Heysen Trail reopened at the Jupiter Creek diggings.

Heysen Trail walkers at the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings in August 2015.

The Heysen Trail has returned to the normal route in the area of the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings near Echunga.

In April 2017 access to the site was closed following an assessment of damage caused by storms last year. This resulted in a considerable amount of erosion and subsidence around the old mine shafts. In the interest of public safety the Government temporarily closed the Gold Diggings.

During the closure, access to the main carpark and the walking trail entry from the main road were fenced off. The Heysen Trail was rerouted to follow roads around the Jupiter Creek mine site.

The trail reverts to the original route but the underground tunnel is permanently closed

The fences have now been removed and our maintenance volunteers will finish remarking the original trail within the next few days.

However a main attraction at the site, the New Phoenix Adit underground tunnel has been deemed unsafe and is permanently closed to public access. After a geotechnical inspection of the stability of the tunnel and shaft,  it was closed in the best interest of public safety.

Keep up to date with the latest Heysen Trail reroutes

From time to time the trail route can be changed wither temporarily or permanently. You can keep abreast of changes by referring to the Trail re-route page on our website.

 

The Friend’s Trail Maintenance Shed Open Day – Saturday November 25, 2017.

Inside our Maintenance Shed at Cobbler Creek

Did you know the Friends of the Heysen Trail operates a Maintenance Shed at the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park?

Wondering what goes on behind the scenes of the Trail Development and Maintenance program?

Did you know we have a working partnership with the Work for the Dole scheme to produce toilets and platforms?

Come along to the Friend’s Shed Open Day

  • Find out more about the infrastructure and maintenance program.
  • Socialise with like-minded members, free BBQ and drinks on offer.

Details and how to register…

When       Saturday November 25 2017, 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Where    ‘The Shed’, Cobbler Creek Conservation Park, east of the intersection of Smith and Bridge Rds, Salisbury East.

All you need to bring is a chair and hat.  BBQ and drinks will be supplied

We have work ready to do now:

By Christmas we will have 3 new toilets and 15 camping platforms ready to install at a range of locations along the trail.

  • Are you interested in helping with the installation project? You don’t need to be highly skilled, although some lifting work may be involved.
  • Would you like to be notified of future maintenance events ( i.e. weekday or weekend trail trips, our End to End Maintenance weekends and shed work days)? We have a range of work to be done including ‘lighter’ jobs such as pruning along the trail and painting huts.

Do you have home handy person/building skills?

Our Hut Maintenance Co-ordinator needs more assistance.

If you are a skilled home handyperson or tradesperson and are willing to participate in one or two maintenance trips per year with a small group, please put your name on the list below. Typical work includes carpentry, painting, roofing, plumbing, glazing and plastering.

If you can help in any of these areas, please let us know.

You can leave your name to enter your availability preferences and interests/skills and we will add you to our Maintenance Volunteers mailing list.

This is your chance to ‘give a bit back to the trail’.

Fire Danger Season and another prescribed burn restrict access to the Heysen Trail

Early declaration of the of the Fire Danger season for the Mid North results in the closure of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda from 1 November 2017

Walkers need to be be aware that the Fire Danger Season is nearly upon us. As a result, there are restrictions and the early closure of the Heysen Trail in some locations. A prescribed burn off at Little Mt Crawford today also restict walker access.

Early declaration of the the Fire Danger Season in the Mid North.

The Country Fire Service has announced the early declaration of the Fire Danger Season in the Mid North. For 2017 the date has been brought forward by 2 weeks and the season now commences on 1 November.

Further information on the Fire Danger Season Dates can be found on the CFS website. At this stage the dates have not yet been declared for the Mount Lofty Ranges region.

The Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed from 1 November 2017

The commencement of the Fire Danger Season signals the closure of the Heysen Trail in a region for the year. This is a one of the  conditions of the access agreements negotiated with the owners of private property along the trail.

November 1 is also the declared date for the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for the Flinders region

As a result, the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed from November 1 2017.

There are some sections of the Heysen Trail that remain open to walkers during the Fire Danger Season – these are mainly where the trail traverses National and Conservation Parks and Forestry Reserves.

You can find a list of those sections here

However the trail also closes in these sections on days in which a Total Fire Ban has been declared.

