KAPUNDA HERITAGE TRAIL
The township of Kapunda is situated approximately 78 km north of Adelaide and in close proximity to the Barossa Valley. Once a prosperous copper mining town for more than 30 years since the discovery of significant copper deposits in 1842. It is home of the ‘Cattle King” Sir Sidney Kidman Australia’s greatest pastoralist who owned large areas of land in Australia.
As you enter the town of Kapunda you’ll be greeted with a huge 8 meter bronze statue of ‘Map Kernow’ the miner which servers as a symbol of the mining history. If you drive further down the main street you will reach Hill Street which marks the start of the Kapunda Heritage Trail 17.
We stopped by the Kapunda Visitor Information Centre to get brochures and maps and was greeted with some very helpful staff. At the basement of the Kapunda Visitor Information Centre is an interpretive display of Kapunda’s history, livelihood and famous personalities that played an important role in their history.
The Trail begins with well-preserved buildings built in 1860s and 1870s. The Bagot’s Fortune Mining Museum built in 1866 it is the first English language country newspaper established in South Australia. The Soldier’s Memorial Hall built in 1870 used as picture show hall and theatre and was built after WW1.
Kapunda Historical Museum houses a vintage collection of Kapunda’s mining history. Kapunda Mine was the first commercial copper mine in Australia. Copper was discovered by Charles Bagot and Francis Dutton two of the important personalities in Kapunda. You can actually roam around Kapunda for a day and appreciate how they have well preserved a by-gone era.