Want something free to do with the kids that will get them away from the city? Try Kuitpo Forest, near Meadows in the Adelaide Hills.
There are some very nice, picturesque picnic areas and lots of great walks through a natural landscape. There are also some interesting juxtaposition scenes of man-planted pine forests on one side of a track, and haphazard native vegetation on the other. In addition to this, there are horse-riding and bike riding tracks through the area.
Even though there are very few native animals to be seen (which may have something to do with the huge number of dogs off leashes allowed to run free), the scenery and the wilderness lends a quiet serenity to the surroundings.
There is plenty of car-parking, regular public amenities, and benches and tables available for public use. Unfortunately, it does appear that a number of forest users feel that dropping their rubbish anywhere is acceptable behaviour, and a number of trees have been festooned with personalised messaging. However, once you get into the midst of the forests, all this can be forgotten.
The dogs don't affect the wildlife...most of the year they and the horse riders are the only ones there...open your eyes..there is wonderful wildlife...stunning deer, lots of kangaroos...birds...lizards...stunning and big enough for everyone to use :)
Yes I agree with you. I live just opposite the Kuitpo Forestry Office ... so i see alot of traffic (in terms of horses and dogs). My partner and I have a saying. "There is NO SUCH THING as one kangaroo". To many "city-folk" come here with their "eyes wide shut", dump their rubbish and complain about a lack of wildlife - but I am not sure where they are (or aren't) looking. There is plenty of wildlife here - the birds, possums, kangaroos, antechinus, koalas, wild deer ... it is a truely truely beautiful area. Come and enjoy it ... open your eyes and you will find some of the most magnificent places in South Australia... don't blame local dogs for a lack of wildlife ... just look