Forestry’s Australian birthplace
South Australia’s Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forest Reserves are located in the state’s Mid North.
This forest district is widely regarded as the birthplace of Australia’s forest industry and as a result, it has long been popular among those keen to explore the rich cultural heritage of the area.
Sites such as the rehabilitated Old Wirrabara Nursery, Conservator’s Hut and other heritage buildings offer a unique look into South Australia’s plantation forestry history, while the Ippinitchie Campground provides the perfect base for campers wanting to explore the local area, wildlife and scenery along the local mountain bike and walking trails.
Mid North Forests – Future Strategy
The Bundaleer and Wirrabara forests were reopened after bushfires in 2013 and 2014 destroyed more than 2,000 hectares of state-owned plantation. The land is now managed by a range of private enterprises, while other areas have been retained for community use.
In the Wirrabara Forest, significant conservation, heritage and recreational assets are now managed by the Department of Environment and Water including the Ippinitchie Campground and Wirrabara Forest Picnic Ground.
In the Bundaleer Forest, ForestrySA continues to manage the Bundaleer Picnic Ground and an area of community land which retains 22 hectares of land for public use. This area is managed in partnership with the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association.
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).