The Friends Office Closure

Office Closure

The Friends of the Heysen Trail office will close over the Christmas and New Year period at 2.30pm on Friday, December 9th 2022.

Office Volunteers will return for an Information Day on Monday, February 6th 2023 with normal office operations commencing the following day, Tuesday, February 7th 2023 from 10.30am.

If you contact the office (by email or telephone) over the closure period, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until the office reopens. We recommend that you refer to the website for any information you may need.

The 2023 Heysen Trail calendars are still available for purchase on-line or for collection at the office. If you ordered one for collection but haven’t yet done so, don’t forget to pick it up before the office closes.

Online Shop Sales

While the office is closed, the online shop will remain open for business and we will endeavour to despatch shop orders within 5 working days of being received. If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases, we undertake to dispatch any orders received by midday on Wednesday, December 14th on that day.

Please note that Australia Post has advised that for parcel delivery by Christmas (within Australia exc. WA / NT) the following timeframes will apply:

  • Send Parcel Post by Monday, 12th December 2022 (WA / NT – send by Wednesday, 7th December 2022)
  • Send Express Post by Monday, 19th December 2022 (WA / NT – send by Wednesday, 14th December 2022).

For Regular Post (cards / letters) within SA, send by Monday, 19th December 2022 (interstate – send by Thursday, 15th December 2022).

Walk Registrations

Although the office is closed you can still register for Summer and other walks online during the closure period.

Merry Christmas

The Office Volunteers wish all members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

The Heysen Trail is currently closed due to the Fire Danger Season

Most of the Heysen Trail is currently closed due to the Fire Danger Season, however sections through parks, reserves and road reserves remain open. The Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor remains open, but is closed on days of Catastrophic fire danger. The rest of the Heysen Trail will reopen at the end of the Fire Danger Season, between 15 and 30 April 2023.

The Fire Ban Season dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • between Cape Jervis and Tanunda in the Barossa Valley: The Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges will commence on 1 December 2022 and end on 30 April 2023. The Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor remains open, but is closed on days of Catastrophic fire danger.
  • between Tanunda in the Barossa Valley and Wirrabara Forest: The Fire Danger Season in the Mid North will commence on 15 November 2022 and end on April 30th 2023.
  • between Wirrabara Forest and Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges: The Fire Danger Season in the Flinders ends on April 15th 2023.

December 2022

Issue 164

Highlights include:

  • Lavender Highlights
  • End-To-End Year In Summary
  • When The Only Way In Is To Walk
  • Southbound Stomp Or Northward Wander

Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 available now. Only $12!

The Friends of the Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 is now available.

Just a reminder that copies of the Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 are in the Office and available for immediate pick up or delivery.

The calendar offers beautiful photographic images taken by our members and, at $12 a copy, offers great value and an opportunity to support the work of The Friends. Get one for your wall at home or work. They also make excellent Christmas gifts for family and friends, both here in SA or interstate and overseas.

Order from our On-line shop for delivery by post.

By ordering the calendar from our On-line shop you can request postage to an address in Australia or overseas. Postage charges to any address within Australia (for a single copy) will be an additional $4.80.

Save postage – pick your calendar up from the Office.

If you prefer, save the cost of postage by picking up your calendar from the Office. The volunteers there would love to see you.

Fire Danger Season closes some sections of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda

Fire Danger Season has closed sections of the trail in the Mid North fire danger district

In the 2022/23 Fire Danger Season news item issued earlier, we advised walkers that restrictions would commence in the Flinders fire danger district on Nov 1 and in the Mid North district on Nov 15.
This means that some sections of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda are now closed.

Over the fire danger season, the Heysen Trail is closed in the sections that traverse private property. However, apart from broadcast fire ban days, you can still access some sections of the trail. Those sections include national parks, conservation parks, forest reserves and public roads.

We recommend that you check more detailed information about those sections on our Fire Danger Season page.

