Kadina is the second of the ‘copper triangle’ towns. Kadina can also boast that it is the ‘capitol’ of the copper mining region. Another nice town it is and again heritage factors are important for the town. Kadina has a level hustle and bustle that goes with being the major centre.
The land that was to hold Kadina was surveyed in 1861 after copper was discovered at the site known as Wallaroo Mines (just southwest of today's Kadina town), by settlers who apparently saw wombats throwing copper to the surface. Exceptional amounts of copper were found in the following years. Copper was also found in large amounts at the nearby Mattar mine. The discovery of copper attracted many highly experienced Cornish miners to Kadina. The population of Kadina increased to 20,000 by 1875, mostly composed of Cornish miners.
In 1872, Kadina became a municipality and in 1878, a train line opened connecting Kadina to Wallaroo and Bute (also on the Yorke Peninsula). This rail line fell into disuse and was closed in 1989. Mining was completely stopped in 1938.
The town today consists of important historical colonial and federation buildings gathered around Victoria Square. Kadina and its surrounds are experiencing some minor growth due to the Copper Cove housing development at Wallaroo.
Kadina also contains the Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre (Kadina Heritage Museum) and remnants of the old Wallaroo Mines.
Kadina is a happening place with a lot to look at. A stopover is recommended to get the best out of this active community.