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Museum in Moonta

Moonta Mines Museum

This impressive 1878 stone edifice was once the Moonta Mines Model School and had 1100 students. These days it's the centrepiece of the sprawling Moonta Heritage Site, and captures mining life – at work and at home …
Pub Food in Wallaroo

Coopers Alehouse

Head downstairs at the Wallaroo Marina Apartments and you'll find cold Coopers ales, bistro meals (mixed grills, Spencer Gulf prawns and flathead), seductive marina views and regular live bands. Glowing in the corne…
Pub Food in Point Turton

Tavern on Turton

What a spot! On the hill overlooking Hardwicke Bay, this breezy pub does a roaring all-day trade – surfies, families, tradies (and the odd wayward travel writer) enjoying the likes of chicken breast crusted in macad…
Bakery in Moonta

Cornish Kitchen

After a dirty day digging down the mine, swing your pick into the Cornish Kitchen for the ultimate Cornish pastie (the chunky steak and onion pies are pretty great too).
Museum in Wallaroo

Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum

Down by the water, the stoic 1865 post office now houses the Wallaroo Heritage & Nautical Museum. There are several of these little National Trust museums around Yorkes: in Port Victoria, in Ardrossan, in Milato…
Cafe in Wallaroo

The Smelter

Until this mean little bean brewer landed in Wallaroo, the cafe scene here was rooted somewhere in the 1980s. But Smelter smells entirely of the new century, with big breakfasts, wonderful salads, ham-and-cheese cro…
Winery in Moonta

Barley Stacks Wines

Around 14km south of Maitland, itself 35km south of Moonta, Barley Stacks is further proof that you can make great wine pretty much anywhere in South Australia (below a certain latitude!). The tasting room here is a…
Cafe in Kadina

Kadina Coffee Palace

What a surprise! A grungy, super-casual little graffiti-spangled coffee bunker in downtown Kadina, with kooky retro furniture and walls covered with old record sleeves and Kurt Cobain posters: straight outta Redfern…
Museum in Kadina

Farm Shed Museum

Behind the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre is this amazing collection of old farming, mining and domestic bits and pieces. Well worth an hour or two of today spent thinking about yesterday. And who doesn't l…
Seafood in Point Turton

Inland Sea

A few kilometres inland from Point Turton, Inland Sea is a seafood diner that's close enough to the coast for the catch-of-the-day to still be wriggling. Say hi to Jake and Elwood Blues, guarding the entrance. Takea…