Large areas of south eastern Australia suffer from the threat of bushfires. Many sections of the Heysen Trail are closed during these high risk times. This time, called the Fire Danger Season, generally runs between November and April, but different areas of the trail fall into different Fire Ban Districts, resulting in slightly different dates. Due to seasonal variations fire risk can vary, so the Fire Danger Season may be extended.
The closure dates of the Heysen Trail are given on relevant maps and/or signs on the Heysen Trail. Signs on the Trail take precedence over dates given on maps. The most up to date information regarding these dates are available from the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) (or by calling the CFS on 1300 362 361), and takes precedence over both Trail signs and maps.
The viability of the Heysen Trail is dependent on the continuing co-operation of private landholders, so the trail closure times must be obeyed at all times.
Some 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 (also closed on days of Total Fire Ban) and vacant land.
Smoking is permitted only when resting (i.e. stopped walking) and in a cleared area with a four metre radius. Please don’t litter – take your cigarette butts with you.
ForestrySA reserves fire restrictions
You cannot light any fires on Forestry land, including Forest Reserves, between 1 November and 30 April in any year. Accommodation in forestry huts and camping grounds is also closed over this period.
For further information contact Ranger staff on 08 8521 1700.
Normal Fire Danger Season Dates
The dates given below are the Fire Danger Season dates announced by the CFS on 29 October 2020. As already stated, the Fire Danger Season may be extended, so please check the actual dates that may be in place on the SA Country Fire Service (CFS) website: www.cfs.sa.gov.au or by calling the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.
|Fire Ban District||Fire Danger Season|
|Mount Lofty Ranges||1 December 2020||30 April 2021|
|Adelaide Metropolitan||1 December 2020||30 April 2021|
|Mid North||15 November 2020||30 April 2021|
|Flinders||1 November 2020||15 April 2021|
Out of the fifteen Fire Ban Districts, only the relevant ones have been listed.
Prescribed burns are often undertaken across the State in the lead up to the Fire Danger Season, near the end of the walk season. These are controlled fires designed to reduce fuel load. Details of prescribed burns can be viewed on the CFS website: www.cfs.sa.gov.au or by calling the CFS Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.
Some 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, Forests and vacant land. Conservation Parks and Reserves and Forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban. The CFS publishes these bans, as does the Bureau of Meteorology, in addition to broadcasted weather reports issued by the media.
Many of these many sections are too small to be of much consequence, but some of the longer sections are noted here:
|Cape Jervis||Talisker Road||vacant land||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 1A. Southern Guidebook,
|Naiko Inlet||Tunkalilla Beach
|vacant land/Deep Creek Conservation Park/ beach||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 1A. Southern Guidebook,
|Parsons Beach||King Head
(1km west of)
|Newland Head Conservation Park/ vacant land||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 1B. Southern Guidebook,
|Blackfellows Creek Road (near Kuitpo Colony)||Rowe Road||vacant land/Kyeema Conservation Park/ Kuitpo Forest/public road||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 1D – 2A. Southern Guidebook,
|Conservation Park||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2B. Southern Guidebook,
|Horsnell Gully Conservation Park||Cudlee Creek.
|Montacute Conservation Park/ Forest/public road||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2B -2C. Southern Guidebook,
|Mewett Road||Old Glen Road||Forest/public road/ Warren Conservation Park||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2C-2D. Southern Guidebook,
|Brownes Road||Albert Glatz Road||Forest/ Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park/ public road||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2D. Southern Guidebook,
|Mount Remarkable National Park
|Yellow Cutting Road||National Park/Forest||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 5B – 6A. Northern Guidebook,
|Mount Brown Conservation Park (southern bdry)||Pichi Richi||Conservation Park/
|Heysen Trail Sheet Map 6C – 6D. Northern Guidebook,
|Aroona||Ikara- Flinders Ranges National Park||Heysen Trail Sheet Map 8B – 8D. Northern Guidebook,
Clarification of the above information and maps showing smaller open sections can be found at Atlas of South Australia (activate the land use and Heysen Trail layers).