About Moonta and Moonta Bay
Moonta cherishes the title of Australia’s Little Cornwall which acknowledges its proud and rich Cornish Mining Heritage and the valuable wealth generating and cultural contribution of its pioneer Cornish Miners and their families.
While few lasting monuments of its Cornish Mining past remain, the State Heritage status of the Moonta Mines Area along with the Kernewek Lowender festival and the work of local volunteer groups like the National Trust of SA, the Moonta & District Progress Association and Cornish Association of SA and YP Branch help preserve and promote the Cornish culture and traditions and the Cornish Mining Heritage of the town and district.
Now-a-days Moonta and its surrounding district of Moonta Bay, Moonta Mines, Port Hughes and Yelta offers locals and tourists a wealth of experiences and pleasure with its rich heritage, its magnificent beaches, its popular boating, fishing and beachside pursuits, temporate climate, clean air, the friendliness of its people and its lifestyle choices of relaxation, social interaction, adventure and fun.
Situated only an hour and a half from Adelaide, Moonta and District has become one of the most popular holiday and retirement destinations in the State where people numbers continue to increase up to four-fold over peak periods but revert back to a comfortable 3000 plus in-between-times. A place where seaside development is escalating but not at the expense of the many historical and quaint features that makes and keeps this place unique. A place to be savoured and enjoyed but respected for what it is.