Mapsheet 8C: Yuluna realignment, Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park

The Heysen Trail east of Aroona ruins has been realigned to follow the northern section of the Yuluna loop walk trail.

The re-route relates to both the August 2015 and the November 2020 editions of Mapsheet 8C.

Although this is a relatively small change, (a distance of 2.6 kms) the walk is improved as follows the Yuluna hike and therefore avoids a section of the Bulls Creek Track.

We do not have a map of the reroute at this stage.

Mapsheet 2C: Error in Grid Reference (Eastings)

Please note that there is printing error on Mapsheet 2C of the 2014 version of the mapsheet.

The grid references (Eastings) on the bottom are incorrect, so those on the top part of the map should be used.
The Eastings on the bottom half of the map are displaced by 1 km between  980 and  700.

As an example, the true grid reference for Grandpas Campsite, (south of Cudlee Creek township)  is 019 395. The Eastings on the top of the map show this correctly, however  the bottom reading is 009 395 (incorrect).

Mapsheet 1D and 2A: Re-route at Chookarloo Campground, Kuitpo Forest

This is a minor but permanent re-route of the Trail near Chookarloo Campground at Kuitpo Forest.

The new route directs walkers away from the Kuitpo Tree Climb and associated car park. Northbound, it deviates from the Trail at the Avenues Picnic Ground (Mapsheet 2A & Southern Guidebook, Map 2.9 at Grid Ref. 916 015), runs parallel with Black Nursery Road for 200 metres before crossing the road. The new trail then enters the forest at GR 918 015. After a short meander through a dense eucalypt forest, it rejoins the Trail just to the north of the Tree Climb area.

The two hike-in campsites at Chookarloo have been closed, but the other 21 campsites in this campground are available for hikers.

Walkers should be aware of increased road traffic when crossing Black Nursery Road and should avoid entering the Tree Climb facility and walking under the high ropes course. There is now a cafe at the the facility and walkers are welcome to take a break and tarry a while at the cafe. Please walk around the high ropes apparatus when accessing the cafe.

Mapsheet 4B: Realignment of the trail east of Mt Bryan

The Mt Bryan re-route is designed to improve the alignment of the trail with the road reserve.

After leaving the Mt Bryan East Rd, the realignment follows the northern side of the fence. After reaching a stile the trail generally tracks north west, zig zagging to the summit.

Mapsheet 1C: Re-route at Robinson Hill/Jaggers Block

This minor re-route relates to the original September 2014 version of Map sheet 1 (Cape Jervis to Kuitpo).

When walking south-north, the re-route starts at the intersection of Prouse, Hancock and Keens Road following a fence line west behind a telephone tower to enter the Robinson Hill walk-in site.

Just prior to the tank and platform it turns north west, out of the campsite, down into and through a disused quarry, to cross Hancock Road and enters the Jaggers Forest, over a step-ladder stile.

It then follows the fence line of the forest, initially west, then north, then west again with a final northerly turn to exit the forest onto Roads Lane, over a stile.

The re-route avoids temporary reroutes through the the forest which may arise due to future logging operations.

This re-route was marked in early September 2022, which was just in time to be included in the new Edition 2 of Map sheet 1.

Mapsheet 1D: Re-route at Kyeema – exit off Woodgate Hill Rd

The Heysen Trail has been permanently re-routed through Kyeema Conservation Park, parallel to Woodgate Hill Road but completely within the Park boundary.

Northbound, it enters the Park through the gate at the junction of Woodgate Hill and Blackfellows Creek Roads (Mapsheet 1D and Southern Guidebook Map 2.8,  Grid Ref 909 942). The new route runs along the southern boundary of the Park until it re-joins the main Trail at Grid Ref.  899 943, near the Kyeema car park.

This re-route greatly improves walker safety by eliminating the undulating walk along Woodgate Hill Rd. It also provides a much more enjoyable walk through the park.

Walkers should exercise caution when crossing Woodgate Hill Road near the junction with Blackfellows Creek Road.

We appreciate the assistance of the Parks SA Rangers who helped with the route selection and trail marking.

Mapsheet 2A: Kuitpo – Jupiter Creek temporary re-route

This reroute is in the Jupiter Creek Plantation on Mapsheet 2A and Southern Guidebook Map 3.1.

It follows the eastern edge of the plantation along Pocock Road from the intersection with Bassham Road (Grid Reference 955 107) until the car park at GR 953 117. It then follows the northern edge of the forest until it reconnects with the Trail at GR 947 120.

Walkers should take care not to enter the logging area shown on the map and to beware of logging trucks using the haul roads to Pocock Road.

Logging operations are due to recommence in July/August 2023, so this reroute will remain in place until further notice.

Mapsheet 5B: Crystal Brook Main Street

This short re-route that leads to the main street of Crystal Brook affords walkers the benefit of easy access to a number of businesses and amenities.

On entering Crystal Brook from the south, the Trail now heads along Darbon Terrace, before crossing under  the railway line and entering Bowman Street, the main street of Crystal Brook.

It takes the walker past various shops, the bakery and a toilet, before circuiting around Adelaide Square and joining  Eyre Road, before heading into the caravan park and rejoining the old route, after crossing the Crystal Brook via a short floodway.

Mapsheet 6B: Minor reroute along the Pine Track, Mt Remarkable National Park

A minor re-route has been marked to take the trail 400 metres further along the northern section of the Pine Track. The new track then follows a creek line for 250 metres before rejoing the original route.

The re-route means that when north bound walkers exit the Pine Track to head north west, the trail now follows a creek line. This avoids an unnecessary hill climb followed by a descent to the creek.