 

 

 

Feral animal control program affects Heysen Trail at Jupiter Creek – Nov 14th to 18th 2022

Temporary exclusion area at Jupiter Creek

SA Water has issued a temporary trail re-route notification for a section of the Heysen Trail at Jupiter Creek.

The trail re-route will occur during the week of Monday 14th – Friday 18th November, 2022.

The reason for the re-route is because an aerial operation to control deer and goats will be undertaken in the Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve

During the operation publicly accessible areas of the Mount Bold Reservoir Reserve will be closed to the public. The adjoining ForestrySA Jupiter Creek and McIntyres forest reserves will also be closed to the public.

Temporary trail re-route

A temporary re-route will be in place during the operation, so walkers are not greatly inconvenienced. Signs will be in place to direct walkers onto nearby public roads.

The map of the temporary re-route is shown here

The affected section of the Heysen Trail is between the following points:

  • from the southern access to McIntyres forest reserve (Gate MI2, Razorback Rd) – Grid Reference 936 088,
  • to the northern access to Jupiter Creek forest reserve (accessed via Long Gully Rd) – Grid Reference 945 123.

You can find the Jupiter Creek section of the Heysen Trail on Heysen Trail Sheetmap 2A and Southern Guidebook Maps 2.10 & 3.1.

Signage will be in place to assist walkers

To prevent access by members of the public, signage providing information about the area closures will be erected at all main access points, including the Heysen Trail access points to the ForestrySA forest reserves.

A sign will be placed at the northern access point to Jupiter Creek forest reserve, directing walkers along the northern boundary of the forest reserve to Pocock Rd, where they will continue south to re-join the trail on Razorback Rd.

A similar sign will be placed at the southern access point.

A helicopter will fly over but not shoot in the forest reserves. Mobile patrols will be present to prevent access to closed areas.

Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar now in store. Only $12!

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar is here now.

Make sure you order your copies of the calendar early to get in on the low price of $12.00.

Get one for your wall at home or work or buy some as Christmas gifts for family and friends.

The calendar was delivered to the Office in early November.

Order from our On-line shop for delivery by post.

By ordering the calendar from our On-line shop you can request postage to an address in Australia or overseas. We will be posting out the first orders within the next week.

Postage charges to any address within Australia (for a single copy) will be an additional $4.80.

Any orders made through our On-line shop will have the shipping charge added to the cost.

Save postage  – pick your copy from our Office or the Christmas Bash.

You can also order the calendar for pick up from the Office.  If you can get into the Office you can take delivery yourself – we will let you know when they’ve arrived.

If you are attending the Friends Christmas Bash at Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park on Sunday November 13th, you can also collect your ordered calendar there.

To order a ‘pick up’ copy without paying postage, you need to call into or phone the Office to order and pay.

Fire Danger Season closes some Flinders sections of the Heysen Trail

Fire Danger Season has closed sections of the trail in the Flinders fire danger district

In the 2022/23 Fire Danger Season news item issued earlier this week, we advised walkers that fire restrictions have commenced in the Flinders fire danger district.
This includes sections of the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara.

Over the fire danger season, the Heysen Trail is closed in the sections that traverse private property. However, apart from broadcast fire ban days, you can still access some sections of the trail. Those sections include national parks, conservation parks, forest reserves and public roads.

We recommend that you check more detailed information about those sections on our Fire Danger Season page.

Animal control programs are also planned soon for reserves in the Flinders district

In addition to these closures, we have been advised of a number of feral animal control programs commencing this weekend that may also affect walkers in this district.

The Mount Brown & Dutchman Stern Conservation Parks

During the Fire Danger Season, walkers are still able to walk the Heysen Trail through conservation parks, provided  it is not a broadcast fire ban day.
However, both the Dutchman Stern & Mount Brown Conservation Parks will be closed for pub­lic safe­ty while a pest con­trol pro­gram is car­ried out from 6am on Saturday November 5th to 2pm on Friday November 11th 2022.

