Exploring the historic town of Burra

I awoke this morning not feeling too great. Luckily we weren’t in a hurry to get anywhere so I was able to take it easy and have a soak in the clawfoot bath. Luckily I did feel better after this. Breakfast was another salad roll (Kevin had some cereal).

By 10.30am we set off to the visitors centre. It was close enough to walk but we needed the car for todays outing so we drove. The lady there was super friendly and helpful. We purchased the Burra Passport which provides a list of places to visit and a key which you gives to entrance to some of them.

We headed off. Kevin missed the turn to our first stop so we visited the old Railway station instead. They are currently turning the train into a cafe – which is a awesome idea I think. This town has such a fascinating history

We then drove back to our intended first stop – the Bon Accord Mining Complex. We watched a video explaining the history of the mine. And then walked around to see artefacts that had been collected. 

Including some amazing old fire trucks.

You could also see down into mine shaft. We all know the horrendous working conditions that miners suffered back in the day, but I was shocked to hear that the one hour descent and ascent to their place in the mine was not paid for !!!

We then drove to the mine lookout. There were three stages of the mine here. Firstly underground – in search of copper which wasn’t really found, then a small open cut mine – again not much found, then in the 70s the big open cut mine – where they did actually find significant amounts of copper. The open cut is now filled with water, which is a stunning shade of turquoise.

Next we drove to a lookout over the town of Burra.

Then finally to the reconstructed Cornish pump house (the only one of it’s kind in the world).

We walked up to the top for another view of the mine.

We then drove around to visit a number of other sights

including the Police Lock up….

And Redruth Gaol…

One of the old homes we stopped had a little sparrow(?) sitting on a window ledge singing away. It was so cute. And not fazed by us in the least.

Kevin had had enough by now so we decided to call it a day and we headed back into town. The cafe I wanted to eat at was still closed but there was another one close by that offered to make me a vegan wrap.

We had a little look in the adjoining shop

Then went back to the airbnb. Kevin always likes to have extra relax/downtime on holidays but isn’t always able to fit it in. On this trip he has been able to, which I know he has enjoyed and appreciated. We watched from more YouTube and then Kevin had leftovers for dinner while I had some potatoes with Asian Noodle Salad.

Staying in a Historically listed town

Sadly it was time for us to leave Arkaba today. But before we did we met up with Abbie for an early morning walk (Greg & Alice had gone on the truck to see the swag camping places). She took it nice and slow (for me) and we walked along a river bed and then back to the home. It took us about 45mins which was quite enough for me (without overdoing things).

 We were greeted with nice wet cold cloth when we arrived back and had some time to cool down before breakfast. Unfortunately like most meals – they were running late and it was more like 9.30am before we were served breakfast. I had rice pudding – which was delicious and a change from the muesli. However, I didn’t get any more food, whereas the others had a hot course. I wasn’t too worried but it would have been nice. There was obviously some miscommunication somewhere between me and the chef.

We said our farewells to Greg & Alice who were headed back to Adelaide (they had been great companions to share time with and we really enjoyed their company. They are in the travel industry and very well travelled so we had plenty to discuss). We then went back to our room. Kevin wasn’t feeling too good so he laid down for a bit while I started packing and had a shower & got ready for the day. When Kevin was feeling better we got the car packed up.

Then it was time to make some tea for the road and say goodbye to our guides and host. We had such a wonderful time here and I’m thankful to Kevin’s work that we had the opportunity to stay and enjoy this very special place.

We left just after 11am and got the first drops of rains shortly after. Talk about timing. It was a rather cloudy day but the grey sky looked amazing against the wheat farms.

We made a stop to see one of the blades from the wind turbine ). It is huge !!! And I know they make larger ones than this.

We arrived in the historically listed town of Burra about 2pm.

We stopped “in town” to get some groceries and something for lunch. Kevin got a pie from the bakery and I bought some rolls. Yet another visit to IGA and we all set.

It was only a few minutes drive to our airbnb – Hollyhock Cottage. It is an old miners cottage built in 1860 and beautiful decorated, in keeping with the age of the cottage, yet has all the modern conveniences and comfort. This is definitely not my normal style/taste but it was really nice to experience it for a change – and very fitting when staying in a listed town.

Since it was now almost 3pm I made a salad roll for a rather late lunch.

We settled in for the afternoon since Kevin wasn’t feeling great (still/again) and it had started raining just as we finished unpacking the car. We had the option here of parking in the street in front of the cottage or around the back undercover – we chose around the back and Kevin was able to charge the Tesla. I also did a load of washing since there was a machine in the back shed.

Later I enjoyed a treat I had picked up at the bakery – though the icing was a bit too sweet so I left that part.

Tonights dinner was “chicken” green Thai curry, which we both really enjoyed.

And surprisingly we could even see a bit of the sunset from outside the cottage.