Yorke Peninsula Day 9 – Moonta and Wallaroo

Another touring day today, our destination was Moonta which is located in the area known as the Copper Coast. We have been a little underwhelmed by the tourist towns on the Yorke but were rather surprised when we found this charming historic town with lots of the old stone buildings we have grown very fond of. This little 1866 cottage caught our fancy, It is call The Abbey and is for sale for $350k
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Lunch was a Cornish Pastie in the main street of Moonta. Later in the day we learned the history of the pastie, it was a meal that could be heated up in the mines and used to have a savory end and a sweet end for dessert.
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Moonta once had a population of about 20,000 and there are a lot of ruins and tailing piles in the mining areas where Cornish miners were working the copper mines. There is a walking trail and interpretive signs, unfortunately the museum was not open when we visited. Apparently the area was visited by the Duke of Edinburgh who was believed to have been Jack the Ripper.
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We passed through Wallara which is a deep sea port still used for grain transport. It is a pleasant town with a multi million dollar marina but not really our style. There is a big jetty and a swimming enclosure complete with netting, not sure why. The crab fishing from the jetty appeared to be very successful judging from the overflowing buckets..
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Our overnight stop was at the tiny town of Alford with a population of 45 (90 if you count the farms immediately around the town). The donation box was rather cute and had an emu mate called Emily.

​The locals are very friendly and one came with his dog and armed with goodos. Needless to say Goldie was in love while Flash had a great time playing with the Border Collie.

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