We finally arrived at Burra by lunchtime to meet up with the Camper Trailer Group at Princess Royal Station. The property began life as a copper mining enterprise in 1845 and is now a conglomeration of several properties, totalling 21 700 acres. It now specialises in producing beef and has several feedlots. There is a magnificent old homestead on the property, surrounded by mature trees, so is extremely difficult to photograph.
|Sunset at Princess Royal Station|
|Early morning at Princess Royal|
Today we toured Burra, exploring its mining heritage. Copper mining saved the South Australian government from bankruptcy. Although copper is no longer mined there, the past wealth is evident in the buildings. Due to a timber shortage all the buildings are made of stone, fences are dry stone wall construction. There are some impressive buildings, many still standing but others are in ruins. One of the most impressive landmarks is the monster mine site, now open cut, but it was originally tunnelling underground, to significant depths. The remaining pit is one of the southern hemisphere’s deep sea diving training sites.
|Old mine chimney in Burra|
|Old mine now used for diving training|
Paxtons Row miners cottages in Burra
|Old miners' dugouts in the creek bed for those who couldn't afford housing|
|Water hole in Burra Creek at Redbanks|
|Mulga parrots, Redbanks|
|Deeply eroded gullies, Redbanks|