In the late 19th century, the Moonta copper mine was the richest in Australia. These days the town, which calls itself 'Australia's Little Cornwall', maintains a faded glory and a couple of decent pubs. Shallow Moonta Bay is 1km west of the town centre, with good fishing from the jetty and a netted swimming area.
South Coast & Innes National Park
The peninsula's south coast is largely sheltered from the Southern Ocean's fury by Kangaroo Island, so there are some great swimming beaches along here. The surf finds its way through around Troubridge Point and Cape Spencer. Cape Spencer is part of Innes National Park, where sheer cliffs plunge into indigo waters and rocky offshore islands hide small coves and sandy beaches.
Baking-hot, inland Kadina (ka-dee-na) has some impressive copper-era civic buildings and a slew of massive old pubs, car yards and petrol stations. The Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre is here – it's the peninsula's main visitor centre. Behind it is an amazing collection of old farming, mining and domestic bits and pieces at the Farm Shed Museum.