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Recreation Mount Lofty Ranges

Camping and accommodation season 2021

Camping and accommodation season opens 1 April 2021, with online bookings available from 9am, Monday 1 March 2021.

ForestrySA offers bush camping and stays at Kuitpo and Mount Crawford in designated campgrounds and accommodation venues only.

Please note – a maximum of 10 people per campsite. Not all campsites are suitable for caravans or camper trailers and may be limited to less than three vehicles. Please consider this when selecting your campsite.

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.

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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
MEADOWS  SA  5201

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

Information centre: Open from 10am – 12.00pm, Friday to Sunday

Office: Attended from 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
*Rangers may be out in the forest but are contactable on 8391 8800

For inquiries outside these hours, please send us an email

KUITPO FOREST BROCHURE

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
WILLIAMSTOWN  SA   5351

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

Information centre: Open from 10am – 12.00pm, Friday to Sunday

Office: Attended from 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
*Rangers may be out in the forest but are contactable on 8391 8800

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 (EAST) BROCHURE

 

Permits, fees, events and commercial users

Some activities require a permit or license and may also incur a fee.

To obtain your permit for activities in this area, please click on the activity tabs listed under the Recreation Mount Lofty Ranges menu on the homepage. More information for minor activities can be found below. 

Click here to view our recreational fee structure.

An event application must be lodged for larger group activities such as community events, motor rallies, military exercises, orienteering, rogaining and some caving activities. 

Businesses wishing to use the forest for commercial activities can apply for a license by lodging the event application form. Further information is available here.

Click here to lodge an event application.

Permits for other activities

For activities not covered by our permitting system, please apply by clearly providing the following details below via email to our team.

Date of activity:
Activity:
Location:
Full name (First, last) :
Other persons names (or number of other people):
Mobile number:
Residential address:
Further relevant detail (to help with processing):  

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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