Mine shafts, chimney stacks, engine houses, powder magazines and the distinctive English terraced cottages in Paxton Square are mute testimony to the fact that Burra was built on copper extracted by miners imported mainly from Cornwall and the valleys of Wales.
Burra’s golden age as ‘the largest inland centre in Australia’ have long gone, along with the Bald Hills copper, but the memory lingers through the heritage buildings and museum collections.
That heritage is captured by such distinctive buildings as the miners' dugouts - simple shelters that once were home to about 1800 miners and their families - Redruth Gaol, the mid-19th century cluster of cottages of Malowen Lowarth and the Burra Market Square Museum, which lives the past through a recreated cottage, general store and post office.
Today the town of 1200 is the commercial centre for surrounding agricultural producers. Clare, its vineyards and wine tasting rooms are just 30km to the south-west.
Many of the exterior shots for the film Breaker Morant were shot in and round Burra, which is Hindi for ‘great’.