Heysen Trail closure in Mt Brown & Dutchmans Stern Conservation Parks from Thursday 1st to Friday 9th September.

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The Dutchmans Stern and Mt Brown Conservation Parks will be closed from 6pm on Thursday 1 September 2016 until 6am on Friday 9 September 2016.

The purpose of the closure is to ensure the safety of the public during a pest control program within the parks during the period indicated.

The Heysen Trail passes through these parks, so you are warned not to attempt to enter them at those times.

The Mount Brown Conservation Park is located between Wilmington and Quorn:

  • Chapter 3, map 7 of the Northern Guidebook and
  • Mapheet 6C, Wirrabara Forest to Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park.

The Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park is just north of Quorn and can be found on the following maps

  • Chapter 4, map 2 of the Northern Guidebook and
  • Mapheets 6D, Wirrabara Forest to Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park and
    7A, Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the parks during the closure.

Please direct any enquiries to Natural Resources, Northern & Yorke.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Closure due to Feral Control, Friday 1st July to Monday 4th July 2016

Buckaringa Sanctuary, managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months.

The next planned closures are:

  • Friday 1 July to Monday 4 July 2016

The Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary between Quorn and Hawker, on map 6, chapter 4, of the Northern Guidebook and on Map 7b, Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the Sanctuary during all times of closure.

The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Closure due to Feral Control, 24-26 June 2016

Buckaringa Sanctuary, managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months.

The next planned closures are:

  • Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2016

The Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary between Quorn and Hawker, on map 6, chapter 4, of the Northern Guidebook and on Map 7b, Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the Sanctuary during all times of closure.

The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

RAA Southern Rally – Sunday 1st May 2016 – Temporary Road Closures affecting Heysen Trail – Southern Fleurieu

During the weekend of Saturday 30th April May 2016 and Sunday 1st May 2016 the running of the 2016 RAA Southern Rally will affect access along sections of the Heysen Trail.

Sunday 1st May between 1 pm and 5 pm:

  • Rymill Rd, Tunk Head Rd (southern end),
  • Callawonga Creek Rd,
  • Bollaparudda Rd (southern end),
  • Mt Scrub Rd (southern end) and
  • Law Rd.
  • This includes approx 4kms of Heysen trail

The section of the Heysen Trail that is closed (Callawonga Creek Rd & Mount Scrub Rd)  is shown on Map 1.4 of the HT Southern Guide and HT Sheetmap 1B.

There are also road closures in the forest areas of the Second Valley Forest on Saturday 30th April May 2016.

Fire Danger Season Brought Forward 2015/16

Fire Danger Season

Following above-average October temperatures, the dates for the 2015/2016 Fire Danger Season have been brought forward. The Heysen Trail is closed during these high risk times.

Fire Ban District Start Date End Date
Mount Lofty Ranges 1 December 17 November 2015    30 April 2016
Adelaide Metropolitan    1 December 17 November 2015    30 April 2016
Mid North 15 November 1 November 2015 30 April 2016
Flinders 1 November 2015 15 April 2016

Walkers are reminded to be extra vigilant of fire weather conditions in coming months. Check the Fire Danger Rating before setting out on a hike, monitor changing weather conditions, and always have a back-up plan. Download the CFS smartphone app and the Emergency+ smartphone app.

Find which Fire Ban District your planned hike is in on our Google Map, by turning on the Fire Ban Districts checkbox layer.

Some short sections of the Heysen Trail remain open year round, principally those sections not on private land. These sections include public roads, Conservation Parks and Reserves (closed on days of Total Fire Ban), Forests (closed on days of Total Fire Ban) and vacant land.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Feral Control Closure, 28-30 August and 25-27 September 2015

Buckaringa Sanctuary, managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months.

The cull program is somewhat opportunistic depending on numbers of goats present and availability of shooters so we cannot provide a set of dates when access to the sanctuary may be closed.

The next planned closures are:

  • Friday 21 August to Monday 24 August 2015 Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August 2015, and
  • Friday 25 September to Sunday 27 September 2015

The Heysen Trail passes through the sancuary between Quorn and Hawker, on map 6, chapter 4, of the Northern Guidebook.

Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the Sanctuary during all times of closure.

