Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide : 2018-2019 Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide
Iron Knob | eyrepeninsula.com 25 IRON KNOB 89 kilometres from Kimba map reference T4 Iron Knob, just off the Eyre Highway, is synonymous with the early development of BHP (now BHP Billiton) and the birth of the Australian steel industry. In 1894 the first iron ore deposit was discovered, and the town developed between the sister quarries of Iron Knob and Iron Monarch. These two quarries supplied ore for the Whyalla Steelworks, 52 kilometres away, and over the years other mines (Iron Baron, Iron Prince and Iron Queen) opened in the Middleback Ranges to meet demand. Iron is also mined from Iron Duke, which opened in 1990 about 50 kilometres south of Whyalla. Currently, the Iron Monarch and Iron Princess sister mines have reopened. Facilities at Iron Knob include a golf club and a bowls club. There is a pet-friendly camping ground with waste disposal facilities, a camp kitchen and a post office offering refreshments and basic groceries. The tourist centre at the top end of town includes a museum, photograph gallery, mineral and memorabilia display as well as a large range of iron ore jewellery for sale in the souvenir shop. Entry is free, and tea and coffee is also available at no charge. You can take a tour of the Iron Knob mine which is located directly behind the town. Knowledgeable guides will also educate you on the history of the area. Take in the view from the top; the varying colours of ore make for a great photo. Australia’s Great Road Journey www.nullarbormap.com.au Adelaide > Eyre Peninsula > The Nullarbor > The Golden Outback > Perth Be sure to download the app before you begin your journey. Discover the diversity of our unique landscapes, immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and unearth the fresh tastes of our region.