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.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2022.

 

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed for 3 days in late August 2022. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The closure will commence on the evening of Friday 26th August and continue until the morning of  Monday 29th August 2022.

 

 

The Buckaringa Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies and 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.

The Heysen Trail enters the southern boundary of the sanctuary at grid reference 195 440. The northern section on the trail exits the sanctuary at 257 490.

The closure affects the trail in the following walk sections:

51 Warren Gorge to Buckaringa Gorge

52 Buckaringa Gorge to Callabrinda Creek

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary.

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

Heysen Trail closure – Caroona Creek Conservation Park: May 25th-27th 2022.

Caroona Creek Conservation Park :   www.visitburra.com

The Heysen Trail through the Caroona Creek Conservation Park will be closed from 6.00 am Wednesday 25th May to 6.00 pm on Friday 27th May, 2022. We advise walkers to avoid the area during this period.

Parks SA has advised us that the purpose of the closure of the entire conservation park is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.

The Caroona Creek Conservation Park is located approximately 40 kms north of Burra between Newikie Creek and the Dares Hill Summit Road.
The trail through that area is shown on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 4A & 4B and Southern Guide Maps 6.4 & 6.5.

Other park closures

Other parks affected by the closure are:

  • Mimbara Banks Conservation Park
  • Hopkins Creek Conservation Park

If you have any enquiries about the Park Closure  please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Yorke & Mid North on (08) 8841 3400.

You can find further information on the Parks SA Alerts page.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 1st July to Wednesday 6th July 2022.

 

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed for 5 days in early July 2022. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The closure was originally planned for early June. Due to a number of factors the new dates for the closure are :

  • Commencing at 5pm on the evening of  Friday 1st July through to 8am on Wednesday 6th July 2022.

 

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

The closure affects the trail in the following walk sections:

51 Warren Gorge to Buckaringa Gorge

52 Buckaringa Gorge to Callabrinda Creek

 

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary.

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

Heysen Trail GPX files update for GPS: 13 re-routes and corrections

A collection of re-routes and corrections of the trail path in the downloadable GPX file and Interactive Map.

These re-routes have also had a minor +3km impact on the Heysen Trail Distances.

The following re-routes, updates and corrections have been added::

  1. Mapsheet 2B – minor correction of display of trail route around Morialta Barns
  2. Mapsheet 2D – reroute of trail along Tower Rd/Ross Fire Track to take the trail off Wirra Wirra Rd
  3. Mapsheet 3A – minor correction of display of trail route to show it following Roennfeldt Rd near Sturt Highway
  4. Mapsheet 3B – minor, display Marrabel ‘Walk-in’ site on download files
  5. Mapsheet 4A – show reroute of trail through the southern part of Caroona Creek Conservation Park, and more accurate alignment in the northern part of the Conservation Park
  6. Mapsheet 5A – minor, display Bundaleer Sports ground campsite on download files
  7. Mapsheet 5B – show reroute of trail through main street of Crystal Brook
  8. Mapsheet 5B – show reroute of trail north of Bowman Park
  9. Mapsheet 6A – show reroute of trail in Wirrabara forest approaching Block 9 Road
  10. Mapsheet 6A – minor, display White Park Tank on download files. This tank will be installed in June 2022.
  11. Mapsheet 6B – minor realignment of route along the Pine Track
  12. Mapsheet 6C – minor correction of display of trail route approaching Horrocks Pass, and more accurate alignment along the pass.
  13. Mapsheet 6D – include alternate Heysen Trail route of the The Dutchmans Stern Hike.

Bookings for the next ‘End to End’ walk from Cape Jervis open at 7.00am on Tuesday April 5th 2022

Feedback sought on Heysen Trail South Coast Proposed Upgrade

The next series of the Friends ‘End to End’ walks along the Heysen Trail is scheduled to commence from Cape Jervis on Sunday May 8th 2022.

Registrations for the first walk open at 7.00am sharp tomorrow (Tuesday April 5th 2022).

You can find out more information about the walk by reading the description in our walk calendar.

The End to End walk program section of our website provides further information about the ‘E2E’ program.

Registration is open to members of the Friends, so to save time, make sure you have created a membership account before registrations open. You will need to log into your account to register.

