Chalks Campground

Accommodation Option on the Heysen Trail

Shelter (medium),
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Mapsheet 2D, Tower Hill to Tanunda
Southern Guidebook, chapter 3, map 9
Mt Crawford Forest
Grid ref: 127 536
Longitude: 138.959698
Latitude: -34.738027
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Mount Crawford Forest Information Centre
Open 10am-12pm on Fri, Sat, Sun (subject to ranger availability)
Phone: (+61 8) 8391 8800 between 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday

Fees apply for camping at Chalks.
Please make your booking online using this link:
Refer to the for information about fees.
Payment is required at the time of booking.
camp site, shelter, town water, fireplaces, picnic tables, toilet
Please note that in addition to fire bans applicable to the Mount Lofty Ranges Region, special fire restrictions apply to ForestrySA accommodation and campsites. Provided that a Total Fire Ban has not been imposed by the Country Fire Service (CFS): Wood fires are permitted within the forest from 1 May to 31 October each year. Gas fires are permitted from 1 April to 30 November. Fireplaces should be cleared of all flammable material for a distance of 4 metres. Someone must be always present and ensure that the fire is fully extinguished before leaving. Forests are very sensitive to fire, so please ensure all restrictions are followed. Occasionally access to Forest Reserves may be restricted. Refer to for forest closure information.

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5 thoughts on “Chalks Campground

  1. Hi
    Was just wondering if there was an area for day activities area which we could use without the need of using the campsite also and if so is there any cost. Am looking at having a group of friends getting together and having a campfire and doing some camp cooking during the day for up to 30 people and if so is there a cost or do we have to book it
    Awaiting your reply

    • David, Chalks is under the management of Forestry SA. The Friends have no role in approving activities there. You need to contact Forestry SA headquarters at Mt Crawford and talk to them Telephone: (08) 8391 8800 From 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday

  2. E2E S2N there 16.5.21
    A very popular large campsite for day activities and camping. We were there on a weekend and it was very busy.
    Large tank on main shelter with lots of water. Also new toilet block with lights, inc at night, pump toilet flushing, more water here.
    If you want a quiet time I would recommend Rocky Paddock especially on weekends if getting there early.

  3. I’m planning a 30km hike with scouts for the near future. Just need to clarify, is the water drinkable at this campsite or does it need to be treated first?
    Also, am i able to use a trangia stove in the campsite? I know that there are some restrictions regarding fires so it’s probably best that i follow them.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Elise, water in all the tanks along the trail is drinkable. As with all such water tanks, we recommend as best practice that the water be treated by yourself prior to consumption.

      There are no restrictions on the use of trangia stoves during the non-fire danger season. During the fire danger season, from December to April, trangia stoves aren’t permitted on fire ban days – however much of the Heysen Trail is closed during this time anyway.

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