Kapunda Mine Trail and Site

Agri, Mining and Industry

Explore the Historic Kapunda Mine Site!

History buffs and adventure seekers, this one’s for you!

Uncover a hidden gem in Light Country at the Historic Kapunda Mine Site, birthplace of Australia’s first successful commercial copper mine!

Journey back to 1842 when Charles Bagot and Francis Dutton discovered a treasure trove of copper, sparking a mining boom that would transform the colony.
Explore the very site that became a beacon of hope, with the mine officially opening in 1844 and playing a pivotal role in South Australia’s economic recovery.

A Testament to Human Ingenuity:
Delve into the unique “pare” system. Learn how independent teams of miners, known as pares, bid on sections of exposed ore, and were rewarded based on their yield.

Imagine the dedication and resourcefulness required to extract valuable copper with just pickaxes and shovels, without the use of explosives.

A Self-Guided Adventure Awaits:
Leave your car behind and embark on a relaxing 1.5km walking trail.
Follow informative signs that unveil the captivating story of the Kapunda Mine’s impact and evolution.

Soak in the panoramic views and appreciate the enduring significance of this historical landmark.
The Historic Kapunda Mine Site offers a captivating journey through Australia’s mining heritage.

Lace up your walking shoes and uncover a hidden gem waiting to be explored!


Carpark Coach Parking Family Friendly Lookouts Pet Friendly Picnic Area

Disabled Assistance

Wheelchair access


Free Entry

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