Unicorn Brewery Cellars

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Open: All year daily 9-17. Closed Christmas Day. The key is part of the Burra Heritage Passport can be obtained from the Burra Tourist Office. [2004]
Fee: Unicorn Brewery Cellars only: Adults AUD 5.
Burra Heritage Passport: Adults AUD 15, Concession AUD 11.
Dimension: Ar=2,000 m².
Guided tours:  
Address: Unicorn Brewery Cellars, Bridge Terrace, Burra, South Australia, 5417.
Burra Tourist Office, Market Square, Burra. S.A., Tel: +61-8-8892-2154, Fax: +61-8-8892-2555. E-mail: contact
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1873 brewery built.
1902 licensing laws introduced, brewery closed.
1911 buildings demolished.
1913 Brewery Cottage converted into a residence.
1972 cellars opened to the public.
1987 cellars were acquired by the District Council of Burra Burra.
1988 Brewery Cottage baught by Josephine or Vincent Burke.
1989 cellars reopened.


The Unicorn Brewery was built in 1873, with offices, cooper's workshop, malting tower, steam engine and boiler. Huge underground storage tunnels and cellars were excavated to store the beer. This brewery supplied beer for Burra and along the railway line to Broken Hill. The brewery closed in 1902, when licensing laws were introduced, but this was just the last drop. The closure of the mine and the decline in the town's population made the brewerie unnecessary. Later, in 1911, most of buildings were demolished for their stone. Only the manager's residence and the cellars remain unchanged. And there are the remains of the walls of the brewery block.