Mount Brown Conservation Park is just south of Quorn. You can find it on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 6C and Northern Guidebook Maps 3.7 & 3.8. There is further information about this park closure on the Parks Closure & Alerts page.

Dutchman Stern Conservation Park is just north of Quorn. You can find it on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 6D & 7A and Northern Guidebook Maps 4.1 & 4.2. There is further information about this park closure on the Parks Closure & Alerts page

 

 

Buckaringa Sanctuary

Buckaringa Sanctuary will be closed from the evening of Friday November 4th to the morning of Wednesday November 9th 2022.
Australian Wildlife Conservancy, the managers of Buckaringa, will also be conducting feral animal control works.

Buckaringa Sanctuary can be located on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 6D & 7A and Northern Guidebook Maps 4.6 & 4.7.

As Buckaringa is on private property, the Heysen Trail through the sanctuary is closed at this time of the year as a matter of course.  We are providing this notice as an additional warning to walkers.

 

 

 

Heysen Trail closure dates over the 2022-2023 Fire Danger Season

The Country Fire Service  (CFS) has announced the dates for the 2022/23 Fire Danger Season.

Many sections of the Heysen Trail are closed during the Fire Danger Season. As the trail passes through several fire ban districts, the trail closures commence progressively from Tuesday November 1st.

Flinders District Fire Danger Season to commence on 1st November 2022.

The Flinders District covers the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara.  The trail in this section includes Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Hawker, Wilpena Pound, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park through to the northern end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge.

This section of the trail will be closed between November 1st 2022 and April 15th 2023.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on 15th November 2022.

The Mid North District includes the trail between north of Tanunda  and south of Wirrabara. The Heysen Trail between these locations will close on November 15th 2021 and reopen on April 30 2022.

Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban Season to commence on 1st December 2022

The CFS has also announced the fire danger season for the Mt Lofty District will commence on 1st December 2022 and continue through until midnight on 30th April 2023.

As indicated above the Heysen Trail will reopen during April/May 2023. The re-opening dates vary across the three Fire Ban Districts the Trail passes through.

Some sections of the trail remain open over the Fire Danger Season

During the declared fire danger season some sections of the Heysen Trail remain open to walkers. They are principally the sections of the trail that are not on private land. These include public roads, Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests and vacant land.

Please note that 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, the media also broadcast weather reports including fire ban information.

If you want to walk on the trail, check which Fire District you will be in. The Fire Districts are listed on the Fire Danger Season page and shown on the Interactive Map on the Friends website.

New Heysen Trail Map 1, including the Wild South Coast Way.

Release of the new Heysen Trail Map 1, incorporating the Wild South Coast Way

The Friends have taken delivery of the revised version of the Heysen Trail map sheet 1.  The newly released Edition 2 map covers the Cape Jervis to Kuitpo section of the trail. It incorporates the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail – the 74 km long series of spectacular walks between Cape Jervis & Victor Harbor.

You can purchase the new map sheet now via our online store, for $15 with postage from $3.70.

The map shows several spur and loop trails associated with the Wild South Coast Way, the new ‘walk-in’ campsites and other facilities erected on the trail. It also has information about when you can walk the Wild South Coast Way – it is open year round except on days of Cat­a­stroph­ic fire danger.

Remember, you can sign up to receive re-route notifications for your map sheet editions. All map sheets published since 2014 are available for notification.

The Friends map and book clearance sale continues

Meanwhile the Friends map and book clearance sale continues. We are running low on stock of most of our ‘to be discontinued lines’.

We’ve sold our last copy of Warren Bonython’s classic, ‘Walking the Flinders Ranges’. However, we have been advised that the Royal Geographical Society have a few remaining copies. If you missed out on reading the story that led to the creation of the Heysen Trail, you can purchase the book from the RGSSA .

