Once one of Australia’s largest inland towns thanks to copper mining, Burra now has the title of one of the oldest. In it’s booming mining days Burra was home to communities of migrants from places like Scotland, Cornwall and Wales, each building their town in the style of their homelands. Today many of the settlements remain only as ruins. The area survives as a business centre for local farms and as a historic tourist attraction. Burra is the mineral rich red dirt from Australia’s heart, it’s the thriving pastoral communities, and it’s the migrant pioneers who settled on this land.
Situated halfway between Adelaide and Port Augusta, the Burra area is one part red dirt country and one part pastoral land, here purple flowers grow in the long grass beside a red dirt road which leads to the hills; Outside town, in the rolling pastoral fields and grassy hill, many old stone cottages have been left abandoned.
The old and the new, copper mining at the old Monster Mine, once the largest mineral mine in the country, ceased in 1877 but began again for a decade in 1971 as a modern open cut mine; The white stone cottages of Paxton Terrace beneath a blue sky, the thirty-three terraced stone cottages form three sides of a town block and were built to house miners in 1849.
A shadow over the rolling pastoral fields that surround this historic mining town which was once the largest inland town in the country.
An old stone wall with a door in it.
The stone remains of a cottage doorway in former English settlement of Hampton, now inhabited by long grass and purple flowers with fluffy white clouds overhead; The remains of a cottage that once overlooked rolling green hills and a river of purple wildflowers at the former English settlement of Hampton, now a village of ruins.
A handwritten sign and lock on a wooden door for the Passport Key, a tourism initiative in this significant heritage town which allows visitors to unlock and enter a range of heritage sites.
Terraced stone cottages with the rolling hills of farmland behind; Old wooden double doors on the corner of a stone building, beneath the low corrugated iron verandah roofs typical of hot inland Australia.
Looking up the hill to a row of terraced stone cottages which look like they’ve been plucked straight out of the United Kingdom.
One of the gutted and abandoned stone buildings of the old mine site, now roofless under a blue sky with purple wildflowers growing out the front; The warped wooden tunnels of the old mine, filled with tumbleweeds.
A very thick stone wall at the old mine site, surrounded by long grass and purple flowers.
One of the larger old stone homes, with a verandah, yellow roses out the front and farmland beyond the picket fence.