Kapunda Travel Guide

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Kapunda Things to Do

  • HISTORIC KAPUNDA RAILWAY STATION

    The Kapunda Railway Station is a beautiful Colonial building, combining several different styles of architecture. Governor, Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell, officially opened the building in August, 1860. It was the largest railway station outside of Adelaide and played an important part in transporting products from the Kapunda and Burra mines to...

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  • SIR SIDNEY KIDMAN BUST

    Located in the main street near the Post office, is the bust of Sir Sidney Kidman.Sir Sidney Kidman is remembered because he was a generous benefactor to Kapunda.He came to Kapunda in 1870, and became one of Australia's largest landowners.His horse sales at Kapunda were the largest in the world His home in Kapunda was called "Eringa" and when he...

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  • "MAP" THE MINER

    Usually, when you drive into Kapunda, the first sight you see is that of 'The Big Miner' and the entrance sign. We came in a different way, so saw the statue on our way out. There is plenty of parking room by the Miner."MAP" is a 'Cornish Miner' who was instrumental in the development of this whole region. The plaque on the miner...

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  • MINE LOOKOUT & OPEN - CUT

    It was quite easy to find the look-out and to see the mine, all we had to do was follow the Brown Arrow!This took us to the Open cut Mine, where we could walk around the edges, and go down the valley if we wanted. The colours in the soil vary hugely, rather pretty!There were plenty of information boards which point out the features of the mine and...

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  • PRIVATE HOMES ON HERITAGE DRIVE

    When we did this drive, we had a map with all the locations of the heritage buildings, this included private homes. Unfortunately, I can't put photo and name together!As you follow the route, you will see many examples of different homes. At one time, some people were quite rich in Kapunda, so you will see upmarket homes, and then, the smaller...

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  • MOUNT SAINT ROSE

    Mount Saint Rose is a beautiful double story Victorian Bluestone building, with lovely lacework verandahs and a large garden. It was once used as a School established by the Sisters of St Joseph. Saint Mary Mackillop visited here when in Kapunda, to oversee and supervise the conversion of a girls reformatory in the region in 1897. From where it's...

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  • ST. ROSE'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

    The impressive Catholic Church took over from St. John's Church[1854], the first Catholic Church in the area which was demolished in 1946. St. Johns was about 5kms from Kapunda.A new Church was on the agenda as Mother Mary MacKillop and the Catholic parishioners made a regular journey from Kapunda to St. Johns on foot, or by horse and cart, to...

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  • ANGLICAN CHRIST CHURCH

    Kapunda has many Churches of different denominations and styles. If you follow the tourist arrow like we did, then you will see them all. Unless here on a Sunday, when a service is held, viewing will have to be from the outside.So I will start with the Anglican Christ Church, which was built with local stone from the Dutton Hill Quarries. The...

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  • SIR SIDNEY KIDMAN'S HOME

    Sir Sidney Kidman was a major cattle pastoralist who at one time owned 68 properties with a total area larger than the British Isles.His house, Eringa, is a beautiful home, with lots of lovely lacework and is located in the Kapunda High School yard.In 1921, Sir Sidney decided to donate his country house 'Eringa' to the Department of Education.Now...

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  • NORTH KAPUNDA HOTEL

    The North Kapunda Hotel was built between the years 1849 - 1866.The Hotel had plenty of customers, as the yard behind was used for stock sales from the 1850's onwards. Later, Sir Sidney Kidman began using it, and it was here, the famous auction was held where a total of 3,000 horses were offered in an auction which lasted a week. The horses were...

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  • TOURIST CENTRE & HERITAGE TRAIL MAP

    Once again, it was to the Tourist Information Centre we visited first. It was easy to find, as it's located in the main street of Kapunda, in the town centre.A young man behind the counter helped me with the Heritage trail, giving me a map which included information. All we had to do was drive our car and watch for the small Brown Tourist Arrows...

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  • KAPUNDA PARKS

    There are a couple of Parks in Kapunda. One that is enjoyable for a family outing, is Davidson Reserve. It is affectionately known as the "Duck Pond," because of the pond and the large amount of friendly Ducks, who just love being fed. There are picnic areas and FREE BBQ'S.Dutton Park was established in 1877, as a recreation area for the general...

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  • KAPUNDA MUSEUM - 1

    The Kapunda Museum is recognised as one of the finest folk museums in Australia.The museum contains a huge collection covering every part of Kapunda's history.I saw so much in this Museum. There was clothing from yester-year, the beautiful Carnival glass, mineral collection, Gramaphones, old photo's, musical instruments, old machinery, car,...

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  • KAPUNDA HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    This Museum is located in the beautiful old former Baptist Church, built in 1866 with some financial assistance from George Fife Angas, one of South Australia's most important early citizens.The Church was built in French Romanesque style, and has two tall Romanesque Towers that make it easily seen when driving around Kapunda. It was used as a...

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  • BAGOTS FORTUNE MINING MUSEUM

    This Museum is located just around the corner from the Information Centre in the old Northern Star [1860] and Herald Printing office[1866].If you want to know about Mining in Kapunda, then this is the place to come and see an interpretive display of the History of Australia's first successful mining venture. Through the managment of Captain Charles...

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