Australian Towns & Cities
South Australia: Burra
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Burra, an old copper mining town in South Australia's mid north is located on the Barrier Highway and set amongst a striking range of bald hills about 150 km north of Adelaide. The discovery of copper in the mid 1840's attracted the first settlers to the Burra region. The town originally consisted of various satellite villages with each based upon a different British group (Cornish, English, Welsh etc). While the villages eventually merged together, the town still has a divided look with essentially a north and south Burra existing today with South Burra being the centre for the town as a whole. While the mining operations lasted only for about 35 years, Burra now relies on tourism and the local wool, wheat and beef industries to support the town. Of interest in Burra are the disused copper mines where there are daily tours and several historic buildings still standing from the mining heyday.


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Young Street:
Young St (Barrier Hwy (A32)) as it passes through the northern part of Burra, November 2016.

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Welsh Creek:
Old bridge (now bypassed) over Welsh Creek in the northern part of Burra, November 2016. Taken from Morehead St.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census QuickStats

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