Located just outside the Barossa's wine region, Kapunda has a rich history in mining and agriculture.
Kapunda’s prosperous past as a mining boom town is apparent across the settlement with grand public buildings, a sweeping main street adorned with numerous 19th century pubs, and an engaging Heritage Trail that takes in the architectural and cultural highlights of this multi-faceted town.
To gain a true perspective, a visit to the Kapunda Mine Site is essential. The site is well signposted with a self-guided walking trail which also links into the Heritage Trail Drive. The towering bronze statue known as Map the Miner or Map Kernow ("Son of Cornwall") at the southern entrance of Kapunda also pays tribute to the Cornish miners who made their livings here in the past.
Following the decline of the copper industry and the closure of the mine in 1877 Kapunda became the centre of 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.
A short, scenic drive from the town centre is Anlaby Station, home of the oldest merino stud in Australia and a glorious monument to the grandeur of life as a wealthy landowner in the late 18th century. The historic gardens are open to the public and guided tours are available by appointment.