Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes
1 million Australian readers every month      list your event

Truro - The Travellers Rest

Home > Adelaide > Escape the City | Free | Historic Houses | Tours | Walks
by Steve Hudson (subscribe)
Inspired by Australia's natural, developing and fun environments. Join me. Get some inspiration.
Published June 23rd 2015
Take a tour of this Travellers Town
Truro, a small hamlet in the northeastern Barossa Valley, has a long and proud history of being a location where travellers would rest on route between the Murray River and Gawler. This history was discussed in great detail in the book "Truro The Travellers Rest" by Reg Munchenberg, and has now been incorporated in to several walks and scenic tours of the area by the Truro and District Community Association.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Former Council Chambers - Steve Hudson


There are two self-guided township tours available with a walk of the town being the most popular. The town drive includes a trip to the nearby (former) township of Barton, the site of the largest copper mine in the Barossa Valley.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
War Memorial - Steve Hudson


Truro Walk

Appropriately the 45 minute Truro Walk commences at the parking bay in the centre of town, and located between the two current most popular takeaways at the petrol station and the Sunrise Bakery. The Truro Walk heads west along the main road passing a number of buildings of significance including the former Police Station, the Post Office and the Town Hall.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Truro Hall - Steve Hudson


Continuing along the road we pass the former shops of the blacksmith, grocer, butcher, saddler, shoemaker and hardware, all reflecting the types of businesses required to support the travellers that travelled through Truro in the 19th Century. The invention of the motor vehicle put paid to many of these business, but the Truro Hotel has managed to stand the test of time and remains largely unchanged from its original design.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Truro Hotel - Steve Hudson


Most buildings in the main street are now privately held and are attractive personal residences. Some others have converted themselves in to new businesses including Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, bed and breakfast establishments and a number of antiques shops. The former Bank of Adelaide building stands out as a great advertisement for what can be done with former old buildings.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Former Bank of Adelaide - Steve Hudson


The walk now heads behind the main street and traverses a swing bridge to Heroes Park. This original water reserve was dedicated to World War One heroes in 1915 with numerous trees planted. A few years of disrepair were addressed in 1986, and the area has now become a popular picnic area complete with memorials, playground, an island, and a small creek.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Heroes Memorial - Steve Hudson


Heroes Park is also a different stopping point for travellers, this time for walkers traversing the Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare via the Eastern Mt Lofty Ranges. For bushwalkers looking for an extended trip, the walk south from Truro for about 5km takes walkers through a couple of pretty gorges, with plenty of running creeks during winter.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Heroes Park - Steve Hudson


The old Truro School stands atop a hill overlooking the main street is a great spot to view the layout of the town. Aside from some updated window shades and some more modern facilities, the school has changed little with a large school bell in the front courtyard being a great symbol of everlasting attentive communications.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Truro School - Steve Hudson


The walk then heads around the western end of town, and passes the former bakery, general store, doctor's surgery and Council office. The Weighbridge Restaurant and Motel is near the end of the walk, and is now the only place in the district that has multiple accommodation rooms and a restaurant.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Parking Bay - Steve Hudson


Truro and Barton Drive

Covering all parts of the walk, the Truro and Barton Drive takes visitors further around the town, and in to the neighbouring township of Barton. The total drive is 9km with an estimated time of 30 minutes, and can either be done in full in a car, or done by a combination of walk/drive as I did.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Wheal Barton Mine - Steve Hudson


In 1846, Charles Barton discovered copper in the area, and a few years later the small township bearing his name was formed. Heading east along George Street the drive passes some empty paddocks before coming across the Wheal Barton Mine.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Wheal Barton Mine - Steve Hudson


While the mine began in 1846, it had many stop/starts during the 19th Century due to inconsistent ore content and costs of transport, and was eventually closed in the late 1880's. The mine was subsequently revisited when the economics of transport reduced in the mid 20th Century, and operated for another 16 years before closing for good in 1972.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Abandoned Mine - Steve Hudson


Elsewhere on the drive, the row of aloes that formed a fence line near the mine are almost 160 years old. Regular trimming ensures that they don't encroach too much on the road space, while combining to create a solid fence that keeps out everyone including the most desperate of intruders.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Giant Aloe Fence - Steve Hudson


The short lifespan of the mine meant that it doesn't have the heritage of Moonta or Burra, but several former Miner's Cottages that have been converted to private residences indicate that the pioneer miners were willing to give it a try, and they invested in accommodation in the town.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Miner's Cottage - Steve Hudson


On the northern side of town, the remnants of the former railway station, yards and line are visible. The former Station Master's house stands atop the hillside overlooking these former rail yards that operated from 1917 to 1978.

Truro Travellers Rest, Barton, Dutton, Anlaby, St Kitts, Craneford Wines, Barossa Olives, Angels Rest B&B, Truro Railway Station, Wheal Barton Mine
Former Railyards - Steve Hudson


The two Truro tours are free and available to be conducted at anytime. Further information is available from the website (refer links above) or from the Information Board in the Parking Bay.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  55
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Halfway point to the River
When: Any time
Website: truro.sa.au
Where: Truro, South Australia
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Steve,it seems like Truro has more to offer than I thought was the case.Did not know about the copper mines.My Great Grandfather was born in Truro,so perhaps I better get on my skates and wander around.As always,another very well presented article.If I find a hole in the ground there,I might find a cousin jack!
by noelp (score: 3|1166) 905 days ago
Wow, I would love to visit - so shall put it on my to do list. My cousin owned the pub back in the 70's, 80's - not sure of the time really and I never got to visit him/it, but my love for historical places will get me there one day.
by Di Hill (score: 2|410) 905 days ago
It's nice that the tours are free, it seems like an area steeped in stories of the old...
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1129) 905 days ago
Have had a few quiet ales in the Truro when travelling through in years gone by. Some things never change !
by Stefano (score: 2|147) 906 days ago
More Adelaide articles
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions