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Copper Coast Rail Trail

South Aust. Regional

5 based on 2 reviews
Location: 150km north of Adelaide
Length: 25 km
Surface: Sealed
Start / End: Kadina to Moonta
Public Transport: Coach
Suitable for:
  • Cycling – Mountain BikesCycling – Mountain Bikes
  • Cycling – Touring and Hybrid BikesCycling – Touring and Hybrid Bikes
  • PramsPrams
  • WalkingWalking

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
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  • Connects the inland town of Kadina with the coastal towns of Wallaroo and Moonta.
  • Provides contrasting scenery from dryland interior to beaches.
  • Provides access to the historic Moonta mine site.
  • Connects with Moonta Bay and Port Hughes cycle trails.

Nearby Attractions

  • Moonta Bay, Port Hughes and Wallaroo townships have extensive sandy beaches
  • Jetties and boat-launching facilities provide access to plentiful fishing
  • The area is rich in mining and agricultural history, with many museums
  • Moonta Mine Museum is a great family attraction and it connects with the rail trail
  • The wealth generated by copper mining is reflected in the many late 1800s buildings
  • The biennial Kernewek Lowender festival celebrates the area’s strong Cornish heritage

Last updated: 28 April 2024

The Copper Coast Rail Trail connects the copper mines in Kadina (the mine was called the Wallaroo Mine even though it is today within the township of Kadina) to the deep-sea jetty in the township of Wallaroo. The trail is within the original rail corridor and vegetation is confined to low dryland shrubs with the occasional taller tree. The path is in good condition and there are several shelters along the trail and facilities at each end. The 17km 2022 extension of the trail now connects the towns of Wallaroo and Moonta. The trail has been constructed on the original rail corridor and is well protected by native vegetation.

Section Guides

Kadina to Wallaroo (8 km)

The rail trail begins in at Powell Terrace, not far from the main roundabout on the Copper Coast Highway. There is a shade shelter at this point; there are shops on the opposite side of the roundabout, and over the Copper Coast Highway.

When the trail crosses Lipsom St there are remnants of the Wallaroo mines on the left.

The trail continues through open country to the outskirts of Wallaroo to Wallaroo jetty.

Wallaroo to Moonta (17 km)

This section of trail was completed in 2022.

The trail leaves the Kadina to Wallaroo Section at Ryan Street, approximately 500m from the Wallaroo Railway Station. The trail diverts left into Cornish Terrace then right along Park Terrace and then right onto Magazine Road before turning left onto the rail trail. This short diversion is necessary as the original railway has been consumed by the town golf course.

13.5km from Wallaroo, the trail provides an excellent view of the Wheal Hughes open cut copper mine.

The trail continues straight to Moonta. Cross Kadina Road and the trail follows the curve of the railway past Crossroads Station site, Yelta Mine and arriving at Moonta Railway Station which is now the Moonta Information Centre.

Car Parking

Kadina – Parking is available along Powell Terrace which is adjacent to the rail trail

Wallaroo – Parking is available along John Terrace (near the information centre which was the former Wallaroo Railway Station) and Irwine Street, near the playground. Parking is also available at the rear of the shopping centre, off Jetty Street.

Moonta – Parking is available at the Moonta Information Centre (Moonta Railway Station). As you approach Moonta from Kadina or Wallaroo the Railway Station can be seen on the left. Turn left off Kadina Road, just before entering Moonta.

Side Trails

Moonta to Moonta Bay (2.5km)

After leaving the Moonta Railway Station ride along Blyth Terrace, turn left onto Henry Street and proceed to Queen Square, a large maintained reserve in the centre of Moonta

(the shopping precinct is in George Street near Queen Square). Continue along Henry Street and turn right into Milne Terrace and continue to Bay Road where the shared use path continues to Moonta Bay.

Moonta to Port Hughes (4km)

A shared use path commences in Moonta at the junction of Milne Terrace and Port Hughes Road and terminates at the Port Hughes jetty.

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2 reviews of “Copper Coast Rail Trail”

Starts at the info centre in the Moonta Mines area. Gravel to Kadina Road (be careful crossing here), then sealed asphalt all the way to Wallaroo. Undulating landscape, with good views of Spencer Gulf to the west. Several remnants of the copper mining heritage along the trail, including a water well and a fuel? bunker. Bicycle repair station is a handy addition; payment required.
Trail finishes on the other side of the golf course in Wallaroo, with no directions as to where to find the trail to Kadina, however if you cross the road and follow the semi-circular road into Wallaroo, you will soon see the Kadina trail on your right. Alternatively you can follow the Kadina trail into town and have a bite, before cycling 9 kilometres to Kadina, which is mostly uphill. Interesting features along here too, including the old racecourse and heritage listed buildings from the mining era. Overall, a great ride.

Background Information

Traditional owners

We acknowledge the Narangga people, the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways on which the rail trail is built.

Town naming

Wallaroo is derived from the Aboriginal term dharug walaru –a macropod, or medium-sized member of the marsupial family that includes kangaroos and wallabies.

Kadina is derived from the Aboriginal term kaddy-yeena – lizard plain.’

Moonta is derived from the Aboriginal term moonta-moonterra –‘impenetrable scrub.’

Development and future of the rail trail 

A future shared use path is proposed to follow the Mines Road between Moonta and Kadina. This would create a triangular circuit, 41 km in length, between the three Copper Coast town of Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta.

There is the potential to connect Kadina and Port Wakefield (50km to the south) utilising the existing unused railway corridor. This will link with the existing Copper Rail Trail between Port Wakefield and Balaklava. Construction of a rail trail between Kadina and Port Wakefield would also connect the start and end of the ‘Walk the Yorke’ walking and cycling trail, creating an impressive ‘loop’ around the peninsula that would be close to 600km in length.

There is the potential to connect Kadina to Barunga Gap via an unused rail corridor which will link with the proposed Grain rail trail between Barunga Gap and Brinkworth.

Rail line history

In 1862 a horse-drawn tramway was constructed between the port of Wallaroo and the copper mines near Kadina (known as the Wallaroo Mines). In 1866 a tramway line was constructed between the Moonta Mines and the Port of Wallaroo. In 1878 a railway line was constructed from Kadina to Port Wakefield where it connected with an existing line which extended to Balaklava. A railway operated between East Moonta and Moonta Bay from 1895 to 1931. Unfortunately the shared use path between Moonta and Moonta Bay is located 500m south of the old rail corridor so it can not be called a rail trail.

By 1878 a railway line extended across the top of Yorke Peninsula and it became known as the Balaklava – Moonta railway line.

Between 1984 and 1990 the Balaklava – Moonta was progressively closed.

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