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Iron Baron
South Australia
Iron Baron is located in South Australia
Iron Baron
Iron Baron
Location in South Australia
Established 26 April 2013
Postcode(s) 5601
Time zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
 • Summer (DST) ACST (UTC+10:30)
  • 413 km (257 mi) north-west of Adelaide
  • 40 km (25 mi) west of Whyalla
LGA(s) Pastoral Unincorporated Area
Region Far North
County York
State electorate(s) Giles
Federal Division(s) Grey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
23.8 °C
75 °F
11.5 °C
53 °F
266.8 mm
10.5 in
Suburbs around Iron Baron:
Myola Station Myola Station Myola Station
Myola Station Iron Baron Myola Station
Myola Station Myola Station Myola Station
Footnotes Locations
Adjoining localities

Iron Baron was a settlement associated with the Iron Baron iron ore mine (32°59′48″S 137°09′30″E / 32.99666667°S 137.15833333°E / -32.99666667; 137.15833333) on Eyre Peninsula at the southern edge of South Australia's Far North region, 413 kilometres (257 miles) north-west of Adelaide.

The settlement was situated about 200 metres from the eastern boundary of the mine. BHP owned and serviced the settlement, having built it about 1938. There were several dozen houses, a one-teacher primary school, a general store, oval, swimming pool, netball courts, picnic areas and licensed community club.

Before the mine’s re-opening in 2011, BHP bulldozed all the settlement's surface infrastructure, including buildings, into a pit at the mine. Employees now commute from Whyalla or elsewhere.


The Run Of Mine was reopened in 2011, and now has a fully functional ore beneficiation plant [OBP]. Construction of the OBP began in late 2010 and it was commissioned for first ore in the first quarter of 2012. The original township was demolished (bulldozed into the big Baron pit) so rather than live at the site, today's miners commute from nearby Whyalla.

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