Cudlee Creek North ‘walk-in’ site (Grandpa’s) – site closed following Dec 2019 Fires

Accommodation Option on the Heysen Trail

Walker's platform installed August 2019.
Walker's platform installed August 2019.
Shelter (small),
Water Tank
Mapsheet 2C, Stone Hut Road to Tower Hill
Southern Guidebook, chapter 3, map 6
Mount Crawford Forest
Grid ref: 009 395
Longitude: 138.822601
Latitude: -34.866856
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Bush campsite, fire pit, stone table, walker's platform, small shelter (complete with logbook), rainwater tank, large flat camping area up from the fire pit.
Campsite is closed due to risk of tree falls caused by the December 2019 Cudlee Creek fire.

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13 thoughts on “Cudlee Creek North ‘walk-in’ site (Grandpa’s) – site closed following Dec 2019 Fires

  1. Grandpas Camp and the area around it is closed due to damage caused by the Cudlee Creek fire in December 2019.

  2. Checked on this campsite after the fire on 16 Jan 2020.
    Small hut, fire pit and new platform still standing and untouched by fire. Only damage I can report is the log book was missing (likely burnt to dust) and the structure for the water catchment next to the water tank is damaged, the wooden pillars holding the structure up were burnt. Guttering is a bit mangled.
    The tank is still there, and fine, water inside it but don’t know how much.

  3. The Friends installed a platform at Grandpas earlier in the month and inspected the tank
    The gutter needed cleaning however the water clear and clean.
    The tank appeared about 50% capacity

  4. Great campsite, used it on a solo 2 day hike to test some gear out.
    Mating koalas will keep you up if they are active.

  5. 10 minute walk from where you park, just off to the side of a popular mountain bike trail. Grandpa’s campground has everything for the bush camper not for rookies or families without experience.

  6. This camp is no longer accessible by vehicle? Above information very misleading. Disappointing- had to turn back and find another place for the night.

    • Not sure it has ever been accessible be vehicle, or certainly not for a decade or two. The campsite is for hikers who are hiking in the area and/or on the Heysen Trail.

  7. Hi Adam, pretty sure that is a typo, there are no fees for this campsite. We’ll confirm that and re-post here

  8. It says no bookings, but fees…I can’t find a mention of this campsite on forestry sa…any clue as to what the situation is and how to pay?

  9. Stayed here night of 13/10/15. A popular spot. Really lovely. Heard and saw my first koalas for this end to end hike ( N to S)
    Seems odd there is no toilet. Tank only 1/4 full. Shame there is no tank from off the cubby roof.

  10. Facilities

    Bush campsite, fire pit, stone table, small shelter (complete with logbook), rainwater tank, large flat camping area up from the fire pit.

    History of the site, as written in the logbook

    Cornelius (Kees) Geytenbeek was a post-war Dutch migrant who occupied the adjacent property from 1970 to 1999. A horticultural expert and philanthropist, he grew to love his adopted country and gained an appreciation of the Australian bush, its landformand eucalypts, planting a broad variety of species within the valley, vigorously persuing the managament of introduced weeds and shaping the lower valley into a park-like property. He endured the tragic suicide of his eldest son, aged 22, not far from here, but never emotionally recovered. he and his 2 year old grandson would walk to the culvert below here and share the simple pleasure of throwing rocks into the creek – one of the few experiences they would share before Grandad’s death to cancer in 1999, aged 65. The boy later recalled the special place as "Grandams Bridge".

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