Jupiter Creek Diggings, Echunga Goldfield

Where is it?: Jupiter Creek Diggings are off Rubbish Dump Road, c. 4.5 km W of Echunga.

Owner: Forestry S.A.

Property summary: Total area 17 hectares. Hundred of Kuitpo – Section 331

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

History: Jupiter Creek Diggings produced ~930 kg of gold, mainly between 1868 and 1871. Gold was last mined in the 1930’s. The diggings are a part of the Kuitpo Forest Reserve. They are also on the State Heritage Register.

Habitat: The vegetation is very much disturbed as a result of mining activities. It is mostly Open Low Woodland with South Australian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon), Messmate Stringybark (E. obliqua) and Manna Gum (E. viminalis ssp. viminalis). The understory is much reduced but includes Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha), Varnish Wattle (A. verniciflua) and Holly Flat-pea (Platylobium obstusangulum)

More information: Gold at Jupiter Creek Forestry SA

Total Species Recorded to Date: 56 (non-passerines 17, passerines 39)

Common Species: Adelaide Rosella, White-throated Treecreeper, Superb Fairywren, Crescent Honeyeater, Australian Magpie, Black-winged Currawong

Less Common Species: Striated Thornbill, White-browed Babbler, White-winged Chough, Red-browed Finch

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