Uncover Burra

There’s a place tucked away in the folds of an ancient landscape where time behaves like nowhere else. A place where a two-hour drive north from Adelaide delivers you deep into the past. The Ngadjuri people call it Kooringa and their connection stretches back millennia and knows no end. Much of what we see there now was built by pioneers who crossed the globe to a place beyond their imagination and sought fortunes by attempting to dig themselves back home. This is Burra.

In the now, Burra caters to adventurous spirits. Beckoning families to explore its offerings, with its blend of rich history, never-ending landscapes, and countless opportunities for exploration. The well-maintained roads and abundance of caravan-friendly campsites make it a more than perfect destination for those eager to embark on a caravan adventure or dip their toes into the world of camping with kids.

Whether you're delving into the town's fascinating back-story, including its Cornish roots that flourished during the 19th-century South Australian mining boom—helping create a town steeped in National Heritage significance—or exploring the rugged beauty of the edge of the outback, Burra offers something for everyone. So pack up your caravan, strap the kids in, and set off on an unforgettable journey where history meets adventure.

At the heart of your journey lies the Burra Heritage Passport Tour, an immersive experience that transports the entire family back in time. As you collect your key from the knowledgeable staff at the Burra Visitor Information Centre, you'll be granted access to unlock 11 National heritage-listed sites dotted throughout the town, from the labyrinth of underground cellars at the beautifully restored Unicorn Brewery Cellars to the Monster Mine, each site offers a unique glimpse into the town's storied past.

But the adventure doesn't end there.

As you wander the remarkably unchanged main street of Burra, you'll discover that this historic town is not merely frozen in time. Instead, it is a vibrant tapestry where the old and the new intertwine, offering a beautiful juxtaposition of tradition and modernity.

Indulge like a local in artisanal coffee at one of the trendy coffee shops, where skilled baristas craft the perfect brew using state-of-the-art espresso machines and ethically sourced beans. Pair your coffee with a pastry from the town's century-old bakery, where time-honoured recipes yield the finest pastries, the famous Cornish “Tiddy Oggy ” and the best sourdough bread the mid-north has to offer.

The towns numerous antique shops offer a treasure trove of mystical and magical finds waiting to be uncovered. Lose yourself in a world of nostalgia as you browse through eclectic collections of antique furniture and one-of-a-kind curiosities, each with its own fascinating story to tell.

Yet Burra is not solely a guardian of the past; it's a beacon of innovation.

The modern and progressive Burra Regional Art Gallery housed in the restored 1860 Post and Telegraph Office, showcases the work of local and national artists, providing a dynamic contrast to the town's heritage architecture. Immerse yourself in contemporary works of art that push the boundaries of tradition and challenge the status quo.

You’ll also discover world-class fashion boutiques like Iris and Wool and Bullrush – both clothing brands born, designed, and managed locally.

Stepping slightly beyond the town limits of Burra, you'll find yourself on the threshold of a truly remarkable adventure. Just a few kilometres east of the town lies the Red Banks Conservation Park, camp the night in a natural wonderland and the most spectacular outdoor playground your children explored.

Known as one of the richest megafauna sites in Australia, it’s a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Palaeontologists have marvelled at the abundance of fossils found within its ancient landscapes, offering a glimpse into the prehistoric world that once thrived here. Embark on the 'Landscapes of Change' interpretive walking trail and follow in the footsteps of the diprotodons, giant marsupials that roamed this land until about 65,000 years ago.

But the wonders of the Red Banks Conservation Park extend far beyond its fossil-rich soils. As the sun sets in the evening sky, the towering Red Bank walls come alive with hues of red and orange, casting an ethereal glow that bathes the landscape in a warm and vibrant light. It's a sight that must be seen to be believed, a spectacle that evokes a sense of wonder and awe in all who behold it.

Lay back, look up and observe the origin of all things.

Because this is Burra, where history holds you close.



Start your Burra adventure with a picturesque drive into town, capturing the stunning views of wind farms dotting the hillsides, powering the state's energy needs. If coming from the north, snap a photo at the iconic Midnight Oil cottage, or admire the serene beauty of Porters Lagoon Salt Lake from the south. For those approaching from the east, enjoy the scenic Clare Valley, stopping at cellar doors to stock up on world-class wines.

Upon arrival, swing by the Burra & Goyder Visitor Information Centre to pick up your Heritage Passport tour keys. These keys unlock 11 national heritage-listed sites, allowing you to delve into the rich history of the area at your own pace over the next 48 hours. Check into your accommodation, whether it's pitching a tent under the north stars, unhitching the caravan, or checking into the historical Paxton Square Cottages. These meticulously maintained miners' cottages offer a cozy retreat in the heart of town.

For dinner, head to the Burra Hotel, where relaxed hospitality reigns supreme. Immerse yourself in the country ambience as you dine amidst memorabilia lining the walls, each piece telling tales of yesteryear and the vibrant history of Burra, once the second-largest town in South Australia.

Rise and shine with a hearty breakfast at one of Burra's hip cafes or the region's famous Waters family bakery, fueling up for a day of exploration.

Embark on your Heritage Passport tour, uncovering the stories woven into the fabric of Burra's historic sites. From the high walls of Redruth Gaol to the depths of the underground Unicorn Brewery Cellars, or the fascinating Burra Monster Mine Site, each stop offers a glimpse into the town's captivating past.

Make sure to visit the Bon Accord Museum, housed in the original mine office building. Explore the fully operational Blacksmith Shop and witness the artistry of traditional Cornish blacksmithing techniques. Don't forget to call past the outside exhibits featuring early fire engines and horse-drawn vehicles, including the iconic Eastern Mail Buggy.

Explore the meticulously restored Burra Railway Station, a fascinating destination for all ages. Immerse yourself in railway history as you admire the lovingly preserved architecture and exhibits. For the kids, don't miss the prehistoric "giant wombat" Diprotodon fossil display. Plus, indulge in some fun dress-up time, stepping back in time to the mining days by trying on a selection of old-world costumes, including that of the station master complete with hat and whistle.

Take a leisurely stroll through Burra's charming streets, exploring the many antique shops. Indulge in a spot of lunch at one of the local eateries, enjoying delicious regional flavours.

As the day draws to a close, exit the town limits with a detour to the nearby Red Banks Conservation Park. Bask in the glow of the towering red walls and let the kids go wild in the best natural playground. As the stars begin to flicker, head back into town and decide if one night in Burra really is enough… why not settle in for two.