Mount Crawford Forest

About Mount Crawford Forest

Mount Crawford Forest extends from our Pewsey Vale block in the southern Barossa across to Kersbrook Forest near South Para Reservoir and extends all the way to Cudlee Creek. It is also home to South Australia’s premier biking destination, Fox Creek Bike Park.

The forest covers an area of 12,367 hectares and is managed for sustainable wood production, while also providing for the conservation of native flora and fauna and community use for recreation and events.

Land was first purchased for forestry at Mount Crawford in 1909, with commercial plantings beginning in 1914 and continuing to expand until the 1960s. Many of the original plantations have since been clear felled and replanted.

Mount Crawford Forest also contains 4,440 hectares of native vegetation protected for conservation. This includes eight gazetted Native Forest Reserves covering 3,600 hectares. These Native Forest Reserves and conservation zones are of high conservation value, containing a rich variety of trees, shrubs and ground cover species which provide significant habitat for native birds, reptiles and mammals.

Mount Crawford’s proximity to Adelaide, just an hour’s drive from the city, also makes it a popular place to visit. Every year, thousands of visitors come to camp and enjoy hut-style accommodation, bushwalk, horse ride, fossick, mountain bike and take part in a host of organised community events!

How to get there

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.

Contact us at Mount Crawford

Mount Crawford Forest Office
745 Warren Road
WILLIAMSTOWN 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)

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 1300 362 361 or visit the CFS website. Being aware of a Total Fire Ban is your responsibility.

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).


Fox Creek Bike Park

Fox Creek Bike Park is located within our Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve at Mount Crawford and open to riders of all abilities following the 2019 Cudlee Creek Bushfire.

Exciting things are happening – follow the link below for current trail status information, all the latest news and to join us and our volunteers as we continue to build back better than ever!

Visit Fox Creek Bike Park