Prescribed burn at Little Mt Crawford on October 24 will close the trail in that area for a week.

Forestry SA has announced a prescribed burn will be held today, October 24 2017, at Little Mt Crawford (in the Mount Lofty fire district).

Please note that the normal route of the Heysen Trail in the Little Mount Crawford/Fromm’s Farm area will be closed until further notice (possibly 1 week hence).

Forestry SA have installed signs in the area to divert walkers along Mount Road.

For any further information please contact the Forestry SA Ranger on duty during this time on telephone (08) 8521 1700.

Prescribed burn to cause temporary closure of the Heysen Trail and tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park

Prescribed burn off will cause a temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Cleland Conservation Park.

Parts of the Heysen Trail and other tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area.

The timing of the prescribed burn and temporary closure will depend on suitable weather conditions. DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as today, Tuesday 10th October 2017. The burn off should happen before Monday 30th October.

The temporary closure area

The prescribed burn area includes several tracks that form part of the Heysen Trail, namely the Lodge Track and the Wine Shanty Track (eastwards through to the intersection with Nilee Track).

To ensure the safety of walkers, DEWNR are proposing to close these tracks to the public on the day of the burn and the following day.

DEWNR will redirect walkers walking in a northerly direction to use the Gurra Track out to Mt Lofty Summit Rd. Walkers will then take the Yerang Track to rejoin with Wine Shanty Track (and vice versa in the southerly direction).

The day after the burn walkers will be able to use the Nilee Track to rejoin the Wine Shanty Track.

DEWNR will endeavour to erect signs in the vicinity to re-direct walkers.

 

Continuation of feral animal control affects tracks in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

Feral animal control continues in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

A number of tracks within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will remain closed each night over the next 12 months. The current feral animal control program has been extended, so walkers are advised to exercise caution in the area.

The purpose of the extended closures is to ensure the safety of the public during a feral cat control program to be conducted after dark. The aim is to protect the populations of recently reintroduced Western Quolls and Brushtail Possums.

The evening closures will continue through to Sunday, 30 September 2018.

Closure times

As daylight hours vary over the period of the control program, there are a range of closure times. They are:

  • Saturday, 30 September to Thursday, 30 November 2017                   8.30pm to 5.00am
  • Thursday, 30 November 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018            9.00pm to 5.00am
  • Wednesday 31 January 2018   to Wednesday, 28 February 2018         8.30pm to 5.00am
  • Wednesday, 28 February 2018  to Monday, 30 April 2018                    8.00pm to 5.00am
  • Monday, 30 April 2018 to Tuesday, 31 July 2018                                     6.00pm to 5.00am
  • Tuesday, 31 July 2018 to Sunday, 30 September 2018                           6.30pm to 5.00am

Tracks and walking trails will remain open outside of these times.

The Heysen Trail will remain open at all times, however walkers must:

  • remain in designated campgrounds and huts, or
  • camp within 20 metres of the Heysen Trail within the park after dark.

If you are camping in the park, you may see spotlights and occasionally hear firearms in the distance at night. The Rangers have advised that the control program will not take place in the vicinity of campgrounds or huts.

The tracks that will be closed at night include –

  • Trezona Track
  • Mount Sunderland Track
  • Rifle Range Track
  • Old Blinman Track
  • Jones Camp Track
  • Telegraph Track
  • St Mary Peak outside trail
  • Cooinda Track
  • Pound Gap Track

You can get further information on the feral animal control program and the nightly trail closures from the Natural Resources, SA Arid Lands website or by phoning the office on (08) 8648 5344 or 0428 116 035.

Buckaringa Sanctuary closure due to feral animal control, Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017

Buckaringa Sanctuary, managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Heysen Trail passes through Buckaringa Sanctuary

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed at the end of this month. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, walkers need to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The next planned closure is:

  • Friday 29 September  to Monday 2 October 2017.

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

The sanctuary is located between Quorn and Hawker  You can find it on map 6, chapter 4, of the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook and on Sheet Map 7b – Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

AWC will place closure signs at all entry points to the sanctuary to warn walkers of the danger .

Heysen Trail reroute around Sampson Flat fireground removed.

