Eyre Peninsula: Koppio – the Heritage Museum in the Middle of Nowhere

Koppio Smithy Museum

 Shortly after we purchased our first caravan in 2011, I bought our very first Caravan and Motorhome magazine. It was about the Eyre Peninsula which immediately made it to the "Bucket List" even though it took us a few years to get here. One of the segments was about the Koppio Smithy museum, which was a must visit location on this trip. Koppio these days is a locality not an actual town and there is no bitumen access (except the 200 or so metres directly  in front of the museum!). There did not appear to be any shops but the museum sells drinks, snacks and ice cream. Access from the Cummins-Tumby Bay road was apparently the better and shorter dirt road. I took lots of pictures as we spent a fascinating couple of hours exploring this fantastic place which contains a large number of sheds and buildings many of which have been transported and rebuilt at the site.

Some words from www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/koppio-smithy-museum/

The museum is set in the picturesque Koppio Hills and features the original Blacksmith shop and two bedroom cottage (restored), ‘Glenleigh’ a lovely thatch cottage (1890), the Koppio one-teacher schoolhouse (1934 to 1970) also featuring a unique collection of very early Aboriginal artefacts, a 1910 Port Lincoln tailor shop, Bank of Adelaide building, White Flat Post Office (reportedly the smallest Post Office in the State, Heritage Hall (a wonderful collection from the home of the Jericho family and a range of display sheds covering Tractors & Farm Machinery, stationary engines, Shearing, Grain Story, Hay Story, vehicles and Print Room. The blacksmith’s shop and cottage was built by Thomas Brennand in 1905. This was the perfect place for a blacksmith as it was the crossroads to all of the district. Also being the local Post Office, it was a great gathering place. The Brennand Family donated 2½ acres of their farm to the National Trust. Locals restored the blacksmith and cottage and it was opened to the public in 1968. The museum has grown considerable thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers.

I took rather a lot of photos so to make the page load well I added the images them as a slideshow rather than a gallery - please scroll through the slides on the bottom of the post to see them all!


After spending several hours in  Koppio we headed over to Cummins for some shopping and to sample the renowned bakery. Cummins is rather a strange design with the railway line running through the middle of the town effectively cutting it in half. It is tidy but uninspiring but the pies and vanilla slices at the bakery were excellent. The lovely ladies at the bakery told us we should visit the park up the road to inspect the public toilets which had been decorated with an assortment of mosaics.

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