- 4.6 km circuit
- 1.5 hours
- Suitable for
- Walking, Hiking, Dog Walking, Trail Running, Mountain Biking
- Park (national park, conservation park, forest, reserve)
- Bundaleer Forest Reserve
- Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges & Outback
- Download maps & GPS files
- 1 map PDF
- 2 GPS files
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About the Walking Trail
Explore some of the pine plantation forest and native forest areas of the Bundaleer Forest, as you head south from the Picnic Grounds. Much of this trail is on leased forest, so you will need to stick to the trails.
The walk begins from the picnic grounds on Springs Road, Bundaleer North. Cross the creek to the south to start the trail.
Following the 2013 Bundaleer North Bushfire and 2014 Bangor Bushfire at Wirrabara Forest, the plantation forests here at Bundaleer and Wirrabara were no longer considered commercially viable. The forests have now been leased out to private operators, however some forest access has been retained with the Bundaleer Greenway which includes the 1,200km Heysen Trail and 900km Mawson Trail (cycling), and the four trails around the Bundaleer Picnic Ground. The Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association (BFCAA Inc) now manages the picnic grounds and recreation trails around the Bundaleer Picnic Ground. In early 2020 they opened a new playground at the picnic grounds, and a new function centre is expected to open in late 2020.
Some maps of the forest showing the leased and public forest areas do not show or mention the Scenic Trail, which could be interpreted that the trail was closed when the forest areas were leased. This is not the case, the trail is most definitely open and can be used – official Forestry SA signs on the ground indicate this – and the trail is listed and managed by the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association (BFCAA Inc).
Other trails in the Bundaleer Forest, which all start from the Picnic Ground, are:
- Conservator’s Trail, 4.6km 1.5 hours (marked in green on maps)
- Maple Walk, 1.5km, 30-45 minutes (marked in yellow on maps)
- Sculpture Walk, 850m, 25 minutes (marked in purple on maps)
Some trailmarkers along the trail are old and deteriorated, but as at mid 2020 some hand-made signs help people find their way. We hope in time the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association (BFCAA Inc) will be in a position to continue to update the trail signage.
The trail is suitable for walkers, dog walkers and mountain bike users.