Heysen Trail near the Sampson Flat fireground

Heysen Trail route restored near Chain of Ponds and Kersbrook

The temporary reroute of the Heysen Trail due to the Sampson Flat fireground has finally been removed. The last section of the trail through the Mt Crawford Forest near Chain of Ponds and Kersbrook has now been restored.

The devastating fire in the January 2015 resulted in a substantial reroute of the trail. Following work by Forestry SA to clear areas of the forest, the trail has been progressively returned to the original route.

However, until this week the reroute included an extended road walk along South Para Rd near Chain of Ponds and Kersbrook.

The restoration of the trail also includes a small realignment at Chain of Ponds. The trail has been improved and re-routed where it crosses North East Road.

The minor reroute can be viewed:

 

Proposed Upgrade of South Coast Heysen Trail – Feedback Sought

Feedback sought on Heysen Trail South Coast Proposed UpgradeA proposal is under consideration to upgrade the Heysen Trail on the southern Fluerieu Peninsula (67km / 5 days), which will encourage walkers to visit the area, in particular tourists from outside the region.

Feedback is being sought from the public, walkers and potential tourism and adventure operators. The survey will take approx 10 minuntes to complete, or 22 minutes if reading the additional supporting proposal.

About the Upgrade Proposal

Various combinations of walk options will allow for day walkers, 1-2 day walkers, 5-day walkers and a 1-day Accessible trail, with walkers camping on the trail or staying in accommodation nearby. Tourism operators will be able to offer transport services, either daily or the start and end of multi-day walks.

At the core of the product will be a through walk commencing from Cape Jervis and providing access to four exclusive camping sites at Eagle Waterhole, Tapanappa, Balquhidder and Newland Head. These sites will include camping platforms, shelter, toilets and water tanks. Through walkers can tailor their walk, exiting the trail after any of the day walk stages. Tourism operators will add value through the provision of transport, accommodation and other services to day and multi-day walkers.

To provide a ‘softer’ recreational experience for day visitors to the region, or those passing through on their way to Kangaroo Island, and perhaps to encourage new walkers to the region and park, it is proposed that an extensive re-development of the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Fishery Beach (4km one-way, 8km return) will be undertaken to provide a Class 1 trail with boardwalk, viewing platforms and interpretation that will provide an Accessible trail for prams and those with mobility aids including wheelchairs. A boardwalk will be constructed with viewing platforms at points of significant interest in association with appropriate interpretation.

An extension of this upgraded trail onwards to Blowhole Beach (11km walk from Cape Jervis) as a Class 2 trail which will cater for all-terrain wheelchairs, which will be available for hire from the Sealink terminal for visitors with significant physical disabilities. This section will again be suitable for recreational walkers as a two-way linear walk from Cape Jervis or a one way walk with a pick up at the Cobbler Hill camp ground, which will be upgraded to allow cars and buses to park safety.

The proposal is an initiative of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the District Council of Yankalilla, and supports tourism and nature based recreation in regional South Australia.

Provide feedback about this proposal at deepcreek.questionpro.com.

Temporary Re-Route around Giles Conservation Park – until 9 July 2017

Heysen Trail Mapsheet 2B, Temporary ReRoute around Giles CPDue to repairs resulting from damage caused by the September 2016 floods, the Heysen and Yurebilla trails in Giles Conservation Park will be closed from Tuesday June 27th until Sunday July 9th 2017.

A temporary re-route will be marked shortly, but is also shown on the map below. Walkers can avoid the closed trail by following Ridge Road and Woods Hill Road.

The affected section of the Heysen Trail appears on Mapsheet 2B, Bridgewater Oval to Stone Hut Road.

Response from the Friends of the Heysen Trail about the Proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara Greenways

Southern Flinders Ranges from New Campbell HillThe ownership and management of the Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forests may soon change, following the Mid North Forests Future Strategy which commenced after the devastating bushfires of 2013 and 2014.

The State Government is proposing to use the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists. This will create a greenway over sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests that are proposed to be sold to private parties.

We have some concerns with regard to the proposed changes, which we have outlined in our submission below. Our main concerns relate to the proposed change to the route in Bundaleer that removes the section walked from Curnow’s Hut to New Campbell Hill and consequently removes the extensive views across the Spencer Gulf as well as extending the distance.

Submit your feedback via yoursay.sa.gov.au/greenways by COB Monday 12 June 2017.