Burra Conservation Project: significance of site
In the 1840s Burra was the site of Australia's first great mining boom. The physical legacy of its 19th century copper economy still dominates the town. Twenty years ago local government and the National Trust developed a whole of Burra interpretation program focused on the unique tourist pass key system - the Burra Passport. This allows visitors to unlock the doors to Burra's past and experience the town as a multi-sited open air museum. It is a successful example of Australian heritage tourism sustaining a small rural economy and sustainable conservation of an historic town.
Burra is also the place where Australia's internationally regarded charter for conservation was proclaimed - the Burra Charter.