Picnicking

Picnicking in the forest

Thinking of heading to the forest for a picnic?

You can picnic almost anywhere within our forest reserves. However, if you wish to have a campfire please use a designated fire pit at one of our picnic areas listed below.

Frequently asked questions

Can I book a picnic site?
Currently picnic sites are only available on a first-in, first-served basis. In order to secure a site, we recommend booking a campsite which means that site is yours for 23 hours from 12pm on day of check in, until 11am the following day. However long you choose to stay between those times is up to you. By doing this, it permits you to be in the forest after dark which otherwise is an offence under the Forestry Act 1950. Follow this link to book a campsite.

Can I have a fire?
Wood fires are permitted from 1 May to 31 October. Gas fires are permitted from 1 April to 30 November. Campfires are permitted only in the designated fire pits within the campsites and picnic grounds. A responsible person must remain in attendance and ensure the fire is fully extinguished before departure. Please note: Bookings are required for the use of fire pits in campsites.

Can I collect firewood?
It is recommended you bring your own firewood. Visitors may collect wood for campfires from the plantation forest floor only, near their campsites and picnic areas. It is an offence to cut standing timber.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome in our forests however restrictions apply in certain areas. Dogs-on-lead zones apply in busy areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas, and trails. Click here for more information.

Can I have a party?
In the interest of quiet enjoyment and with respect for all forest users, ForestrySA has a zero tolerance party policy which applies when visiting our campgrounds. All guests must be respectful of others at all times and remain quiet between 10pm and 7am.

 

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

The Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests are located within the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. For fire ban information phone 1300 362 361 or visit the CFS website. Being aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

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).

Chookarloo Picnic Ground

Enjoy a day out in eucalypt woodland, near Kuitpo's popular Chookarloo Campground

Facilities and features

  • 8 designated picnic sites with firepits
  • Hybrid toilet system with disability access
  • Picnic tables
  • Rainwater (not suitable for drinking)
  • Access to Chookarloo and Heysen walking trails
  • Picnic area with shelter and tables

Bookings and Fees
Use of fire pits within picnic areas remains free of charge and available on a first-in, first-served basis.

Arrival and departure
Picnic sites are available for use from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week.
All forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban.

How to get there
Chooklarloo is located in the Kuitpo Forest, a short drive north from the Kuitpo Forest Information Centre at 495 Brookman Road. GPS: 35.2029° S, 138.7142° E.

The Avenues Picnic Ground

Relax at this quiet spot, nestled among 1920s-planted pine and eucalypt plantation at Kuitpo

Facilities and Features

  • Pit toilet
  • Picnic sites with designated fire pits
  • Access to walking trails from the car park.

Bookings and fees
Use of fire pits within picnic areas remains free of charge and available on a first-in, first-served basis.

Arrival and departure
Picnic sites are available for use from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week.
All forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban.

How to get there
The Avenues Picnic Area is located on Black Nursery Road, 1km North from the Kuitpo Forest Information Centre at 495 Brookman Road.