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Burra Travel Guide: 49 reviews and 153 photos

Did a Copper find at Burra save South Australia?

Could be!

The economy of South Australia was approaching bankruptcy, when copper was discovered, first at Kapunda and then at Burra.

Two shepherds found Copper at Burra Burra Creek in 1845. Unfortunately, they didn't make their forturne, as when they revealed their find to rival companies, they only received a few pounds instead of a fortune!

The companies, nicknamed the Nobs and the Snobs, jointly purchased a special survey of land from the government.
As the two discoveries only just fit into the survey, they drew lots to see which company took control of each.

The Nobs, a group of pastoralists which included the owners of the Kapunda mine drew the Southern lode, and called their mine the Princess Royal.
Its yield was small compared to the Northern discovery.

The Snobs, a group of Rundle and Hindley Street traders, extracted 300 million dollars worth of copper from their mine, in today’s value.

People came to Burra to make their fortunes, 5000 at one stage which was more than Brisbane and Perth's population combined.

1600 men, women and children, lived in tiny dugouts in the banks of the Burra Creek.
“Creek Street”, stretched for three miles, with floods and disease eventually forcing them out of their homes, and into the first company built housing in Australia.

Separate villages developed, which are all distinguishable today.

The Cornish lived in Redruth, the Scots in Aberdeen, the Welsh in Llwchwr, and the English in Hampton, each village having separate shops and facilities.

Burra’s Redruth Gaol, was the first built outside Adelaide.

It’s hard to imagine Burra as it was in the copper mining era.
The trees were stripped from the hills, to feed the furnaces of the now demolished smelting works.

Very few mid 19th century settlements have been preserved like Burra.

Lots of buildings belong to the National Trust and local residents.

We had a full day here, and that wasn't enough to see everything, so you probably would need to stay overnight.
Burra is a very intersting town.

We had a marvellous time in Burra, and now are moving onto EUDUNDA

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful old homes and buildings
  • In a nutshell:Leave more than one day to enjoy Burra!
  • Last visit to Burra: May 2012
  • Intro Updated Jul 7, 2012
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Dee, this is my kind of place. There is something special about historic mining towns. Love all the cottages. Excellent page!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    A lovely page, me too, I liked the sign in the Malowne Lowarth Cottage. And the albino kangaroo.


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