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Kuitpo Forest

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by Jane McKinnon (subscribe)
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.

kuitpo forest
Beautiful Forest for all

I did feel like a small boat in a huge ocean there. There is so much to see and do. I saw a group of cyclists setting off. Met a lady and her horse. She was told me of the trails and things to see.

Forest in the woods
In the deepest darkest forest

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.

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The peace and quite of the woods

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.

So excited my first mushroom photo

I walked further along, looking on both sides of the track and out the corner of my eye, I saw what I came to photograph - the red mushroom.

red mushrooms
So happy to find this.

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.

types mushrooms
Wild Mushroom

I continued taking photos and the 5 or 6 around me, knowing it would be a place to come back to one day.

red mushrooms
Red mushroom

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.

red mushrooms
Red mushroom

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.

tree stump moss
The old and the new

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.
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Why? Free day out walking in nature
When: Anytime
Phone: 08 8391 8800
Where: Kuitpo Forest Brookman Road Meadows
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I was at Kuitpo the other day! It's a great spot!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3431) 548 days ago
I am loving the mushroom photos - I like detail.
Plus Kuitpo is also one of my favourite forest spots.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1273) 548 days ago
The tree is in burbrook forest (not kuipto) and on private property, so you may have some trouble without contacting the owners.
by Sarah (score: 0|3) 541 days ago
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