A Trip Back in Time

August 24, 2012

Welcome to the Blinman underground experience

Blinman is celebrating 150 years of the Blinman Heritage Mine and in many ways of Blinman itself. If you’re interested in history and heritage and the survival of small outback towns, then on the weekend of the 13th -14th October Blinman is the place to be.

The Blinman Heritage Tourist Mine opened in April 2011. This year sees the 150th Anniversary of the mine and what better time to officially open the tours. Welcome to the Blinman underground experience. You will take a journey into the heart of an historic copper mine that was mined in the Cornish method. Installed are innovative sound and light systems; which include; storytelling, music, a mix of theatre and history; along with experienced tour guides. The tour transports people back in time, to the lives of the miners and their families during the second half of the 19th century.

Visitors are raving about the underground experience and Blinman. Comments such; ‘Congratulations to all who made this possible’, ‘Best mine tour ever, thank you,’ are a great encouragement for the small local communities Progress Association who run the project, live in and around the town and generally share a strong affiliation with the success of this endeavor. As part of our mine tour and as a community generally we share this with you and offer you the opportunity to experience life in a small outback town, that has struggled to survive, but shows its determination to continue to be alive.

Blinman would not be called Blinman without Robert (Pegleg) Blinman, who as a shepherd working on Angorichina Station, discovered copper, at what is still the site of the mine today. Blinman Mine or Wheal Blinman as it was called in 1862 was a working copper mine between the years of 1862 and 1907. At the peak of its operation Blinman township had a population of approximately 1500. Today Blinman has a permanent population of just 22, plus the residents of the surrounding pastoral properties. We understand that without those people in the 19th century who struggled to make a living through minerals in our region, our heritage, culture, values and lives would be different.

Come and take part in the celebrations of a truly historic town, with a unique heritage and character. Visit the famous historic North Blinman Hotel. The old school building houses the rustic Wild Lime Café, and some of the heritage buildings have been transformed into unique B&B’s. The surrounds of Blinman also comprise some of the most picturesque station stays imaginable; all of which offer an amazing array of activities. Blinman cemetery and the Blinman walking trail are a rare treat for the historian, the geologist and the nature lover in us all.

The road from Wilpena to Blinman is an excellent sealed road and Blinman is a great base from which to explore the stunning and rugged scenery of the local gorges and surrounds.

The months of September and October in Blinman are bursting with special activities. The festivities kick off with the Flinders Ranges ‘A Brush With Art Exhibition, opening in Blinman on the 15th September until 6th October. This is followed by the 10th year of ‘Cook Outback’, a camp oven cook off to be held on

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