Walk Leader Training

Some people find leading a walk to be a very rewarding experience.

Do you have a favourite walk that you would like to share with others?
Are you interested or considering leading one or more walks for the Friends?

Why don’t you give it a try?

Prospective leaders or anyone thinking about what is involved are welcome to attend the Walk Leader Training scheduled for Saturday 15th October.

The half day session will lead you through the basics of what is involved in leading a walk.

To start the day, a panel of experienced leaders will introduce the skills needed to lead a walk. You may find that you have them already.

Depending on your interest or experience, you may prefer to lead short walk such as a Summer walk or a Trail Starter. The day will also cover what is involved with leading a Trailwalker or even End to End walks.

There will be an interactive session to answer your questions. After that attendees will break into small groups to plan a walk.

You can find out more about the event and register here.
After registering you will receive some information to help you prepare for the training. This will be sent out a few days prior to the day.

The Walk Committee will support you.

This is a great opportunity to understand what is involved in leading a walk with the Friends of the Heysen Trail.
Our many walking members need leaders, so other leaders will help you!

Friends Shop book and map clearance sale is on now.

Image by starline on Freepik

Don’t miss your chance to stock up early on summer time reading or Christmas gift ideas.

We are approaching the end of our financial year, so the order has gone out for our first ever stocktaking sale.
We have slashed prices on selected items.

Get in quick as stocks are running low on most of the following lines. We won’t be reordering more once they’ve gone.

Here is your chance to check out the super low prices. Click on the items listed below to see the product description for further details.

Sale lines

Maps

Clearance price Regular price
Caroona Creek $6.00 $10.00
Kuitpo Forest $6.00 $9.00
Mt Remarkable National Park $6.00 $10.00
Sea to Summit $4.00 $9.00
Yurrebilla Trail Map and Guidebook    SOLD OUT

Books

Discover the Barossa $9.00 $16.50
Discover Kangaroo Island $9.00 $16.50
Exploring the Barossa $9.00 $17.50
Walking the Flinders Ranges    SOLD OUT
Walking with Warren $20.00 $36.00
12 new short Onkaparinga Walks $12.00 $15.00

You can order from our on-line shop or call into the Office to look before you buy.

Image by starline on Freepik


Invitation to The Friends 2022 Christmas Gathering

Invitation

Members and Volunteers of The Friends Christmas gathering

Lets celebrate another year of working and walking on the Heysen.

Date and Time : Sunday November 13th, 12 noon to 4.30 pm

Place: Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park

What to bring: BYO food, drinks, chairs, a rug, cutlery or anything else you need to share the day with walking friends and your families.

Cost and Booking: There is no charge for this event but you need to book so we can give Belair National Park some idea of numbers.   heysentrail.asn.au/event/xmas-bash-2022-2022/

Bookings  open September 19th at 9am  or call  the Office on 8212 6299.

Bookings close on Friday  November  7th .

Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests. On entry, just mention you’re with Friends of the Heysen Trail.

Animal control program on the Fleurieu Peninsula, 19-30 September 2022

Map of the Wild South Coast Way, the Heysen Trail along the southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula

Warning to walkers on the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail.

There will be an extensive aerial cull of feral deer on the Fleurieu Peninsula by PIRSA and other organisations, with the support of local landholders, between 19 and 30 of September 2022.

Walkers may be affected if in the region of  Boat Harbour Beach, Tunkalilla Beach and the trail to Ballaparudda Creek campground.

The cull will use helicopters carrying thermal technology to detect deer, allowing them to be culled even in dense scrub. Flights will be on week days and weekends, mainly around dawn and dusk, when thermal cameras can detect targets most easily.

The Wild South Coast Way will remain open to walkers during the operation

No shoot and low flying buffers will be put in place around the Wild South Coast Way (Heysen Trail) and Bullaparudda campground, as well as public roads and infrastructure.

