Resource Magnetite (Fe3O4), Copper (Cu), Gold (Au)

In January 2015, Cu-River  Mining Australia Pty Ltd took over ownership of the Cairn Hill mine.

Status Operating
Mining operation

Open pit

Location 55 km south east of Coober Pedy, 16 km from the Stuart Highway and 90 km from the Wirrida Sidingcairn_hill on the Tarcoola to Alice Springs railway 
Tenement information

Download map showing location of Cairn Hill tenements via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

The deposit The Cairn Hill ore bodies occur within deformed Paleoproterozoic iron-rich sediments in the Mount Woods Inlier in the northern Gawler Craton
Resource estimates and production statistics

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly).

Approval process
  • Mining lease granted April 2008
  • Revised program for environment protection and rehabilitation for Cairn Hill Mine approved by South Australian Governmment in October 2017 allowing for an extension to the operations
Documents and reports

Mining lease proposal

Program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR)

Mining compliance report

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