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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Kadina, South Australia

The largest of the Copper Coast towns

Driving in from Adelaide, Kadina is the first of the Copper Coast towns that you come to. Like the other towns, it owes its existence to the mining of copper from the nearby copper mines. Once the mines were closed, and ones close to Kadina stayed operating until 1938, much later than the Moonta mines, it became a service town for the local area.


The Royal Exchange Hotel, it is the second hotel on this spot, the current hotel was built in 1874 and it got its prefix 'royal' when Queen Victoria's grandson the Duke of Clarence stayed there in 1880. The hotel is a beautiful example of an Australian country pub with its long verandahs

Like all good country towns, Kadina has a number of old style pubs.
The Wombat Hotel, possibly named for that wombat the dug up the copper at Moonta mines?! Originally the established as Wombat House in 1861, a boarding house for men.



The Kadina Hotel, I noticed that all three pubs have an enclosed outdoor area, not something I had seen in many pubs. For safety perhaps, so children don't run out onto the road? Or anyone else going on the road as there's also roadside barriers.

Copper made the town quite prosperous so there are some nice examples of colonial architecture in the centre of the town.


This lovely building is the bus station!


The Town Hall, it's opposite Victoria Square. (Same as in Adelaide!)


The rotunda in Victoria Square, it was built in 1897. The money for its construction was raised by having a bicycle race, a fair and private donations. (Helpful Heritage Walk pamphlet information!) The square has a large modern playground which is popular with families.


This delightful old building I thought had originally been a private house for a wealthy owner. But as with most South Australian country towns, any kind of substantial building in the town centre, it had been a bank. Now a real estate office.


Old time movie house, still the Kadina cinema.

And nearby a coffee shop.

Kadina is very much a service town, coming into the town there are car yards, huge farm machinery yards, agricultural businesses and offices. The town centre has some nice colonial buildings and interesting pubs, but I found it very quiet! I drove through on a Saturday afternoon and was surprised to see all the shops and cafes shut. I wondered if they still had half day Saturday trading which stopped in Adelaide many, many years ago.


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