In 1851 the mine at BURRA was producing five percent of the world’s copper, but when the mines closed in 1877, it became a service centre for the surrounding farming community, and nowadays takes advantage of its heritage to attract visitors. Plenty of money has been spent restoring and beautifying the place, and it’s now a popular weekend escape between March and November, before it gets too hot. The mine is in the northern part of town, while the southern section has the shopping centre, based around Market Square, where you’ll also find the visitor centre, which issues the Burra Heritage Passport to people driving the 11km heritage trail and a key giving access to eight sites en route.