Bundaleer Forest, just 9km south of Jamestown, has been a picnicking destination for generations of locals. Today, it is becoming increasingly well known as a place to walk and cycle.

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Accommodation

Stay overnight at the Conservator’s Hut or the Bundaleer Sport & Rec hall where kitchen facilities make catering easy. For…

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Natural Beauty

Bundaleer Forest is one of the nation’s most beautiful forests, courtesy of the vast diversity of exotic and native species…

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Other Activities

Bundaleer Forest is also ideal for orienteering, rogaining (the sport of long distance cross-country navigation), geo-caching, bird watching, horse riding…

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Sporting Facilities

A recreation and sporting ground (featuring a well-maintained cricket oval, newly resurfaced synthetic tennis courts and a hall for hire)…

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Walking & Cycling

Whether you like a gentle stroll, invigorating hike or pushing pedals you’ll find a trail that suits you. The whole…

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BUNDALEER FOREST WALKING TRAILS

Conservator’s Trail

The Conservator’s Trail can be accessed from the picnic grounds or from the arboretum on Neindorf Road, a beautiful plantation…

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Maple Walk

Enter the Maple Walk through the cast iron gate on the western edge of the picnic grounds. The path twists…

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Scenic Trail

The Scenic Trail commences at the south-eastern end of the picnic grounds. Your effort will be rewarded with a magnificent…

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Sculpture Walk

This is a short walk, but full of family fun, thanks to a series of intriguing sculptures created as part…

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BUNDALEER, THE BIRTHPLACE OF AUSTRALIAN FORESTRY

In the 1870’s South Australia’s native trees were being swept away by eager pioneers in their rush to find materials for buildings, railway sleepers, jetty pylons and supports for mining shafts and tunnels.

The need to find a suitable forestry timber species was crucial.

In 1876, Bundaleer was chosen as the site for the first trial plantings of commercial forestry trees from Europe, North America and all over Australia.

It was soon discovered the Californian

radiata pine was the species most suited to forestry in Australia and this species went on to become the mainstay of not only Australian forestry, but also forestry in Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.

The Woods and Forests Department (now Forestry SA) was formed in 1882 and the Bundaleer Forest Reserve was established with the planting of 400 ha (1000 acres) of forest.

Today, Bundaleer Forest is the state’s smallest pine plantation (just 1500ha) but one that injects $10 million

annually into the local and state economy and employs more than 100 people directly and indirectly.

Bundaleer produces timbers with superior structural strength, a result of the slow growth at Bundaleer (radiata pines in SA’s South-East grow three times faster).

The forest’s high density timbers are widely used in the building industry for verandah and pergola posts. These structural timbers are milled locally.