Rocky Paddock Campground

Identified as one of Australia’s best campgrounds, Rocky Paddock offers basic bush camping among old pine plantation and unique rocky outcrops.

GPS: 34.7192° S, 138.9400° E

All campsites operate on a first in, first served basis. To check availability, please contact the Mount Crawford Forest Information Centre.

Camping is prohibited from 1 December – 31 March annually.

About Rocky Paddock

Rocky Paddock was named among the RAA Magazine’s Top 10 Australian Campgrounds in 2014 – and for good reason!

Camping and public use of this campground is managed to ensure the continued, sustainable health of the forest and enjoyment to users. Please enjoy the site within guidelines to promote a healthy future for our forest.

Facilities and features

  • 30 designated camping sites
  • Pit toilet
  • Fire pits
  • Picnic tables
  • Rainwater (not suitable for drinking)
  • Beautiful natural rocky outcrops


All campsites operate on a first in, first served basis. To check availability, please contact the Mount Crawford Forest Information Centre.

Fees and permits

Fees apply for camping at Rocky Paddock Campground. Camping permits can be obtained from the Mount Crawford Forest Information Centre. This is a self-registration permit system, available 24hrs per day.

A Forest Ranger will check your permit while on patrol. Penalties apply to vehicles not displaying a valid permit.

How to get there

Rocky Paddock Campground is located in the Mount Crawford Forest, a short drive from the Mount Crawford Forest Information Centre on Warren Road.

GPS: 34.7192° S, 138.9400° E.

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 query 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. (Event Application Form)
  • Camping is prohibited from 1 December – 31 March annually.
  • You are not permitted to drive in the forest. Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only.
  • The use of generators and chainsaws is not permitted.
  • Please consider other forest users and keep all noise must be kept to a minimum by 10pm.
  • Wood fires are prohibited 1 November – 30 April annually.
  • Gas fires are prohibited 1 December – 31 March annually.
  • Wood fires are only permitted in designated fire pits within camping and picnic areas.
  • Fire pits should be cleared of all flammable material for a distance of 4 metres. Someone must always be present
    and ensure the fire is fully extinguished upon departure.
  • You may collect dead and fallen timber from the adjoining plantation. It is an offence to cut any standing timber.
  • Dogs are permitted, provided they are kept on a leash at all times. Please be aware of fox baiting programs operating in the area.
  • The campground, picnic areas, shelters and toilets must be left in a clean and tidy state, with all rubbish removed.
  • Other conditions may be imposed by the ForestrySA Ranger.

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.

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