Jupiter Creek – Gold Diggings – Jen Williams

Jupiter Creek 2aJupiter Creek 1I have selected Jupiter Creek Diggings.  This was a gold mining area from around 1869 to 1930.  It is now part of the Kuitpo forest reserve.  You get there from Echunga.  Follow the large signs on the Echunga to Mylor Road.  Leave your car in the car park and take the hiking trail.  It’s a 3 km walking track that takes you to all the mine shafts in the area.  There is one you can go into that runs 60 meters underground.  You come out by climbing a vertical steel ladder.  You should take a torch and I recommend a hard hat. The trail leads through stringy bark forest and there are birds, lizards, butterflies and lots of trees.  We went back there today to scout around.  Unfortunately there are no toilets and you need to take water and food if you want to drink and eat.

Jupiter Creek 3a

My other recommendations are Anstey Hill which is North East of Adelaide and has a walking track, ruins, wildlife and flora.

I also like Bridgewater in the Adelaide Hills which has the Mill water wheel.  You can do some interesting photos of the wheel as it is moving.   From here the Heyson Trail will follow Cox’s creek and  take you to Mt George Conservation Park.

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