Kuitpo and Mount Crawford

Fire Danger Season extended to 12 May 2019 – no fires allowed

Pursuant to the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005, the Country Fire Service has extended the 2019 Fire Danger Season in the Mount Lofty Ranges. The season will now come to a close at midnight on Sunday 12 May 2019. Campers preparing to stay at designated sites within the Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests Reserves are advised that fires are prohibited until after this date. Gas appliances are permitted during the extension period.

Your favourite place to play is right here in the Mount Lofty Ranges

Our Mount Lofty Ranges region includes forest at Kuitpo, Mount Crawford and Second Valley. These forests provide sustainable softwood production within a picturesque community playground, just an hour’s drive from the city of Adelaide.

Enjoy horse and bike riding trails, camping and hut accommodation across 12,000ha in the Mount Lofty Ranges – your favourite place to play!

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 Forest Office
Brookman Road

Office hours: 10am – 12pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For enquiries outside these hours, please phone or email

Telephone: (08) 8391 8800
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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

Office hours: 10am – 12pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For enquiries outside these hours, please phone or email

Telephone: (08) 8521 1700
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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.

To obtain a forest access permit for activities within the Mount Lofty Ranges Forest, please use the self-issue and payment facilities located outside ForestrySA’s Mount Crawford and Kuitpo forest offices or get in touch using the details above. Please note that electronic permits will not be accepted.


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. 

Organising an event?

Lodge a forest event application now.

A wide variety of community and private events are held in the Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forests each year.

All events require the organiser to complete and submit an event application, at least four weeks prior.

Applications are reviewed by our forest Ranger and approved on a case-by-case basis.

Download an event application

Dreaming of a forest getaway?

Our camp and hut accommodation venues are set within the picturesque Mount Lofty Ranges forest estate

Organise a forest getaway and enjoy the tranquility of the bush just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, in the heart of the Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forest Reserves.

All venues are available from May to October, outside of the annual fire danger season.

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Planning a wedding?

Hold your ceremony in our Mount Lofty Ranges forest estate

Located just an hour’s drive from the city of Adelaide, our Mount Lofty Ranges pine forests are the ideal spot for your wedding ceremony.

Select locations within ForestrySA’s Kuitpo and Mount Crawford Forest Reserves are now available to book outside of the annual Fire Danger Season.

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Fossicking in the Mount Crawford Forest

What gems will you unearth?

Fossickers have been attracted to this region since gold was discovered gold near Echunga in 1852.

Permits are available for fossicking in designated areas of ForestrySA’s Mount Crawford Forest.

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Get in touch with ForestrySA

Have a question or need some more information about ForestrySA?
Visit our contact page for more information.

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