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

Echunga Township Plan

In a view to better managing the long term strategic objectives for the Echunga township, the Mount Barker District Council has prepared a draft ‘Township Plan’ in consultation with a number of community groups in Echunga. Council is now consulting with the wider Echunga community about the issues relevant to Echunga and the detail contained within the draft plan.

Draft Echunga Township Plan Flyer
Draft Echunga Township Plan

Purpose of the Township Plan

The Echunga Township Plan will provide a vision for the future of Echunga across the next 10-20 years, identifying strategic actions and objectives to relaise 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 Echunga 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 at the 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: Echunga Township Plan Consultation, PO Box 54, Mount Barker 5251;
  3. Attend the Consultation Open Day and Community Breakfast
    On Saturday 3 August 2019 between 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Echunga Uniting Church Hall (Wandeen), 30 Adelaide Road Echunga. 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 Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner on (08) 8391 7219, or email
The consultation period runs from Monday 15 July to Thursday 15 August 2019

Council staff will also be engaging with community groups and government agencies throughout the consultation period. For more information contact Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner via email or telephone (08) 8391 7219