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Moonta Mines State Heritage Area

Address: Moonta Mines

Phone: 8825 1891

Website: Moonta Mines State Heritage Area

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Take yourself on a drive through the Moonta Mines State Heritage Area which covers most of the former Moonta Mining Company lease.

A tourist drive starting from the Moonta Town Hall leads through the Cornish cottages housing area, passes the church, Hughes Pump House ruins, Taylor's shaft, the deepest, the ruins of the ore concentrating plant at Richman's. A walk to the lookouts on the top of the skimp heap gives an aerial view of the whole area. Information signs enable visitors to relate existing ruins to former structures.

The tour includes Ryan's shaft where copper was first discovered in 1861, over ore sorting floors, and the National Trust Miners Cottage and Hancock's skimp heap and lookout.

The mining area is amongst the most significant in Australia, illustrating the early mining and treatment of copper ores, mostly by Cornish immigrants.

Note: Should the weather forcast be 37 and above the previous night, all Attractions except the Tourist Office and Sweet Shop will be closed.