Kapunda is the next ‘unda’ in the Barossa Valley towns. Kapunda is also a crossroads town. Kapunda is also a relatively prosperous town that successfully feeds off the Barossa Valley tourist boom.
Kapunda was established after a discovery in 1842 of significant copper deposits. Francis Dutton and Captain Charles Bagot, who both ran sheep in the area, discovered copper ore outcrops in 1842... Mining began with the removal of surface ore and had progressed to underground mining by the end of the year.
Kapunda is famous as the home of Sir Sidney Kidman. He was a major cattle pastoralist who at one time owned 68 properties with a total area larger than the British Isles He held annual horse sales at Kapunda with up to 3,000 horses sold during the week. His house, Eringa, was donated to the Education Department, and is still used as the administration building for Kapunda High School.