Temporary closure of Rossiters Hut

Renovations temporarily close Rossiters Hut on occasions during April 2022

Rossiters Hut  will be closed to walkers for approximately one week commencing 30th March 2022 due to extensive renovation work being undertaken on the building.

A further closure is also planned towards the end of April. That closure is also expected to be for a week or so.

The work is being undertaken by the Friends of the Heysen Trail and ForestrySA and part funded under a Responsible Wood Community grant.

Rossiters Hut is located in the Mt Crawford Forest within the Mt Lofty Ranges fire danger region.

Many sections of the Heysen Trail are currently closed over the Fire Danger Season. The Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges continues through to April 30th.
However, as Rossisters is in a Forestry Reserve, walkers are able to use the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of hut, provided it is not a day of Total Fire Ban.

Please check the listing for Rossiters Hut on our website Accommodation page for the latest closure dates,  as they are subject to change.

April 2022

Issue 162

Highlights include:

  • Walking Trail or Muse?
  • Thru Hiking on the Heysen Trail
  • More than a Stroll on the Beach
  • Taste of the Aussie Camino

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park, 28th March – 1st April 2022

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail

Montacute Conservation Park and Cudlee Creek Forest – March 28th to April 1st, 2022

Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Montacute Conservation Park and Cudlee Creek Forest .

Landscape SA will be conducting an aerial goat control operation in the Montacute area during the week of 27 March – 1 April 2022.

Montacute Conservation Park will be closed to the public from 6pm on Sunday the 27th of March 2022 until 6pm on Friday the 1st of April 2022. The Forestry SA Cudlee Creek Forest will also be closed during this time.

The operational area includes the section of Heysen Trail within the Cudlee Creek Forest and Montacute Conservation Park from Snake Gully Rd, Cudlee Creek, to Valley Rd, Montacute.

The Heysen Trail between the above mentioned access points will not be accessible to the public (or anyone) during these times, to ensure public safety. The affected section of the Heysen Trail can be found on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 2B & 2C.

Both of these entry points to the operational area will be staffed between approximately 7am and 6pm during the operation, to prevent access by members of the public.

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

Friends Office reopens to Visitors

Following the easing of COVID19 restrictions, the Friends Office is now open for enquiries and map purchases.
Our office hours have returned to normal:  10.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Please note, we accept card transactions only and encourage visitors to wear masks.

Office closure Monday 28th March

The Office will be closed on Monday 28th March for the Volunteers Information / Training Day.

Office will reopen from 10.30am Tuesday 29th March.

Full contact details can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/contact

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders Ranges Parks February & March 2022

Walkers are advised that access to the Heysen Trail in the Southern Flinders Ranges will be temporarily closed while pest control programs are undertaken in the following areas:

  • Wapma Thura-Southern Flinders Ranges National Park from 6am Monday, 14th February 2022 until 2pm Friday, 18th February 2022
  • Mt Brown Conservation Park and Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park from 6am Saturday, 26th February 2022 until 2pm Friday, 4th March 2022

These areas include sections of the trail on Heysen Trail Map sheets 6A, 6C and 6D and Maps 2.5, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1 and 4.2 in the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook.

Please take note of these temporary closures and avoid the impacted sections of the trail over the dates and times mentioned above.

Note: Many sections of the Heysen Trail are closed over the Fire Danger Season. The Country Fire Service has already announced the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for the  complete length of the Heysen Trail. However, walkers can still use some sections of the trail, including sections that are not on private land including National Parks, Conservation Parks and Reserves, forests, public roads and vacant land provided access to these areas isn’t closed and it’s not a Declared Total Fire Ban day.

For more information about these pest control programs or park closures, contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service on (08) 8841 3400. You can also view a full list of park closures and alerts on the Parks SA Alerts page.

The Friends Office to reopen on Tuesday 1st February, 2022 – but operations limited due to COVID.

Office Volunteers Information Day cancelled due to concerns over COVID

After a break over Christmas, our Office Volunteers were to attend our annual Volunteer’s Information Day on Monday.

However due to the current COVID outbreak we have cancelled the meeting.

The Office will re-open for restricted operations – but will remain closed to visitors

As of Tuesday we will have a limited number of volunteers in attendance at the Office.
As a further precaution against the spread of COVID, the Office will not be open to visitors or customers.

