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Burra Passport Tour
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Burra
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Owner description: Unlock the secrets of Burra's heritage with our unique Passport Key. Burra’s unique Heritage Passport allows the visitor access to nine locked sites, including the Monster Mine area, Redruth Gaol, the underground Unicorn Brewery cellars and the Dugouts. Free entry to Burra’s Museums during their opening hours is now included with the cost of the passport! A comprehensive guide book details 49 historic sites over an 11 km driving trail. We've recently created an exciting digital experience to accompany the Burra Heritage Passport. Enquire at the Visitor Centre. The Passport is great value for money, with discounts given for concession card holders, seniors and National Trust members. School age children (with parents) are FREE! Available seven days a week from the Burra and Goyder Visitor Information Centre.
Reviewed May 16, 2013

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!!

1  Thank Phyl3934
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Just another one of the many unheralded interesting, important & significant sights in SA. The town does a great job to promote its values against the PR marketing belief that everyone who come to SA wants to taste wines. This 'passport 'works on 'trust' which in itself is a bit unusual these days. It is a must to really appreciate all the sights in the tour. Fascinating history even for non historians (like me) so make sure you allow plenty of time to explore & just smell the roses at each site & imagine what life was like in the busy rich days.

Thank Greg T
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We came here on the Passport tour some 14 years ago and even then it was an eye opener but now with the completion of various exhibits it is an outstanding tour, The history of all the places visited was amazing and we were luck enough to have Steve Pippos as a guide. Steve, for those who don't know is an Australian well renounded photographer and he also did the cover for the Midnight Oil's 1st record album. You must visit Burra and do the tour with the key

Thank olie293
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Worth the money, make sure you allow 3hrs or more to visit. National Trust members pay $5 each , non members $25

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Its good to go somewhere so interesting that you didn't know a lot about and then find a overwhelming amount of history. This is a very interesting area and was only here a day so I want to come back... The town is nice, the history and mine is very well set up and lots to see with info boards always around. I really liked this surprising place

1  Thank Mike M
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