Burra Travel Guide

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    Burra of old
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    Commercial Hotel
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    Sara's Corner
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Burra Things to Do

  • FORMER BIBLE CHRISTIAN CHAPEL

    This old stone building was the home of the Bible Christian Chapel in 1850. It was the 1st in Australia.Later, it was replaced by a larger Church, and is now used as reception for the Paxton Square Cottages.

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  • UNICORN BREWERY CELLARS

    To gain entry to the Cellars, once again we needed to use our "passport Key." Once upon a time, in they year 1873, there was a Brewery located here, with a tall Malting tower, cooperage, steam driven pumps and many cellars. It went into stiff competition with another Brewery supplying the 9 Hotels in Burra. Unfortunately, it had to close in 1902...

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  • GIFTS & ANTIQUES

    Shopping for gifts or souvenirs isn't bad in Burra. In Commercial street, there is a Gift shop, with plenty of gifts. I found the Sheep, I didn't buy them, just thought they were cute! The tourist information centre has gifts too. I found a Antiques and collectables shop in the market square, andwhen we were doing the heritage drive, we came across...

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  • MARKET SQUARE

    The Burra Market Square is where the lovely Rotunda is located. It really isn't a square, but more of a triangle, and is the centre of Burra, where roads from Adelaide, Morgan and Broken Hill meet.In its earliest days, it consisted only of a standpipe and horse trough shaded by a single tree. Until as late as 1900, livestock was sold here on market...

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  • ROYAL EXCHANGE / KOORINGA / COMMERCIAL...

    There is no shortage of Hotel's in Burra. In a mining area, you would expect plenty. I took photo's of these three historic ones.The Royal Exchange Hotel was built after a fire destroyed the Aberdeen Hotel which was standing here in 1879. It wasn't long, and the Royal Exchange was ready for business in 1880.The Hotel is located on route 32.The...

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  • UNUSUAL SIGHTS

    Burra, as you know, is a very old South Australian town. When I was looking at the Uniting Church, I happened to notice this old home on the street corner. It has the biggest, thickest, Chimney I have ever seen on a home. I wondered if inside, four fireplaces went into the one Chimney?

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  • MCBRIDE COTTAGE HOMES

    These cottages were located opposite the Uniting Church. Built for a Mr. McBride in 1910 for elderly citizens, they were handed over to the District Council in 1986. They are now cottages for the elderly.

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  • BURRA UNITING CHURCH

    This is lovely church on the heritage drive!Built on the site of the original Kooringa Wesleyan Church in 1847, it was the 1st Church in Burra.I thought this Church looked a little modern for one built back then, and it was. The original Church has been demolished, and this lovely one replaced it in 1914.

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  • MINER'S DUGOUTS

    The Dug-outs were fenced off, so once again, we used our "passport key" to open the gate and gain entry.Kooringa, Burra in the 1840's, and Miners were pouring into Burra in hope of finding work. The trouble was, where were they going to live, there wasn't enough housing available! So, the Miner's found their own housing, and this was by digging...

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  • MALOWNE LOWARTH COTTAGE

    Malowne Lowarth Cottage we could enter with our "Passport Key."This Cottage is the end Cottage of the Paxton Square Cottages. It was built in 1850, as a Captains residence, and is furnished as if one still lived there.So, now we will put the key in the lock, open the door, and see what life was like for a Captain back in the 1850's.It was obvious...

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  • PAXTON SQUARE COTTAGES

    Paxton "square" cottages?..... Are the cottages square?......NO!The square comes about, as there are 33 Cottages, all joined and forming a complete square!The Cottages were named after a William Paxton, who was a Chemist in Hindley street, Adelaide, and one of the shareholders in the Mining Company.These were Mining Company housing, and consisted...

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  • BURRA COMMUNITY SCHOOL

    Miner's had wives and children, and children needed a school, so in 1878, the Burra Community School was built on a site donated by the Mining Company. The school was built to hold at least 800 students.It is now a big school, that includes Primary and secondary schooling.I loved the architecture of the original school building that is still in use...

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  • SMELTS - STABLES & YARD

    Back in 1849, one hundred horses used to be housed in these stables. Surrounding the stable complex, was a strong, stone fence, still standing well today. The Horse's didn't have to travel far to be shoed, as there was a Blacksmith's shop and store-rooms on site. The stables are now privately owned.In 1877, Burra held its first agricultural show...

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  • THE FORMER 'FUSS' RESIDENCE

    Leaving Hampton, our next stop on the heritage route, was the more upmarket old house, which belonged to Heinrish Fuss, the Charge Yard Supervisor of the Burra Smelter.He came to Burra, from the Hartz mountains in Hannover, Germany, and built this home in 1855.It now looked to be privately owned, and people were still living in it.

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  • THE RUINS OF HAMPTON

    Hampton was was a model of an English village and home to 30 Miner's cottages and a Bible Christian Chapel.This township was founded by Thomas Powell in 1857 and named after the home town of his wife in England. It was once the site of stone quarries that supplied stone for many of Burra’s buildings.Now, the village is a sad site, abandoned in the...

