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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
Published September 19th 2014
That Midnight Oil house in Burra
It's "that" house. The house in Burra. This house is so well known, so well photographed that it is instantly recognisable.

The Midnight Oil house in Burra
The Midnight Oil house in Burra (©paula mcmanus)


It was featured on the cover of Midnight Oil 's Diesel and Dust, an album which was released in 1987 and was #1 on the music charts for 6 weeks. Top Australian photographers Ken Duncan and Julie Fletcher have taken beautiful and striking photos of it and it was voted #2 in the 100 Best Views in Australia by Australian Traveller magazine.

Originally built in the 1920s the property is now owned by the Stockman family.

It would be nice to think that this house has a very special story to tell, but I think its story would be much like most from the day - the house was a home to a farming family. I think their story would say that they worked hard, endured many hardships and raised a healthy and happy family.

Midnight Oil house in Burra
The Midnight Oil house in Burra, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


Its location makes it a perfect place for a beautiful photo. The house, even in a ruinous state is magnificent against the hills and crops. It's a view that changes with the seasons and I never tire of looking at it.

The years and the harsh elements of the South Australian outback have taken their toll on the house - it was looking tired and worn out - but hey, who wouldn't at nearly 100 years of age? The locals recognised that this old homestead was worth saving and in 2013 started a preservation fund to restore and repair the house.

the Midnight Oil house in Burra
The Midnight Oil house in Burra, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)


It was brilliant news indeed that their Facebook page made the announcement in March this year that their goal had been reached. The appeal even made national television and support came in from all over the country. Repair work was started and the house is looking a lot tidier and, let's hope, safe from crumbling.

Works will always need to be done, so if you'd like to see the house stay for another 100 years you can donate to the fundraiser by sending your money to the Midnight Oil Preservation Fund, BankSA (BSB 105-017), account number 037142840.

The homestead is located on the Barrier Highway, just 3 kilometres north of Burra. There is a dirt road alongside the house where you can safely park your car, but please respect the property and the landowners and refrain from jumping the fence. There are plenty of great photos that can be taken from outside the fence line.

Burra is a historic copper mining town in the mid north of South Australia, approximately 160kms from Adelaide and is a perfect town for a weekend escape to explore and relax.

Midnight Oil house in Burra panorama
Panorama of the Midnight Oil house in Burra, South Australia (©paula mcmanus)
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Love the first photo Paula, fantastic colours!
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|10885) 1373 days ago
I didnt know it was on an album cover! We were only discussing this house a couple fo days ago ;)
by Caroline Lloyd (score: 1|73) 1371 days ago
THANKS Paula I enjoy your articles and have kept many of them as a reminder of where to go on the days. Where to go today
Thanks again Terry
by ladyw (score: 1|40) 1372 days ago
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