This has got to be one of the best tourist ideas going. At the Burra Visitor Centre you pay a fee of around $20 a head and in return you get a guide booklet and key (pay a refundable deposit for this) which you use to visit many historical sites as you drive the 11 kilometres of this heritage tour. We visited old mine sites, police lock up and stables, old gaol, lookouts etc. At 2 of the sites there was a museum and a guide with a great sense of humour and knowledge of the area's history. At other sites like the Redruth Gaol, the key allowed you to enter and look around at your leisure.
The concept of allowing tourists to use a key to visit sites which otherwise would not be open was brilliant and should be explored by other towns to allow tourists to visit sites where it isn't financially viable to have staff man the site.
If you're going to Burra, this Passport is a must!!
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