Moonta Remembers – Armistice Centenary Celebrations

On November 11, 2018 Moonta will celebrate the Armistice Centenary by holding a Memorial service, Community parade and festival in Queen Square.

We are looking for groups and individuals to take part in the parade and party.

Floats for the parade can be anything military, circa 1918 or just fun.

Make use of your Kernerwek Lowender costumes.

Moonta held a similar parade in 1915 to raise money for the war effort and this event is in part a re-enactment of that parade.

The event is being hosted by Moonta RSL Sub-branch and Moonta & District Progress Assoc.

If you want to be involved, please email or

On the Pasty Trail


This building, the former Moonta Mines Post Office, was built in 1946 and operated until it closed in the mid 1970s.

The building was bought by the Moonta Branch of the National Trust for $200, and was used as a store room. A shop named “Refreshments” was set up in the building just in time for Easter 1979, and ran until 1983 when Keith & Sheila Crosby bought it and established The Old Sweet Shop.

The Old Sweet Shop closed in 1998, and the name was transferred to a shop in George St Moonta. The National Trust decided to upgrade the building and it was renamed the Moonta Mines Sweet Shop, operated by former owners Bob & Pat Haywood until 2000, when it was taken over by the Copper Coast Council and run by volunteers. In 2002 the shop was transferred back to the National Trust, and is still run by volunteers.

Featuring a large range of old-fashioned sweets and drinks, a trip to Moonta is not complete without a visit to the Moonta Mines Sweet Shop.

EFTPOS now available!

Enquires to Moonta Tourist Office (08) 8825 1891

Polgreen park is located on Bay Road at the end of Robert St Moonta.

It has BBQ facilities, public toilets, playground and kids bike track.

The museum is located in the former Moonta Mines Model School, erected in 1878. The school remained an active and important centre for the Moonta Mines community for ninety years and closed in 1968.

The National Trust of SA, Moonta Branch took over the building and established a museum which now tells the story of Cornish pioneers who came to South Australia for the copper mines 1861-1923.

The museum has 14 rooms and houses thematic displays on the Cornish miners’ lifestyles – mining, lodges and friendly societies, sports and pastimes, death and hardship, extensive displays of costumes, china, silverware, photographs and memorabilia and a classroom furnished c.1900.

Cost is $8 for Adults and $4 for school aged Children.  Under school aged are free.

Monthly displays  by local artists of all the art forms.

Located in the Moonta Town Hall

Free entry

(‘Up Street’ is a term Cornish people used when they decided to go shopping up in town).

Walking time – approximately one hour.

This heritage walk commences from the Queen Square Rotunda.

The purpose of this brochure is to give the reader a brief insight into the colourful past and general history of the many historic buildings within our township.

The guide book is available at the Moonta Tourist Office at the old Moonta Railway Station for $10.

Departing from the platform adjacent to the Moonta Mines Museum, the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway is a guided tour of the historic Moonta Mines State Heritage Area.

Featuring extensive commentary from local drivers, passengers are taken past many historic landmarks of the former mining operations, including the reservoir, ore sorting floors, and through a tunnel in Ryans Tailings Heap. It visits the former Precipitation Works, which was set up in 1900 to recover additional copper from the tailings heaps, a process which continued until 1943.

Bookings are not required for individuals.  Board the Tourist Train adjacent to the Museum.

Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office or Museum via EFTPOS or cash.  Tickets can also be purchased  on board the train (cash only).

Proudly maintained and operated by volunteers of the National Trust of SA Moonta Branch.

Cost is $8 for Adults and $4 for school aged Children.  Under school aged are free.

Moonta Tourist Office.

Located at the old Moonta Railway Station.

Visitors have access to information on attractions, accommodation, community services, and special events. A large range of very affordable souvenirs, gifts and books are on display including “Australia’s Little Cornwall” A Pictorial Journey of Moonta featuring Moonta’s history from 1861 -2011.

The German WWI trophy gun presented to the people of Moonta has a special display in the grounds.

Ample car, coach, & caravan parking is available.

Phone (08) 8825 1891, or Contact Us by email


Check out Forging Fridays at the Moonta Mines Railway Blacksmith Shop.