Chookarloo Campground

Camping season now closed

Our annual camping and accommodation season is now closed – thanks to all who visited during 2020!

Bookings for season 2021 will open at 9am Monday 1 March. We look forward to you staying with us again, so please keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for further updates.

Forest day visits for recreational activities remain available, in line with current COVID-19 restrictions. Visit the SA Government’s COVID-19 website to stay up to date.

Campground gates will be open for picnicking from 8am – 4pm daily.

The forest is closed to the public on days of Total Fire Ban. Please check the CFS website before your visit, for current fire bans and ratings.

View our forest campgrounds

ForestrySA manages three designated campgrounds in the Mount Lofty Ranges – Kuitpo Forest’s Chookarloo and Mount Crawford’s Chalk’s and Rocky Paddock Campgrounds.

All sites are available to view and book online during the annual camping season.

Forest visitors wishing to use a campsite for day visits are required to book and pay for their site online prior to arrival.

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

Camping is permitted from 1 April to 30 November annually, outside of the fire danger season.

Fees apply for camping. Please obtain your camping permit online.

Wood fires are permitted from 1 May – 31 October annually. (These dates may change in seasons where high fire danger persists).



A very popular camp and and picnic site set in natural Eucalypt woodland.

GPS: 35.2029° S, 138.7142° E

Camping is permitted from 1 April – 30 November.

Wood fires permitted from 1 May – 31 October. (These dates may change in seasons where high fire danger persists).

About Chookarloo

Chookarloo Campsite has high conservation and biodiversity value. Camping and public use of the site is managed to ensure the continued, sustainable health of the forest and enjoyment to users. Please enjoy the site within the guidelines to promote a healthy future for our forest.

Facilities and features

  • 23 designated camping sites
  • Two timber shelters
  • Hybrid toilet system with disability access
  • Fire pits
  • Picnic tables
  • Rainwater (not suitable for drinking)
  • Access to Chookarloo and Heysen walking trails
  • Picnic area with shelter and tables (camping not permitted)

Bookings and fees

Fees apply for camping at Chookarloo. Please make your permit online.

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.

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.
  • Horse riding is prohibted in the campgrounds.
  • 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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