Kuitpo Forest

About Kuitpo Forest

Kuitpo Forest is located on Kaurna and Peramangk Country, near Meadows in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

Established in 1898, it was the first of a number of forest plantations in the area established to ensure a sustainable timber resource for South Australia.

Today, the Kuitpo Forest Reserve covers an area of 3,600 hectares, of which 60% (2,100ha) is plantation, and is home to our Head Office and Visitor Information Centre.

Located within ForestrySA’s broader Mount Lofty Ranges forest estate, Kuitpo Forest Reserve is modelled as a community forest. It is managed for sustainable commercial forestry, while providing for the conservation of native flora and fauna and community use for recreation.

Kuitpo’s proximity to Adelaide – just an hour’s drive from the city – also makes it a popular place to visit.

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 each year.

How to get there

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.

Contact us at Kuitpo

Kuitpo Head Office
495 Brookman Road
MEADOWS, South Australia

Telephone: (08) 8391 8800
From 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday

Information centre: Open from 10am – 12pm, Friday to Sunday (subject to ranger availability)

Office: Attended from 9am – 4pm, 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



The forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days. To report a fire, call 000.

For fire ban information phone 1800 362 361 or visit the CFS websiteBeing aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

Fire is prohibited on ForestrySA land between November 1 and April 30 in any year. (These dates may be extended in areas where high fire danger persists).

The perfect spot for a picnic

Planning a picnic? Kuitpo Forest is the place to be.

You can picnic almost anywhere within our forest reserves, but if you want a campfire, you’ll need to head to Chookarloo or The Avenues, located at Kuitpo.

These picnic grounds offer designated fire pits for those wanting the warmth and ambience only a campfire can bring!

Visit our picnic grounds