Forest recreation

Get a taste of the great outdoors

ForestrySA’s forest reserves are an important resource for sustainable timber production, provide habitat for native flora and fauna and are also home to water catchments.

But they are also a very popular place to play. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to enjoy hut-style accommodation, bushwalk, horse ride, mountain bike, hunt for Ghost Mushrooms, cave dive and take part in a host of organised community events and motor sport rallies.

Our Mount Lofty Ranges forests are particularly popular due to their close proximity to the city of Adelaide. With hundreds of thousands of visitors annually immersing themselves in our unique slice of bush tranquillity, just an hour’s drive from the city. Your favourite South Australian horse riding, biking and camping destination is right here in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Our Green Triangle native forest areas have long been popular for their biodiversity and abundance of natural features, such as wetlands, natural limestone caves and sinkholes.

As a South Australian Government forest manager, ForestrySA also facilitates public access to Crown Land under lease arrangement to pine forest grower OneFortyOne Plantations.

This arrangement allows thousands of people to continue to visit these local forests just as they have always done, to enjoy horse riding, bushwalking, cave diving, Ghost Mushroom hunting and much more.


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.

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.

Mount Lofty Ranges and Mid North

To obtain a forest access permit for activities in the Mount Lofty Ranges and Mid North, please use the self-issue and payment facilities located outside ForestrySA’s Mount Crawford, Kuitpo and Wirrabara forest offices.

Please note that electronic permits will not be accepted.

Green Triangle

Permits for activities in ForestrySA’s Green Triangle forest reserves can now be accessed online. Click here to complete your Green Triangle electronic permit application.

ForestrySA also issues permits for recreational activities in OneFortyOne Plantations lease areas across the Green Triangle. Click here to complete your Green Triangle electronic permit application.

A Green Triangle event application is required for larger group activities and in-forest events. Click here to find out more and complete your application.

For more information about permits and any fees payable in the Green Triangle, download the Permit Fee Schedule.


The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. In the event of a fire call 000.

No fires of any kind are permitted to be lit by members of the public on ForestrySA land, including all Forest Reserves, between November 1 and April 30 in any year.

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