Our volunteers will be available from 10.30am to 2.30pm to undertake the following administrative tasks:

  • Attend to emails and phone calls,
  • Process On-line shop orders, Membership enquiries and renewals,
  • Answer questions about walking the Heysen Trail,
  • Walk registrations can be made using our online walk calendar but you can also contact the Office if you need assistance.

Full contact details can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/contact

As there will be a limited number of volunteers in attendance and we already have to deal with correspondence received over the break, please be patient if there is a delay in responding to your enquiry.

Access to the Trail over the Fire Danger period

We remind walkers that many sections of the Heysen Trail remain closed over summer and through April. You can find more information about the closures on our Fire Danger Season page.

We will be monitoring advice from SA Health as the situation develops

We trust you will understand the precautions we are taking in the interest of safeguarding the health of our volunteers and their families.

We intend to reopen the Office for ‘drop-in customer’ service as soon as it is considered safe to do so.

Vale David Beaton 1942-2021

David joined the Friends in 1996 about the time he retired from teaching. Within two years he had become entrenched in the office and become co-Membership Secretary in 1998, a post he held until 2009. At the same time, he joined the Walk Committee and started leading walks for the Friends.

The genesis of the End to End walk program

In 1999, at Walk Committee meeting, David suggested that, as we maintained the Trail, maybe we should also be facilitating our walking members to undertake the Trail, End to End.

As the first walk started in 2000, it was known as the Millenium Walk, however over time this has morphed into End-to-End One and then the End-to-End programme.

Consequently, he co-lead the first End to End, starting in 2000 and finishing in 2006 and then 2002, not happy with heading north, he started a southern trek from Parachilna south which he completed the next year.

The End to End walks have become extraordinarily popular as a result consequence of a simple suggestion, he made in 1999. The result so far is 15 groups and over 1,100 people introduced to hiking and the Heysen Trail.

David, the Administrator

Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance at Bridle Gap

David joined the Friend’s Council in 2003 and became Secretary in 2006, a position he held until 2008.

He was also a keen participant in maintenance, as Section Leader, strong, resilient, and resourceful and like many big men, quiet and thoughtful. His counsel was always considerate and considered.

In 2007, David was elected as an Honorary Member for his considerable contribution to the Friends.
In 2017, Walking SA bestowed on David a Special Recognition Award for his contribution to walking and the Friends.

December 2021

Issue 161

Highlights include:

  • An Interloper's Perspective
  • E2E10 Get There........Eventually
  • Impressions From First Time E2E Walkers
  • Wild South Coast Way On The Heysen Trail

Sections of the Heysen Trail in the Mt Lofty fire district now closed over the Fire Danger Season 2021/22

Mt Lofty Fire Danger Season commences

With the commencement of the Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District on December 1st 2021, many sections along the entire length of the Heysen Trail are now closed.

The closed sections of the trail, generally those on private property, will reopen during April/May 2022. The re-opening dates vary across the three Fire Ban Districts the trail passes through.

Much of the trail traverses private property. The viability of the Heysen Trail is dependent on the continuing co-operation of private landholders. Therefore the trail closures must be obeyed during this period.

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, National and Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests and vacant land. The Fire Danger Season page of our website provides a list of Trail Sections Open Year Round

Please note that National, 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.

Access to Heysen Trail huts is also restricted

Access to huts on the trail is also restricted. A number of the huts along the trail are on private property and are therefore not accessible to the public (including walkers) during the Fire Danger Season.

These are:

  • Marschalls Hut
  • Huppatz Hut
  • Hiskeys Hut
  • Catninga Hut
  • Mayo Hut

Huts in National and Conservation Parks are accessible during the Fire Danger Season, provided it is not a day of Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger.
Huts in Forest Reserves are closed from November 1 to April 30.

Walking the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

2021 is the first year that this newly declared walking trail, encompassing the Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis to Waitpinga and continuing on to Victor Harbor, is able to be hiked almost all year round.  Although the new hiker campsites are still under construction, the trail along the Wild South Coast Way may be walked on any day except those of  CFS declared catastrophic fire danger or other days declared by Parks to be closed.  For personal safety reasons, the Friends recommends days of extreme heat should be avoided.

Walkers must keep to the track and not stray, camp or light fires on private land.  Parks protocols for the fire danger season will apply.