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.

The Kadina War Memorial is the gates to the Memorial gardens. A noted acknowledgement.

The hotels in Kadina are all 100 year plus buildings and of the classic deigns.

The Anglican and Catholic Churches are 100 year plus buildings. The United is modern.

Kadina is a happening place with a lot to look at. A stopover is recommended to get the best out of this active community.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course