I thought the Kadina Town Hall was a beautiful building. What a pity the sun was in the wrong direction for a good photo! The Town hall, built in 1880, was constructed in stages, starting off with a reading room, then a good sized hall and council chambers were added. In 1903 the Clock tower was added, donated by the local blacksmith.
Changing exhibitions are held here.
Another lovely Hotel listed on the National Trust Heritage listings.
This Hotel was built in 1861 as the Exchange Hotel and was renamed the Royal Exchange in 1875. The hotel has gorgeous iron-laced balconies and sweeping verandahs, once the longest in South Australia. On top of the roof, above the corner doors, is a large coat of arms high above its corner doors. The Hotel was built in time to welcome the famous English cricketer, W. G. Grace, and his touring team in the 1870s., The future King George IV came for dinner at this Hotel after his visit to the mine.
Kadina has old Churches and some new.
The orginal Anglican Church was the 1st built in Kadina, this was in 1892. For some reason, it was demolished and replaced in 1910 to the one I viewed today.
Located corner of Hay & Taylor Streets.
The Uniting Church looks a newer Church, while the Catholic Church was built in 1936 from stone salvaged from the engine house at the Wallaroo Mines after the mining company was liquidated and the buildings and mining cottages were sold or demolished for salvage.
Located in Hallett Street
This old Locomotive was built in Maryborough, Queensland and now is out of service and on display in Victoria Park. The Train began service in 1915, and was withdrawn in 1967. It has steps up to the engine, so anybody can go and have a look, and clamber all over it. Children seem to love Trains!
A plaque is located infront of the Train with more details.
When we drove into Kadina, it was at Victoria square where we parked our car. From here, it was only a short walk to the main street which we went to first, then came back to Victoria Square for Toilets and to have our morning tea.
There were plenty of picnic tables, electric BBQ's and an excellent playground for the children.
The Rotunda from 1897 was built by funds raised through a bicycle race, fair and private donations, and it really is beautiful.
In memory of the men who fought and died during World War 1 is a nice memorial located near the Town Hall.
Alcohol is prohibited in the park from 9pm - 6am.
Another large Hotel on the walk, this time the two-storey Kadina Hotel which started out as the single level Miners Arm" Hotel in 1865. It was rebuilt in 1904 and was renamed the Central Hotel in 1905. The name was changed to the Kadina Hotel in July 1958.
The Hotel is built out of local stone and has a lovely cast iron railing on its verandah.
The Ascot Theatre holds exhibitions all the time. It is the home of Copper Country Keepsakes artisans group, who offer quality items for sale in their shop.
The Community Art Exhibition Gallery presents many different exhibitions, including Pottery, Woodwork, Oil Paintings, Visual Art exhibitions just to name a few. If you are coming here and want to know what exhibition is showing, please check the website.
Open 10am - 4.30pm weekdays.....9.30am - 11.30am Saturday
Closed Sunday & Public Holidays
This Butcher's shop is a typical shop that you find in this part of South Australia. It has been renovated, but it still has the same low, wide verandahs, much neeed in this area. The shop has been trading continuously since 1861.
Also in Taylor street, is the huge Wombat Hotel. They sure did build them big, I guess they needed to, as originally this was known as "Wombat House," a boarding house for miners in 1859.
There is a story to this Hotel and Kadina.
Evidently, Kadina only exists as a result of the digging habits of wombats. In 1860 upturned ground from wombat diggings revealed copper, and so coppermining on Yorke Peninsula began.
The wombats were commemorated by the naming of Kadina's hotel built in 1862 and named the "Wombat Hotel."
Just a short walk away from the old Railway Station, was a lovely building of the Banking & currency Museum, trouble was, it has been closed since 2008.
All the collections were sold then.
It was originally the Bank of South Australia, then the Union Bank and ANZ Bank until 1987.
The building was built in 1874.
I love towns that have a proper heritage trail to follow. Luckily, Kadina was one of them, and there is lots to see!
The trail is very well signposted and covers all the major historical sites in the town including the Kadina Railway Station (1878), the Banking and Currency Museum (1874), the Church of Christ (1920), beautiful stone residences in Lipson Avenue (1900), the Pioneer Cemetery (1860), the Wallaroo Mine (1860) and the former Police Residence (1900).
In total there are 38 places of historic interest in the town. There is also a smaller 19 places of interest on a Kadina Walking Trail.
We saw quite a bit by car and by walking the trail.
So, lets start from the beginning, which is the Old Railway Station built in 1878. No longer used, it was up for sale.
This information centre is located out of town. Rather new, its a good centre, staffed by friendly, helpful staff, ready and willing to help with accommodation, sightseeing and anything else you need to know. Plenty of souvenirs, local produce, art and craft, pottery, emu oil, lavender products, embroidery, handmade items, reference and history books, FREE brochures and more.
FREE INTERNET & LAPTOP CONNECTION FOR TRAVELLERS
There is an onsite Cafe to enjoy a cup of tea or a cappuccino.
A touch-screen at the front window, a civic guide map or our free information bags located at the front of the centre are available after hours.
It is open Monday - Friday 9 - 4pm.....Sat & Sun 10 - 3.30pm
The Farm shed museum is a part of the complex here. If you wish to find out more, please check the website listed below.