Recreation Mount Lofty Ranges

Camping and accommodation 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.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE: Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve

ForestrySA’s Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve is closed until further notice, as a result of damage sustained in recent bushfires.

Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve is located within the Mount Crawford Forest Reserve.

This section of forest contains the Mawson Network Trails, which is commonly known as Fox Creek and home to a significant network of cross-country and downhill mountain bike trails.

The popular mountain bike precinct was severely affected by fire and is now surrounded by burnt pine plantation and native forest. Due to the potential of falling trees and branches, the area is unsafe for public visitation.



Enjoy access to local native and commercial forests

Our Mount Lofty Ranges region includes forest at Kuitpo, Mount Crawford and Second Valley. These forests provide sustainable softwood production, provide habitat for native flora and fauna and are also home to water catchments.

Their close proximity to Adelaide, just an hour’s drive from the city, also makes them a popular place to play. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to camp and enjoy hut-style accommodation, bushwalk, horse ride, mountain bike and take part in a host of organised community events, motor sport rallies and wedding ceremonies.


Kuitpo Forest


Kuitpo Forest is situated in the South Mount Lofty Ranges, 45 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, near the township of Meadows. From Adelaide you can take the Main South Road, then turn off to Clarendon and Meadows, or take the South Eastern Freeway to Hahndorf, then turn off to Echunga and Meadows.

Kuitpo Head Office
Brookman Road

Telephone: (08) 8391 8800
From 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Forest information office:
Open to visitors 10am – 12pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
For inquiries outside these hours, please send us an email

Mount Crawford Forest

Mount Crawford Forest is situated in the northern Mount Lofty Ranges, one hour’s drive from Adelaide, about seven kilometres from Williamstown. From Adelaide you can take the North East Road to Gumeracha, then turn off to Williamstown.

Parts of the Mount Crawford Forest remain closed following the Sampson Flat fire in January 2015. Click here for more information.

Mount Crawford Forest Office
Warren Road

Forest information office:
Open to visitors 10am – 12pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
For inquiries outside these hours, please send us an email

Forest access permits

Permits are required for certain in-forest activities and events. This helps ForestrySA to look after its forest areas for the benefit of local communities and visitors, ensuring they remain popular for years to come.

Please obtain your forest access permit online.

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. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).

Camping is prohibited from 1 December to 31 March. The main access gate to the campgrounds will be closed at 4pm every day during this period.

For your safety, vehicle access is restricted to camping and picnicking areas. Limited public vehicle access is available in some forest areas. 

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