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Wallaroo Mines is an area of Kadina. Shepherd, James Boor, is credited with finding the first Copper in the area on December 17, 1859 on the sheep station called Walla- Waroo owned by Captain Walter Watson Hughes. The stones were most likely dug up and unearthed by a wombat. The mine would be called Wallaroo Mines. The original mine managers house, Matta House, is able to be viewed in its original location as part of The Farm Shed Museum. The Wallaroo Mines Band stand can also be seen here as it was relocated in 1975. While you are able to explore Wallaroo Mines the Wallaroo Mines mining area is not able to be entered and has been fenced off.


Don’t miss in Wallaroo Mines

  • Matta House and The Farm Shed Museum
  • Kadina Heritage Drive which includes areas of Wallaroo Mines
  • The Copper Rail Trail walk/cycling track connecting Kadina and Wallaroo along the old railway line corridor which travels through Wallaroo Mines and the interpretive signs. 


  • Moonta and George Street with shops to explore and Cornish Pasty to try.
  • Beaches and fishing at Wallaroo, Moonta Bay and Port Hughes
  • Historic National Heritage listed Moonta Mines.

Accommodation options 

While there are no accommodation options in Wallaroo Mines, Kadina which it is an area of, has a caravan park, two motels, hotels with accommodation, villas and holiday homes. It is only a short drive to all the Copper Coast coastal towns of Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Wallaroo.                

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Wallaroo Mines is an area of Kadina which is the main service centre and retail area for the Copper Coast and the Yorke Peninsula. You will find all your key services here including Centrelink, Services SA, police station, petrol stations, 2 supermarkets, chemists, medical practitioners, dentists and other health professionals. The retail area has many shops to browse and a wide variety of cafes, bakery and hotels for all times of the day dining.



Contact the Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre