I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published June 5th 2018
I was introduced to Kuitpo Forest by friends on a photography site I joined. What a wonderful place we have so close to the city.
I put directions into my GPS and followed the most beautiful country drive down there. My journey started on the M1Freeway heading towards the Hahndorf turn off. Then drove on B34 to Echunga and down to Meadows. Then I arrived on Brookman Road. It was about 1 hours journey for me from the Modbury.
I didn't really know what trail to park on or where to walk. Pot luck would guide me. I saw a few cars park without the owners around. I was selective where I parked being on my own. My visit was to photograph the forest and find some mushrooms.
I will have to make many return visits to see more things I missed. I would like to see the big tree they have there. Many people get married under it. Also, Prospect Hill is in that area and I need to spend time just there. It such a small area there is really so much. I walked into one section of the forest and saw some fantastic trees but no mushrooms.
I got back into my car and drove up this dirt track not really knowing where to go. I came across some more cars parked and the owners were off into the woods and could not be seen. So I decided to try my luck again. I used the lowered step they have so you can easily get into the forest section. I stayed within sight of my car. About 100 metres up the track, I found my first mushroom.
I stayed in the 5 metre area and I could still see my car and find my way out. These red mushrooms are cute but poisonous, they are the amanita muscaria mushroom. I never go mushroom picking so I just take photos and leave them be.
Mushroom season in South Australia is in March to June and continues into winter. Don't eat a mushroom if you don't know what it is. Just buy them from the markets in the hills from the people who know what they are doing.
When I was looking up to see what my mushrooms were called I found a Facebook page - Mushroom Foragers of South Australia, you can request and join up with them.
My trip to Kuitpo Forest was very enjoyable and I cannot wait to get down there again in mushroom season. What a lovely way for sustainable timber to be done. It has been there since 1898, so it's not just for mushroom and tree photos - they have orienteering and horse riding trails. The area has research on nature study and bird watching, not to mention bushwalking. If I lived closer I would be there more often.
There is a brochure you can get. I actually found one where my car was parked and used that. It has a wealth of information, maps and photos. Or just look it up on your computer before you go. Enjoy, I did.