There is no risk to people or livestock, but if you are in affected areas you may hear low flying helicopters and the sound of gun shots in the distance.

You can find out more information about the operation on the Parks Closure and Alerts page.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar – final call for photos

Have you taken any great photos of the Heysen Trail?

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar is currently being compiled and we need your photos!

Win a free calendar!

Submit your photos for the 2023 calendar for a chance to win a free copy.

Photos must feature the Heysen Trail. There is a maximum of six photos per person.

Photos need to be landscape shaped and meet minimum technical requirements, generally a 7 mega pixel camera on the highest image quality setting.

We prefer photos that do not contain close up images of people.

Closing date for contributions is Monday 26th September. If your photo is selected for inclusion in the calendar, you will receive a complimentary copy.

Email your photos to trailwalker@heysentrail.asn.au

Email size can be up to 25MB (however your email provider may not allow emails of that size).

Kuitpo – Jupiter Creek temporary re-route, June 2022

This is a temporary re-route

View pdf map showing 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.

This reroute is likely to remain in place for the rest of 2022.

View all re-routes for the Map 2: Kuitpo Forest to Tanunda (Sept 2014)

View all re-routes for the Re-Routes

Kuitpo – Christmas Hill temporary re-route, June 2022

This is a temporary re-route

View pdf map showing re-route

This re-route is in the Christmas Hill plantation on Mapsheet 1D and Southern Guidebook Map 2.9.

The Trail is diverted westwards from Grid Reference 902 987 towards Brookman Road, passing behind Woodcutters Cottage at GR 895 992. It follows Brookman Road northwards until Gate CH4 at GR 900 998 when it turns eastwards along a firebreak. The reroute will join the Trail at GR 906 996.

Walkers should take care not to enter the logging areas shown on the map and to beware of logging trucks using the haul road immediately to the north of Woodcutters Cottage.

This reroute is likely to remain in place until the end of 2022.

View all re-routes for the Map 1: Cape Jervis to Kuitpo Forest (Sept 2014)

View all re-routes for the Re-Routes

August 2022

Issue 163

Highlights include:

  • Why Rush A Good Thing?
  • Renovation Of Rossiters Hut
  • Think Pink!
  • Christmas Creek, Lamington NP

Bio Security alert – Be aware of the potential dangers of Foot & Mouth Disease

With the increasing risk of Foot and Mouth Disease (F&MD) being introduced to Australia, it is essential that walkers take precautions to combat the potential spread of FM&D and other soil borne diseases.

As the Heysen Trail (and many other walking trails) traverse private properties, it is important that we respect and protect the agricultural activities that are conducted by landholders.

What we can do to stop the spread

Therefore walkers are asked to clean your footwear, clothing and equipment, including walking poles, so they are free from mud, animal manure and mucus.

  1. Use a stiff brush to clean boots & poles to remove dirt and seeds,
  2. Wash the equipment in water to remove any remaining contaminants,
  3. If possible, immerse your boots in a foot bath
  4. If a foot bath is not available, use a spray bottle with any of the following cleaning agents:
    • soap,
    • detergent,
    • bleach,
    • vinegar,
    • citric acid,
    • percarbonate.

Find out more about Foot and Mouth Disease (F&MD).

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park, 25th-29th July 2022

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park
Monday 25th to Friday 29th July, 2022

Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Montacute Conservation Park.

Landscape SA will be conducting a pest control program in the park and on adjoining private properties.  The operational area includes the section of Heysen Trail between the eastern boundary of Montacute CP (1b Track, Forestry SA), and Valley Rd, Montacute.

The operation will be undertaken between 6.00am on Monday 25th and 6.00pm on Friday July 29th.

Walkers should note that the Conservation Park and adjoining private property will be closed during this period. As a result, there will be no public access to the sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within the park.

Landscape SA will install signs informing the public when the park is closed during the operations.

You can obtain further information about the Park closure from Parks SA.