Forest recreation in the Mount Lofty Ranges

Enjoy the great outdoors

Our Mount Lofty Ranges region includes forest at Kuitpo, Mount Crawford and Second Valley. These forests provide sustainable softwood production, provide habitat for native flora and fauna and are also home to water catchments.

Their close proximity to Adelaide, just an hour’s drive from the city, also makes them a popular place to play. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to camp and enjoy hut-style accommodation, bushwalk, horse ride, mountain bike and take part in a host of organised community events, motor sport rallies and wedding ceremonies.


Kuitpo Forest


Kuitpo Forest is situated in the South Mount Lofty Ranges, 45 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, near the township of Meadows. From Adelaide you can take the Main South Road, then turn off to Clarendon and Meadows, or take the South Eastern Freeway to Hahndorf, then turn off to Echunga and Meadows.

Kuitpo Forest Office
Brookman Road

Office hours: 10am – 12pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For enquiries outside these hours, please phone or email

Telephone: (08) 8391 8800
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Mount Crawford Forest

Mount Crawford Forest is situated in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, one hour’s drive from Adelaide, about seven kilometres from Williamstown. From Adelaide you can take the North East Road to Gumeracha, then turn off to Williamstown.

Parts of the Mount Crawford Forest remain closed following the Sampson Flat fire in January 2015. Click here for more information.

Mount Crawford Forest Office
Warren Road

Office hours: 10am – 12pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For enquiries outside these hours, please phone or email

Telephone: (08) 8521 1700
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Forest access permits

Permits are required for certain in-forest activities and events. This helps ForestrySA to look after its forest areas for the benefit of local communities and visitors, ensuring they remain popular for years to come.

To obtain a forest access permit for activities within the Mount Lofty Ranges Forest, please use the self-issue and payment facilities located outside ForestrySA’s Kuitpo and Mount Crawford information offices or get in touch using the details above. Please note that electronic permits will not be accepted.

The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land and Forest Reserves between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).

Camping is prohibited from 1 December to 31 March. The main access gate to the campgrounds will be closed at 4pm every day during this period.

For your safety, vehicle access is restricted to camping and picnicking areas. Limited public vehicle access is available in some forest areas. 

Organising an event?

Lodge a forest event application now.

A wide variety of community and private events are held in the Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests each year.

All events require the organiser to complete and submit an event application, at least four weeks prior.

Applications are reviewed by our forest Ranger and approved on a case-by-case basis.

Download an event application

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