Kuitpo Forest – Chookarloo Campground
Never tried camping before? We think Chookarloo Campground in Kuitpo Forest is the perfect place for you to start your camping experience. It’s close, it’s cheap, it’s suitable for all ages and it’s well facilitated for those who haven’t done much camping before. With only a set number of camp sites available, this place can never be too busy with other campers and the rangers do a great job of keeping it clean and safe.
Why Chookarloo Campground?
Location: Chookarloo campground is located in the Kuitpo Forest just 40km south-east of Adelaide near a town called Meadows. Perfect for a night or three without the stress of travelling too far or beating the long weekend traffic.
Cost: Just $5 a night per vehicle/family will cover the cost of staying here. You will need to obtain a permit from the Kuitpo Forest Information Centre on the main road. There are plenty of signs, you won’t get lost.
Facilities: There are 23 camp sites and no bookings allowed – it is ‘first in, first served‘. Chookarloo campground is extremely popular on the long weekends so be sure to get there early or try going on a quiet weekend to experience the peaceful atmosphere and local wildlife.
Wood fires ARE permitted during the year from 1st May to 31st October. Collecting firewood at Kuitpo Forest is allowed, but there aren’t many big logs around, so it would be best to bring a few with you.
There are a number of portable loos, one pit toilet, an untreated rain water tank (definitely bring your own drinking water), picnic tables and walking trails.
Campsites: Due to the large amount of pine trees and gum trees, the campsites themselves are very shaded and private (some more than others). Some of the campsites have green grass while others have lots of dirt. At each campsite there is a metal fire pit, a small car parking area and a picnic table.
There are campsites suited to large groups and some smaller campsites just for a tent or two. There are definitely plenty of options for caravans too, as all the sites are flat and easily accessible. All the sites are unpowered and dogs are allowed in Kuitpo Forest.
Tips and Advice
- As I’ve mentioned before you will need to get there extremely early to secure a spot in busy periods, such as long weekends or school holidays, or have a back up plan if it is full. We missed out the first time we tried to camp here and are very glad we got to experience this wonderful campground the second time.
- The walking trails through the forest are superb for the nature lovers. The paths are well marked and take you through parts of the forest as well as around the Chookarloo campground. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen, including Kangaroos, snakes, Galahs, Cockatoos, Rainbow Lorakeets and Koalas.
- For the kids, be sure to bring along their bikes, they will love riding around the campground and exploring the trails.
- And don’t forget the marshmallows for those nights sitting around the campfire.
Why not grab a few friends and spend the weekend here at Chookarloo Campground! Thanks for reading, and please share this with those who might be interested.