Callington was laid out as a town in 1849. John Kiernan driving a dray over an outcrop, noticed copper where the stone was crushed by the dray wheel. By 1857 the Bremer mine has been sold to the Worthing Mining Company based in England. Water in the mines led to the installation of a Cornish steam pumping engine in 1861 which pumped 468,000 gallons a day out of the mines. The main shaft of the Bremer mine reached 600 feet with side tunnels every 60 feet. Some remains of the mining era include the Explosives Hut, Settling Tanks, Engine House and Chimney Stack. There are some fascinating structures in Callington including the hotel, churches, old police station and the Erskine Bridge.

places of interest

See the remains of the mining era including the Explosives Hut, Settling Tanks, Engine House & Chimney Stack and also fascinating structures including the hotel, old police station and the Erskine Bridge.

recreation areas

Callington Memorial Oval and Tennis Courts
Callington Road, Callington
2 ovals, tennis courts

Callington Township Plan

To better manage the long term strategic objectives for the Callington township, the Mount Barker District Council has prepared a draft ‘Township Plan’ in consultation with a number of community groups in Callington and the Rural City of Murray Bridge and is now consulting with the wider Callington community about the issues relevant to Callington and the detail contained within the draft plan.

Draft Callington Township Plan Flyer
Draft Callington Township Plan

Purpose of the Township Plan

The Callington Township Plan will provide a vision for the future of Callington across the next 10-20 years, identifying strategic actions and objectives to realize this vision. The plan will also prioritise the delivery of projects and services in the town, ensuring that future investment occurs in both a coordinated and efficient manner.

Council is now seeking input from the Callington community about the key priorities for the town. This feedback will inform the strategies, actions and priorities that will be contained within the plan.

Get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  1. View the plan using the above link and complete the survey
    You can complete the survey online here:
  2. Prepare your own submission
    Send your submission to or post to: Callington Township Plan Consultation, PO Box 54, Mount Barker 5251;
  3. Attend the Consultation Open Day and Sausage Sizzle
    On Saturday, 18 January 2020 between 10:00am and 1:00pm at the Callington Memorial Hall, 9 Callington Road, Callington. This will be an informal ‘drop in’ session where you can review the details of the draft plan and speak directly with Council staff about your ideas. For further information about this sessions please phone Nathan Franklin, Strategic Planner on (08) 8391 7208, or email

The consultation period runs from 8 January 2020 to 7 February 2020

Council staff will also be engaging with community groups and government agencies throughout the consultation period.

For more information contact Nathan Franklin, Strategic Planner via email on or via phone on (08) 8391 7208.