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Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground

Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground (Hike or ride-in only)

(Gar-a-wirra-tie-ya-illa)

Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground is situated on shared Peramangk and Kaurna Country, in Old Kersbrook Forest.

The name, meaning “red gum camping place”, uses a mixture of Kaurna and Peramangk languages to recognise and respect the First Nations People who used this place for meeting, birthing, and hunting and gathering within the area’s red gum riparian flats.

Nestled within native bushland between Native Forest Reserves, this remote campground is accessible by hikers and cyclists using the Para Wirra Link via Cattleyard Track. The Para Wirra Link via Cattleyard Track commences at Para Wirra Conservation Park and traverses Old Kersbrook Forest before entering South Para Reservoir. Keen walkers can continue on the South Para to Mount Crawford Forest trail from South Para Reservoir to finish at Rocky Paddock Campground in Mount Crawford Forest (note this trail is for walkers only).

Camping is permitted from 1 April to 30 November annually.

This is a ‘No fires’ campground. Fuel stoves only.

No vehicle access is available.

Facilities and features

  • 15 unpowered sites with a maximum of 2 guests per campsite
  • Accommodates up to 30 guests in total
  • 1 shelter with 2 picnic tables and a rainwater tank*
  • 1 pit toilet with disability access and rainwater tank*

* Rainwater cannot be relied upon and is not suitable for drinking without treatment.

Arrival and departure

Overnight bookings: Arrive after 12pm, depart before 11am.

Bookings and fees

Fees apply for camping at Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground. Campsite fees are charged per person.

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Please note: Our online booking system may automatically allocate you a campsite, but you are free to choose your favourite campsite on arrival.

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

Old Kersbrook Forest is 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 between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).

View the campground map

Karrawirra-tya-illa Campground contains 15 allocated campsites – view the campground map.

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Terms and conditions

  • 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. Submit an Event Application here.
  • Camping is permitted from 1 April – 30 November only.
  • You are not permitted to drive in the forest. Vehicles must be parked in designated areas only.
  • The use of drones, 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.
  • Fuel stoves are permitted from 1 April – 30 November within campsites only.
  • Dogs and horses are prohibited.
  • 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 a ForestrySA Ranger.

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

Old Kersbrook Forest is located within the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District. For fire ban information phone 1800 362 361 or visit the CFS websiteBeing aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).

Explore South Para Reservoir Reserve

Keen to explore the area further?

South Para Reservoir Reserve is 10km from the camp.

Take the Para Wirra Link via the Cattleyard Track and explore the area further.

Visit South Para Reservoir