South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Raising awareness of the roles, training and activities of CFS Volunteers state-wide


Hills Areas
Hills and Mountain areas.

The definition of a mountain is: a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. A mountain is generally higher and steeper than a hill, but there is considerable overlap, and usage often depends on local custom.

In South Australia, there are two significant mountain ranges present-  the Flinders Ranges in the North and the Mount Lofty Ranges near Adelaide. 

17% of Australia is classed as a hill or mountain, The Oxford English Dictionary suggests a limit of 610 m (2000 ft).

The CFS attend many callouts in the Hills area, due to the windy roads and elevation. The highest concentration of brigades appear in the Adelaide Hills section of the Mount Lofty Ranges. This is due in part to the large population in a difficult to access area, resulting in more resources being required.

Photos from the CFS Promotions Unit