Houghton, South Australia

Coordinates: 34°49′47″S 138°45′36″E / 34.829798°S 138.760078°E / -34.829798; 138.760078
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AdelaideSouth Australia
Lower North East Road
Houghton is located in South Australia
Coordinates34°49′47″S 138°45′36″E / 34.829798°S 138.760078°E / -34.829798; 138.760078[1]
Population511 (SAL 2021)[2]
Location22 km (14 mi) Adelaide of
State electorate(s)Kavel
Federal division(s)Mayo
Suburbs around Houghton:
Fairview Park
Tea Tree Gully Houghton Inglewood
Vista Paracombe

Houghton is a small town near Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the Adelaide Hills, in the City of Tea Tree Gully[1] and the Adelaide Hills Council[1] local government areas between Tea Tree Gully and Inglewood on the North East Road.


Houghton was named after the town of Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England.[3]

The 162-hectare Highercombe estate was settled by George Anstey in 1841, who named it after his original family home near Dulverton, Somerset. The present-day Highercombe golf course south of the townsite was part of this estate. In 1857, the house, now with sixteen rooms, and estate was purchased by George Waterhouse, who became Premier of South Australia in 1861. In 1929, it was burnt in a fire, but was rebuilt on a smaller scale.[4]

The townsite itself was also settled in 1841, by land agent and auctioneer John Richardson. During the 1840s, it was the hub of the district and gained a simple stone Union Chapel serving several denominations, the Travellers' Rest Hotel, blacksmith, school, dwellings and other trappings of civilisation, together with a reserve which is now Houghton Common.[5]


Houghton is located between Tea Tree Gully and Inglewood at the intersection of North East Road and Lower North East Road. The ABS 2001 census found 438 people living in 151 dwellings.


The area has a few small shops, the Highercombe Golf Course, and a primary school (which has now closed due to lack of numbers[6]) and oval. It backs onto the Anstey Hill Recreation Park which is accessible from nearby Vista.


The main road

The area is not serviced by Adelaide public transport. A coach is operated from Tea Tree Plaza Interchange to Gumeracha and Mount Pleasant by Affordable Coachlines.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search results for 'Houghton, LOCB' with the following datasets selected - 'Suburbs and localities', 'Counties', 'Local Government Areas', 'SA Government Regions' and 'Gazetteer'". Location SA Map Viewer. South Australian Government. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Houghton (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Placenames SA - Houghton Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 16 June 2006
  4. ^ Local History - Highercombe, City of Tea Tree Gully Library Archived 20 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 15 June 2006.
  5. ^ Adelaide Hills Council - Historical Town Information Archived 25 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Jones, Erin (22 May 2013). "Houghton Primary parents rally around school where enrolments have halved". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  7. ^ Timetable. Retrieved 15 June 2006