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Iron Knob - Mine Tours
Iron Knob is said to be the birth place of the Steel Industry in Australia and has certainly played a prominent role in the life of South Australia. After nearly 100 years, mining at Iron Knob ended in April 1998, when the last ore was taken from the Iron Monarch open cut pit. Though some stock piles are still evident at Iron Monarch and if commodity prices are favourable in the future there still is ore to be extracted from these locations.
You can take a tour of the Iron Knob Mine which sits directly behind the town. Whilst on the tour you will also learn a little of the Towns history from your guide.
The views are fantastic from the top and the varying colours of the ore and over burden provide a great photo opportunity.
Iron Knob Town and Mine Tours
Monday to Friday 9:15am - 12:15pm and 1:15-2:45pm
Special requests please call Tourist Centre 08 86462129
or Post Office: 08 86462064
Iron Knob Tourist Centre Enquiries and Bookings
Phone: Office Hours 0886462129
Note: Enclosed footwear is essential due to safety regulations. Tour availability is subject to extreme weather and mining activity (eg Blasting), in which case they may be unavailable or delayed.
The photo above shows you the path that workers once had to travel before commencing work. This issue caused a strike at the mine and BHP were forced to provide a bus for the workers.Find out the full story on the tour.
Now that mining has recommenced in Iron Knob you can view the newly re-opened Princess Mine in action from the hill top view. Arrium mining has worked with the Iron Knob Progress Association to ensure that our tours can still operate and have upgraded the 'hill top viewing area' road to ensure all weather safe passage.
You will also view the recently re-located golf course which had to be shifted to accommodate the mining
activity. Photo on right shows the old golf course location.