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  • INSIDE REDRUTH GAOL

    The Gaol rooms are now used as a Museum, and have many interesting reads. There are quite a few rooms, so do make sure you see all of them. One of the last we came across, and nearly missed, was the one where they had lists of the prisoners, and what crimes they had committed.Mmm, I think these days, nearly all of us would be spending time "AT HER...

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  • REDRUTH GAOL

    Redruth Gaol, one of the main sights on the Heritage tour, and one I was looking forward to seeing!We needed our passport key to gain entry here.The Gaol is very interesting, and I think a MUST VISITThe Gaol, built in 1856, at a cost of 3200 pounds, was the first Gaol built outside of Adelaide in South Australia. It was closed in 1894, then was...

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  • MORE ATTACHED COTTAGES

    After looking at Tiver's Cottages, I saw more attached Cottages across the road.These 4 Cottages, similar to Tiver's, are of Cornish style and also built in the 1850's. This group was built as materials became available, and show the lower economic standing of the Miners.Three are still in their original state, and one has been renovated.

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  • TIVER'S ROW

    If you like old Cottage's, then Burra has plenty for you to see! I love them, so when we came across Tiver's Row on the Heritage drive, I was rather excited to see a row of Cottages all joined together.These were built in 1856. Tiver, who I mentioned in an earlier review, arrived here in 1854, and was employed as a Mason at the Burra Smelter. In...

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  • LAW & ORDER!

    The next historic buildings on the trail, are no's 25/26/27, the former Police station, Police Lock-up & stables, and the former Redruth Court house. These are all located next to each other.First look was at the Police station, which isn't the original built in 1847, but a newer one built in 1878, which was used until the 1960's. To keep all those...

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  • ALBINO KANGAROO

    IF you follow the Burra heritage trail like we did, then between Sara's Corner and the Royal Exchange Hotel, you will come across a beautiful heritage home with lovely gardens.In front of the house, is a fenced off area, where there are Kangaroo's. It's a chance to see a big "Red" Kangaroo and a rare Albino. There are not many Albino Kangaroo's in...

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  • SARA'S CORNER

    Located in Burra North, is a well known landmark known as "Sara's corner." The building was built in 1870, and was known then as "Tiver's corner," as a Mr. Tiver owned the building. When Emma Tiver married J.G. Sara, the business became known as Sara & Company, and the name changed to "Sara's Corner."

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  • MOREHEAD STREET - BURRA

    Still on our Heritage Drive, we depart from Bon Accord Museum and into Morehead street, where there are historical buildings galore!At the start, but just around a corner in West Street, we came across the Bon Accord Hotel. This Hotel was built in 1874 to service the Railway which arrived in 1870. The sale yards were nearby, so the Hotel picked up...

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  • MORE BON ACCORD

    There is more, much more, at Bon Accord Museum. Our guide took us to outside buildings where we saw old Carriages and even the old Fire engine!Out in the Yard, there was plenty of mining equipment on display. The buildings were interesting, and we learnt that one of them is now used as a Bed & Breakfast.

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  • INSIDE BON ACCORD MUSEUM

    There was plenty of interest inside the museum, including displays and interesting reading.My favorite display, was a model of the Burra Mine depicting traditional underground mining in 1860's, it took up one whole room. When we pushed a button, a part of the display was lit, and information was given on what we were viewing. The display was...

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  • BON ACCORD MINE MUSEUM

    Back in the car again, and from the open cut lookout, we follow signs into West street, then turn left into Linkson street where the Bon Accord mine is located on the RH SIDE.The Bon Accord mine museum is owned by the National Trust who restored it in 1986. The initial mining operations were abandoned in 1849 and recommenced in 1858, then in 1859,...

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  • OPEN CUT LOOKOUT

    Back in the car again, and a short drive to the Mine OPEN CUT Lookout.Between the years 1971 & 1981, the open cut mine was worked to a depth of 100metres. The low grade ore mined here, was converted to Copper Oxide that was used in timber preservatives and chemical fertilizers. Now, the mine is no longer used. The water is back to its natural level...

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Burra Restaurants

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    by balhannah Written Jul 6, 2012

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    There are a couple of Bakeries in Burra, but the one we chose, was Water's Bakery. They had seating inside, which happened to be full, so we ordered and then went to one of their outside tables to eat our meal. There were plenty of pastries to choose from, and they do Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. No Complaints.

    Word of warning.
    A tourist coach parked around the corner, and soon, the whole bus load was looking for places to eat. The Bakery was swamped with people, so I was glad we chose to eat a little before noon, and missed this rush!

    Telephone: (08) 8892 2070 or (08) 8892 2232

    Water's Bakery
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Burra What to Pack

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    by kelyeah Written Apr 20, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During the day can be quite warm in the sun so you will want cool clothes but at night it can be freezing so you will also need warm clothing.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I'd take all medicens you need with you as it is a very small town and just makes it easier if you take everything with you.

    Photo Equipment: You will take a lot of photos in Buraa so make sure you have everything you need.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are places to stay in tents, caravans, swags if you want to. A great place to go is Burra Gorge which is about 15mins out of town and a free camping site.

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Burra Off The Beaten Path

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    by kelyeah Updated Apr 20, 2008

    On the drive from Adelaide to Burra there are quite a few abandonded houses and old farm buildings on the side of the road. If you take the time you can pull over and have a good look at the buildings.

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