We remind hikers to obey these signs, and also to not camp within the sanctuary (a campsite that was located there was closed in 2006).

The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

Heysen Trail returns to Wirrabara Forest & Sampson Flat Fireground

Heysen Trail returns to Wirrabara ForestWirrabara Forest Trail Open

Following on from our earlier update, we’ve been negotiating with stakeholders and can now announce that the Heysen Trail has been restored and re-marked to the original route through Wirrabara Forest. This removes the 44km temporary re-route which went around the entire forest and via the town of Wirrabara.

There are two small re-routes in the northern section of the forest.

Sampson Flat Fireground Re-Opening and Re-Routes

Following the January 2015 Sampson Flat Bushfire the Heysen Trail has been re-marked through the fireground, from Nugget Road to near Kersbrook.

A temporary re-route is in place from Chain of Ponds to Kersbook.

View re-routes:

Buckaringa Sanctuary Feral Control Closure, 19-22 June 2015

Buckaringa Sanctuary, managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months.

The cull program is somewhat opportunistic depending on numbers of goats present and availability of shooters so we cannot provide a set of dates when access to the sanctuary may be closed. The next planned closure is evening of 19th June through to the morning of 22nd June 2015.

The Heysen Trail passes through the sancuary between Quorn and Hawker, on map 6, chapter 4, of the Northern Guidebook.

Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the Sanctuary during all times of closure.

We remind hikers to obey these signs, and also to not camp within the sanctuary (a campsite that was located there was closed in 2006).

The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

Heysen Trail re-opens with close of Fire Danger Season

The entire length of the Heysen Trail re-opens tomorrow following the conclusion of the Fire Danger Season in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Mid North and Flinders Fire Ban Districts.

The northern half of the trail, from Wirrabara, did not open as usual on April 15, as the dates for the Flinders Ranges Fire Ban District had been extended to April 30.

The trail will will remain open until November 2015 when the 2015/16 summer Fire Danger Season begins.

Two small sections of the Trail are currently closed following the January Sampson Flat Fire:

  1. from Cudlee Creek through to Checker Hill Road (Southern Guide, map 3.7, or map 2C Stone Hut Road to Tower Hill on the new mapsheet)
  2. from Mewett Road to Watts Gully Road (Southern Guide, map 3.8, or map 2C Stone Hut Road to Tower Hill on the new mapsheet)

Planning work with stakeholders is well progressed, and we anticipate the re-route will be mapped and marked towards the of May. We will post information about the temporary re-route shortly.

During this fringe period, we remind hikers to be vigilant. A Total Fire Ban may still be declared on selected days over coming weeks.

View more information about how the Fire Danger Season affects the Heysen Trail.

View the CFS media release about Fire Danger Season confirming the conclusion of the Fire Danger Season.

Heavy Rains Filling Water Tanks

Photo courtesy of @creber295, 17/04/2015, titled '5 hour wait for 120mm of rain to settle so we could get through.' https://instagram.com/p/1kjFboo4Hm/

Photo courtesy of @creber295, 17/04/2015, titled ‘5 hour wait for 120mm of rain to settle so we could get through.’ https://instagram.com/p/1kjFboo4Hm/

Heavy rains on Friday in the Flinders and to an extent in the Mid North will be welcomed by this season’s hikers on the Heysen Trail.

During audits conducted from January to early April we were aware that some tanks were low, and with the hiking season starting soon (with the end of the Bushfire Danger Season) we were about to remind hikers to be vigilant with water planning.

The advice though should always be followed: when planning multi-day walks and camping, ensure that upon entering a campsite you still have sufficient water to make it to a known water supply, should the water tank be found to be unexpectedly too low.

We anticipate that Friday’s rains have had a positive effect on tank levels. Reports late night suggest that Yanyanna Hut, which we knew to be almost empty, has been filled to half full. We knew of a number of other tanks that had fallen to 1/4 level, and we hope they too have been filled.

The rains will be welcomed by farmers, and we hope will bring new life to the landscape.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s 8th April 2015 assessment lists much of the area of the southern 2/3 of the trail as facing a Serious or Severe Deficiency in rainfall. Heavy rains that fell over Easter only resulted in 1-5mm of rain (low) in the northern Mt Lofty Ranges and Flinders Ranges.