Mount Crawford and Kuitpo

Your favourite place to play is right here in the Mount Lofty Ranges

Our Mount Lofty Ranges region includes forest at Mount Crawford, Kuitpo and Second Valley. These forests provide sustainable softwood production within a picturesque community playground, just an hour’s drive from the city of Adelaide.

Enjoy horse and bike riding trails, camping and hut accommodation across 12,000ha in the Mount Lofty Ranges – your favourite place to play!

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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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.

The Kuitpo Forest Information Centre is currently undergoing renovations and will be closed until further notice. For recreational inquiries during this time, please call (08) 8391 8800.

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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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 Mount Crawford and Kuitpo forest 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.

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. 

Fossicking in the Mount Crawford Forest

What gems will you unearth?

Fossickers have been attracted to this region since gold was discovered gold near Echunga in 1852.

Permits are available for fossicking in designated areas of ForestrySA’s Mount Crawford Forest.

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Dreaming of a forest getaway?

Our range of hut and camp accommodation venues are set within our picturesque Mount Lofty Ranges forest estate

Book a forest getaway and enjoy the tranquility of the bush just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, in the heart of the Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forest Reserves.

All venues are available to book from May to October, outside of the annual fire danger season.

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Get in touch with ForestrySA

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