Only 148 kilometres from Adelaide, Kadina is the largest town on the Yorke Peninsula, with a population of around 4,000.
It houses The Farm Shed Museum and Tourism Centre, just out of town towards Moonta. Kadina is also one of the homes of the Kernewek Lowender festival, the world's largest Cornish Festival held every two years on the uneven years since 1973.
The name Kadina is believed to have come from the Aboriginal word, 'Kadiyinya' meaning 'lizard plain'. Today, Kadina is the main commercial centre for a very prosperous agricultural region. Copper mining, however, was once the main industry for this town. Kadina is therefore part of the Copper Coast, which includes Wallaroo and Moonta (also known as 'Little Cornwall').
Copper was first found in 1859 at Wallaroo Mines near Kadina. The population in this area quickly grew and the town of Kadina was surveyed in 1861. The main ethnic group to arrive in this area was the Cornish, bringing with them their mining techniques, labour practices, architecture and the Methodist religion. In 1862, the Wombat Hotel (named after the animals that had discovered the copper) was open for business and a horse-drawn railway was operating at the Wallaroo Mine. By 1891 there were 12,000 people living in the Copper Triangle. The mines closed in 1923, however in this time they removed 170,000 tons of copper.
Examples of Cornish architecture can still be found in Kadina, including the Royal Exchange and Wombat Hotels (originally a boarding house for new miners), the Kadina Hotel (originally a single storey hotel called the Miner's Arms) and a number of the churches. Kadina has great walks around the town which feature these buildings and explore the surrounding mines.
Kadina offers all the facilities of a large town and a wide range of accommodation. It is also close to a number of stunning scenic and family friendly beaches, in Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Wallaroo. In addition to this, it is a great base for exploring the northern end of the Yorke Peninsula and its rich history.
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South Australia 5554
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