Established in 1877, the Wirrabara Forest Reserve was one of the state’s first forest reserves, established to ensure a sustainable timber resource for South Australia.
The forest derives its name from an Aboriginal word for “a place of big trees” and is situated in the Southern Flinders Ranges, 210km north of Adelaide and just west of the Wirrabara township.
Take a walk through large shady gums and pines to the historic Old Nursery, home to many large specimen trees, planted as an arboretum over 100 years ago. Visit the 400 year old King tree which stands 36m high.
Enjoy the fruits of the forest at one of the many local orchards. The passionate operators are only too happy to share their stories and produce with you.
For the ultimate natural experience, camp at the one of the scenic campgrounds or you can even stay at one of the beautiful bed and breakfasts in Wirrabara Forest.
The Ippinitchie Campground, Wirrabara Forest Picnic Ground, Old Wirrabara Nursery and other parts of the former forest are now managed by the Department of Environment and Water.
For safety reasons, the forest is closed to the public on declared Total Fire Ban days.