Picnicking in the forest
Thinking of heading to the forest for a picnic? You can picnic almost anywhere within our Mount Lofty Ranges plantation forests.
If you want to enjoy a fire, you must use one of our designated firepits located within our Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests as below:
- Kuitpo Forest: Chookarloo, The Avenues, Rocky Creek Hut or Ironbarks picnic areas
- Mount Crawford Forest: Sailor’s Gully picnic area
Bookings and fees
Picnic sites are available for use from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week. All picnic areas are closed at night and on days of Total Fire Ban.
The use of all picnic areas is free of charge and available on a first-in, first-served basis. They cannot be pre-booked.
During camping season (1 April to 30 November) campsites must be booked online to be used for picnics. Booking a campsite online reserves the site for you between 12pm on day of check-in until 11am the following day. How long you choose to stay between those times is up to you.
Outside of the camping season (1 December to 31 March), campsites do not need to be booked and can be used for free as picnic sites between 8am and 4pm. Note: During this time entrance gates are closed at 4pm daily for Rocky Paddock, Chookarloo Campground and the Avenues Picnic Area.
Find out more about our Kuitpo and Mount Crawford picnic areas below.
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 1800 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).