Kapunda, on the northern edge of the Barossa, has an extraordinary amount of history stemming from its days as a rich copper mining centre with a strong Celtic heritage – still celebrated by Australia’s oldest Celtic festival.
At the entrance to the town you can meet Map Kernow, or Son of Cornwall, an eight-metre bronze statue that serves as a symbol of the mining history. A walk along the main street, or to one of the great parks or playgorunds reveals large, well-preserved houses and elegant business buildings that characterised the town during the halcyon days of the 1850s and 1860s.
But it's not just the copper mine that shaped the town, after it closed Kapunda became the centre for a thriving pastoral industry and later the home of the world's largest private landowner, Sir Sidney Kidman, the Cattle King. A great way to learn more about the town is a visit to the museum, in the Baptist Church on Hill Street... it is one of Australia’s finest folk museums.
Kapunda also has a range of accommodation providers and eateries, as well as a few hotels that serve as good watering holes after a long day of travelling.