Delve into the rich history of Kapunda

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Kapunda is nestled in the heart of the Light Region and is surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque nature trails, an hour’s drive north of Adelaide.

Kapunda’s claim to fame as Australia’s oldest mining town started in 1842 with the discovery of copper by Francis Dutton and Captain Charles Bagot.

The ore was rich, and its earnings substantially helped the state from bankruptcy.

According to Bill Adams from the Kapunda Business Alliance, one of the main reasons to head to Kapunda is the Kidman Connection.

Kapunda was home of the legendary Sir Sidney Kidman, who was without a doubt one of Australia’s largest landowners with the title of ‘Cattle King’.

“He spent the majority of this life in and around Kapunda,” Bill Adams said.

“He was very generous in the Second World War effort, donating aeroplanes and ambulances for the forces.”

Visitors can start their adventure by visiting his former home located at the Kapunda High School.

Collect a Kidman Connection brochure and learn about the places either owned by or associated with Sir Sidney Kidman.

Council and the community are working together to explore ideas, some of which relate to attracting tourists to Kapunda to assist in stimulating capital investment into other facilities; such as restaurants and accommodation.

Coupled up with the Mine Site, Town Square, The Art Gallery, various street sculptures, murals and other attractions placed along the epicurean and discoverers’ ways, the future for Kapunda looks bright.

Kapunda is also in the process through the Light Regional Council of creating a town square.

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“There will be a stage, plenty of paving, seating and the car park which is being sealed shortly,” Bill said.

“It is expected that the town square will be largely completed by the end of this year.”

Visit the Kapunda Visitor Information Centre, where the friendly staff will inspire and guide other experiences around town.

The 10km Kapunda Heritage Driving Trail can either be traversed or experienced as a video at the Visitor Information Centre.

The video features a fascinating then and now look at Kapunda, showcasing the rich and diverse history of the beautiful stone buildings, churches, hotels and gardens.

The Kapunda Museum is a highly regarded folk museum operated by volunteers and a must visit according to Bill Adams.

“There's a very good segment on well-known engineers Hawke and Co. who manufactured weighbridges which can be found all over Australia,” Bill said.

Kapunda Community Gallery in it’s Main Street location is open seven days a week and is a must-see for those interested in the arts.

People visiting Kapunda will also see the beginning of the Kapunda Murals Project which will showcase the town’s rich history and local artistic talents and is set to expand over the next few years.

The mural project idea came from the small town of Sheffield in Tasmania, which is famous for its murals depicting the town’s rich history.

The concept was introduced locally by the Kapunda Community Gallery and then the Kapunda Business Alliance.

It was then taken to Light Regional Council, who backed it in principal and presented to the community in 2016 for possible themes and ideas. 

With the pace of yesterday and the needs of today, Kapunda is an ideal location to stay and relax.

Pick up your copy of the 70 Things to Do and See in Kapunda brochure from the Visitor Information Centre.