housed in the former Moonta Mines School, the collections contains records, photographs and microfilm, with particular emphasis on the copper mine in the area.

Managed by the Moonta National Trust, who also operate an historic miner’s cottage nearby and an interpretive tourist railway through the former mine site.
Wheal Hughes Copper Mine
• Old Railway Station, MOONTA SA • Ph: 08 8825 1891 (Bookings essential)
• The Wheal Hughes underground copper mine offers visitor the chance to dress up like a miner and experience the wonder of the underground tunnels and cathedral like workings. After you don your boots, hard hats and helmet lights, you descend 55 metres to experience how Cornish miners worked in the 1800’s, the splendour of the massive chambers and the multicoloured veins of ore.

Visitors must book at the local Moonta Visitor Centre  and should have a reasonable degree of physical fitness. Group bookings are welcomed, but should ensure they pre-book.
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Moonta and Moonta Bay Events

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Kernewek Lowender
• Cornish Festival • 50 Moonta Rd, KADINA SA 5554
• Ph: +61 8 8821 2333 • Freecall: 1800 654 991 • Email
• May - Held every odd-numbered year
• A cultural festival full of entertainment, activities and fun  for young and old, attracting over 80,000 people to the Northern Yorke Peninsula. The events that make up the festival spread over a week, is held throughout the Copper Coast region that include Kadina, Moonta, Wallaroo and their mines.
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Moonta Distance

Distance to Moonta
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Moonta:
• Adelaide 164
• Kadina 17
• Maitland 35
• Moonta Bay 3
• Port Augusta 213
• Port Hughes 5
• Port Pirie 119
• Wallaroo 17
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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