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Kuitpo Forest Reserve

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published June 7th 2012
Kuitpo Forest is located in the Greater Mount Lofty Parklands, with pine plantations and native forests this is a popular spot for many outdoor activities. Fitness fanatics will love roaming through all the walking trails, but those who are a little less inclined can relax in a scenic setting.

Kuitpo Information Centre

Start your trip at the information centre. Here you can grab maps of the area and check out the information boards. Pick the walking tracks you want to follow, or the places you want to picnic. If you want to visit the office it is only open from 9am to 11am, except on Christmas Day, so get in early if you want to ask about any particular information. Entry to the reserve is free, and you can choose to walk, drive, or do both.

Everyone will love the chance to spot some native animals in the park. If you follow the walking trails you'll be able to spot some other trails left by the kangaroos that live around the forest. While you may spot one or two kangaroos on your walk, it isn't uncommon to see large gatherings of them around. You might also get the chance to spot some deer or koalas amongst the trees.

Kangaroos Gathering at Kuitpo

Walking is a popular activity through the reserve. There are plenty of walking tracks, that are aimed at people of varied activity levels. If you're walking through the pine forests then take your dog along too. Dogs are allowed to run through the pine forests, but they're not allowed in the native growth forests and you'll have to keep them on a leash in picnic areas. With a permit, you can even collect firewood throughout the forest.

A Kuitpo Walking Trail

If you want to spend a bit longer at Kuitpo there are three facilities available for hire. The Rocky Creek Hut is a historical building that survived the 1983 Ash Wednesday Fires, a stone cottage with sleeping room for 8, a wood heater, sink, rainwater, and toilet. Jacks Paddock has places for tents and is suitable for larger groups, it has picnic tables, a fireplace, a toilet, and a wooden barn. The Woodcutters Cottage is a four roomed stone cottage that offers sleeping and living facilities, bedding is required and there is also space for tents.

People with a passion for the reserve might want to consider volunteering with the friends of the forest. Volunteers assist in a range of activities to help improve the park for visitors and from a conservation viewpoint. It's a great opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a part of this natural space.

Put Together a Delicious Picnic

Kuitpo is perfect for anyone wanting some outdoor activities, or a peaceful spot to relax. Suitable for families, friends, and children. Put a picnic together and spend the day at Kuitpo, or have lunch in one of the nearby towns. For more information visit the information centre at Kuitpo Forest, or visit the Forestry SA website. Email with any questions.
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Why? Walking trails through a magnificent forest
When: Sunrise to Sunset, 7 days a Week
Where: Kuitpo Forest, Meadows
Cost: Free, Permits Apply to Some Activities
can you camp here?
By Anonymous
Monday, 11th of July @ 09:51 am
Hi anon, yes there are camping grounds. Jacks Paddock has tent spaces, and there are other areas. It is best to call or email Forestry SA to check availability. Thanks!
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Monday, 11th of July @ 01:39 pm
My daughter just camped at Rocky Creek with her school and the kids loved it. It is quite beautiful and quiet out there.
By brent - reader
Thursday, 25th of October @ 11:46 pm
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