Iron Knob

Iron Knob

A birthplace of the Australian steel industry.


Iron Knob, just off the Eyre Highway, is synonymous with the early development of BHP (now OneSteel) and the birth of the Australian steel industry. It was here in 1894 that the first iron ore deposit was discovered and the town consequently developed between the sister quarries of Iron Knob and Iron Monarch. 

Take a tour of the local Mining Museum at the Iron Knob Community Tourist Centre displaying old mining equipment, mineral specimens and interpretive photographs. There is also a theatre with an informative video showing the mining and steelmaking process. Opening hours vary, so do call ahead on 8646 2129. Also operating from the Iron Knob Community Tourist Centre are Mine Lookout Tours, run on weekdays between 9.15am to 12.30pm and 1.15pm – 2.45pm. This is dependent on tour guide availabilty and weather/mining activities permitting. Visitors must be accompanied by a guide in their vehicle and enclosed footwear is essential.

Facilities in Iron Knob include a post office with limited provisions, internet access and public toilets. There is a spacious camping area adjacent to the post office (entry by donation).