Eudunda is high in the ranges beyond the Barossa Valley, about 1½ hours drive from Adelaide.
The Eudunda area was originally named Eudundacowi or Jadundakawi by the Nadjuri Aboriginal people who lived by the springs which inspired the name. Eudundacowi literally translated means 'water out of the ground'. It was the constant provision of fresh water from these springs that led Sir Sidney Kidman to rest his horses and cattle here, en route from Queensland and New South Wales.
Henry Watson, an ambitious man saw the value of this site for the establishment of a wine store to serve thirsty drovers. He began to clear the site for his venture in 1870, and this site eventually became what is now known as simply Eudunda. His 'grog' shop was established in 1870 where the Eudunda Hotel now stands. Another enterprising fellow, Irishman John Hannon, subdivided the land where the grog shop stood and built the pub.
The district of Eudunda began to thrive with the railway being declared opened in 1878. By 1886, Eudunda had all the trappings of a burgeoning farming town, and boasted a population of 197 citizens, with many businesses setting up trade. The coming decades saw Eudunda establish itself as a centre for local agriculture and stock trading. The early years of prosperity have left their legacy in a well preserved town. One of the early and very successful institutions, the Eudunda Farmers' Co-op, continues still through the local grocery shop.
The area attracted in particular hardworking Silesian settlers, who had also founded Hahndorf, Lobethal and the Barossa Valley. Among their number was the grandfather of undoubtedly Eudunda's most famous son, world renowned author Colin Thiele, whose 80th birthday was celebrated in November 2000. The cottage where he grew up can still be seen near Eudunda today.
Now almost one hundred and thirty years later, Eudunda is still going strong, with ever diversifying industry and trade. Eudunda offers the visitor a taste of a simple rural life that can rarely be found in our increasingly busy and hectic lives. It is quiet, friendly and hospitable, the way country life is supposed to be.
Visit the Eudunda Website for further information on the town and its services.