Ponderosa Campground

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Starkeys Campground

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Ponderosa Campground is located along the Kidman Trail in the Mount Crawford Forest and has been designed for people camping with horses. Set between native and plantation pine forest, the campground is suitable for groups of all sizes.


How to get there

From the Mount Crawford Information Centre, turn left onto Warren Road and follow for 2.5km. Turn left onto Cricks Mill Road (to Mount Pleasant) and follow for 3.5km. Turn left onto Starkey’s Road. The campground is located at the end of the road.
GPS: -34˚43΄53˝ 138˚59΄29˝

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Facilities and features

  • Large campground with small shelter, providing ample room for tent camping
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pit
  • Rainwater (not suitable for drinking)
  • Toilet
  • Four individual horse yards suitable for holding horses overnight


  • Overnight bookings are available between 1 April and 30 November. A minimum of two nights must be booked between Friday and Sunday
  • All organised groups must discuss their activities with the ForestrySA Ranger prior to booking


  • $75.00 per night (all inclusive)

Arrival and departure

  • 12pm arrival, 10am departure
  • Please contact the Mount Crawford Information Centre one day prior to arrival to obtain access:
    phone (08) 8521 1700 (10am - 12pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Terms and conditions of use 

  • Many organised competitions and events are held in the Mount Crawford and Kuitpo Forest Reserves. These require the submission of an event application, which are approved on a case by case basis. If your accommodation booking relates to an event please contact the Mount Crawford or Kuitpo Information Centres for more information. Please note that booking of a facility does not necessarily mean your event will be approved.  Events need to be booked a minimum of four weeks in advance. ( link to Event Application form )
  • You are not permitted to drive in the forest. Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only
  • The use of generators is not permitted. Please consider other forest users and keep noise levels down
  • Fires: Wood fires are permitted from 1 May to 31 October. Gas fires are permitted from 1 April to 30 November. Dead, fallen timber can be collected from adjoining pine plantations and used for firewood. It is an offence to cut standing timber. Someone must be present at all times and ensure that the fire is fully extinguished before departure
  • Cleaning: The toilet and grounds must be left in a clean and tidy state, with all rubbish removed
  • Dogs are permitted, provided they are kept under control at all times. Please be aware of fox baiting programs operating in the area
  • Other conditions may be imposed by the ForestrySA Ranger


  • All cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the check in date and will incur a $15 ($AUD) cancellation fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations made within 30 days of check in date.
  • Cancellations are to be reported to the ForestrySA Rangers, and upon approval (provided the cancellation is made at least 30 days prior to the check in date) you will be refunded the cost of the booking less the $15 ($AUD) cancellation fee.
  • ForestrySA reserves the right to cancel bookings without prior notice, and with no liability to ForestrySA. On the instances where ForestrySA cancels your booking, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the booking.