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Echunga, today a quiet attractive little township in the midst of fertile acres with cattle and horses grazing, has a history that is anything but quiet. In January 1839 John Barton Hack, a prosperous English Quaker took up a large area of land known as the Echunga Survey. He established an English style estate - Echunga gardens - with dairy herds, fields of wheat, orchards and 12 acres of grapes from which to make his own wine. While Echunga was becoming an organised village community, gold was discovered in Victoria and so the Government of the day offered a reward of 1,000 pounds for the discovery of payable gold in South Australia. Echunga Goldfields have become South Australia’s most productive goldfields. Today, (just outside of Echunga), both the Old Echunga Diggings and the Jupiter Creek Diggings are Heritage Sites and Historic Reserves where fossicking is still allowed.

places of interest

Formerly a staging post and still contains water troughs, hitching posts and coaching depot from that era.

Jupiter Creek Goldfields Historic mining reserve, with 80 metre tunnel and old shafts open to the public for fossicking.

recreation areas

Echunga Recreation Grounds, Community Oval & Tennis Courts

Echunga Road, Echunga

  • 2 Ovals
  • tennis/netball courts

Council has endorsed a Township Plan for Echunga at its meeting on 2 December 2019 (minutes / agenda). The plan was developed in association with the community to provide a long term vision for the town, identifying key objectives and priorities across a number of themes to ensure that the town continues to develop as a highly liveable place. This project is part of a Council initiative which will see Townships Plans developed for all major settlements throughout the District by 2020.

Echunga Township Plan

For further information, please contact Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner via email on or phone on (08) 8391 7219.