MINE & TOWN 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.
The Historic Digger
Water in the Iron Monarch pit
A distant view of Iron Monarch
A modern day digger circuit
Mainline train being loaded with crushed hematite
A loaded truck hauling 150 ton of product
Two drills work in tandem drilling holes in preparation to fill with explosives