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

Council has commenced work on the creation of a Township Plan for Echunga. The plan will be 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 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

Community consultation on the development of the township plan will initially occur through engagement with key community groups and stakeholders during March 2019 and will occur more broadly through a formal consultation period in June 2019.

The envisaged program for the Township Plan is as follows:

Phase 1 – Investigations and Stakeholder Engagement

February – June 2019

  • Investigate existing issues/opportunities facing the township
  • Initial consultation with stakeholder (community groups, Council/Government Departments)
  • Prepare a draft document 
Phase 2 – Consultation

June – July 2019

  • Consultation with whole of community and stakeholders on a draft township plan
  • Report on consultation feedback to Council Members
Phase 3 – Review

July 2019

  • Review community feedback
  • Incorporate community feedback into draft township plan 
Phase 4 - Finalise

August – September 2019  

  • Produce final document for Council Member approval

For further information contact Kristian Wohlstadt, Senior Strategic Planner on 8391 7219

6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200