Heysen Trail closure dates over the 2020-2021 Fire Danger Season

The Country Fire Service  has today made the first announcement of the dates for the 2020/21 Fire Danger Season.

The Heysen Trail is closed during the Fire Danger Season. As the trail passes through several fire ban districts, the trail closures commence progressively from Sunday November 1st 2020.

Flinders District Fire Danger Season to commence on 1st November 2020.

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 now be closed between November 1st 2020 and April 15th 2021.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on 15th November 2020.

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 2020 and reopen on April 30 2021.

Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban Season

At this stage there has been no announcement for the Mt Lofty District. However you should check the CFS website for any further announcements.

The Heysen Trail will reopen during April 2021 – again progressively depending on the range of dates 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.

Friends of the Heysen Trail 2021 calendar available for order now. Only $12!

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2021 calendar will be available soon.

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

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

We expect to have copies available at the Office in late 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 by the end of November.

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

Save postage  – pick your copy from our Office.

You can also order the calendar for pick up from the Office.  If you can get into the office you can take delivery yourself.

Contact us either by phone or email.

Unfortunately, as we are unable to hold the End of Year Bash this year, we can’t offer that as a pick up location.

Walkers warned of night closure of trails in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park through to October 31st 2021.

Feral animal control continues in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.

The Department for Environment & Water has advised that the existing feral animal control program being undertaken in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park will continue over the next year.

Multiple walking trails within Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park will be closed every night until Sunday 31 October 2021. Walkers are advised to exercise caution in the area as the trails will be closed for the purpose of a pest control program. The program is being conducted after dark in the vicinity of the following tracks.

– Trezona Track

– Mount Sunderland Track

– Rifle Range Track

– Old Blinman Track

– Jones Camp Track

– Telegraph Track

– *St Mary Peak (outside trail)

– *Cooinda Track

– Pound Gap Track

Evening/night time closures will occur through to Sunday 31st October 2021.

As daylight hours vary over the period of the night time control program, there are a range of closure times. They are:

  • Wednesday 30 September 2020 and Saturday 31 October 2020              8:30 pm to 5:00 am
  • Saturday 1 November 2020 and Sunday 31 January 2021                          9:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • Sunday 31 January 2021 and Sunday 28 February 2021                             8:30 pm to 5:00 am
  • Sunday 28 February 2021 and Friday 30 April 2021                                    8:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • Friday 30 April 2021 and Saturday 31 July 2021                                           6:00 pm to 5:00 am
  • Saturday 31 July 2021 and Thursday 30 September 2021                           6:30 pm to 5:00 am
  • Thursday 30 September 2021 and Sunday 31 October 2021                       8:30 pm to 5:00 am

The tracks and walking trails will remain open outside of these times.

*Additional summer closures apply to some trails within Wilpena Pound from 6pm Monday 30 November 2020 until 6am Monday 1 March 2021.

The purpose of the extended closures is to ensure the safety of the public during a feral cat control program to be conducted after dark. The aim is to protect the populations of recently reintroduced Western Quolls and Brushtail Possums.

During the period of the evening/night closures, the Heysen Trail will remain open. 

During the Fire Danger Season, walkers should be aware that most sections of the Heysen Trail are closed.

However, walkers still have access to the section of the trail passes through the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park (and other public areas), unless a total fire ban has been announced for the day.

However walkers must:

  • remain in designated campgrounds and huts, or
  • camp within 20 metres of the Heysen Trail within the park after dark.

If you are camping in the park, you may see spotlights and occasionally hear firearms in the distance at night. The Rangers have advised that the control program will not take place in the vicinity of campgrounds or huts.

Access to the Heysen Trail during the Fire Danger Season

For more information on walker access to the Heysen Trail over the fire danger season, including sections that remain open, check this page.

Further information

You can get further information on the feral animal control program and these trail closures on the Parks Alerts page or from

The National Parks & Wildlife Service – Port Augusta.

Phone: (+61 8) 8648 5300

Email:  DEW.SAALParksAccommodation@sa.gov.au

Our 2020-21 Twilight/Summer walks commence in November.

As the walking season has come to a close, the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving has heralded the beginning of our Twilight/Summer Walks. There is a 1.5-2 hour evening walk most weeks until March. Some longer walks may be held during the day.

The full programme will soon be listed on our walk calendar but here are the details for the first four walks:

Wed 4th November 6.15pm: Wirraparinga Trail Loop Plus A Bit

A gentle walk along the 5km Wirraparinga Trail in Brownhill Recreation Park, plus a bit of an add on. Optional dinner or a refreshment at nearby Edinburgh Hotel.

Wednesday 11th November 6pm: Randell Park, Mitcham

A somewhat uphill walk through Randell Park with views over the city as the reward.

Thursday 19th November 6pm: Torrens Linear Park (Lockleys)

This walk winds along the River Torrens linear path. An easy 6 km walk, with no hills. Dinner afterwards at the Lockleys Hotel.

Friday 27th November 6pm: Stirling Dinner walk

A 9-10 km loop starts with an uphill section into Stirling. Then downhill to enjoy our dinner and fellowship at the Stirling Golf Club.

Walk fees

Pay with either option:

  • a Golden Boots pass, which are accepted for Twilight walks
  • Twilight walk casual fees are $5.00 ($1.00 for walkers under 18 years of age)

Register online or via the office

If you don’t have a Golden Boots pass, you can purchase one when you register for the walk. Just click on the Golden Boots pass payment option.

Further details of our walks and walker registration can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/walks

Prescribed burn Greenhill – Upper Slape Gully – Tuesday Oct 20th, 2020.

Temporary closure of the Coach Road, Ashton section of the Heysen & Yurrebilla Trails.

Natural Resources SA have announced that the Heysen and the Yurrebilla Trails will be affected by a planned prescribed burn tomorrow, Tuesday October 20th 2020.

The prescribed burn is planned for a section of private property near Coach Road, Ashton. The burn off area is adjacent to the Horsnell Gully Conservation Park.

The Coach Road/Horsnell Gully area is shown on Heysen Trail Mapsheet 2B and Map 3.4 of the Heysen Trail Southern Guidebook.

The  embedded map shows the burn area,  which is adjacent to both trails.

The Coach Road section of the trails will be closed during the burn operation on Tuesday October 20th  (approx 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm). The trails may be closed on the following days depending on potential hazards such as falling trees.

Natural Resources apologise for the late notice of this trail closure. However decisions to proceed with prescribed burns are dependent on weather forecasts.

Parks staff will be erecting trail closed signs in the vicinity of the burn site.

If you have any questions, please contact Libby Mapletoft, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, on ph. 0427 494 518.

Prescribed burn in Kyeema Conservation Park Sept 16, 2020.

Temporary closure of the Kyeema section of the Heysen Trail.

Natural Resources SA have announced that the Heysen Trail will be affected by a planned prescribed burn tomorrow, Wednesday September 16.

The prescribed burn is planned for a section of the Kyeema Conservation Park, off Woodgate Road, Kyeema.

The Park location is shown on Heysen Trail Mapsheet 1D and Map 2.8 of the Heysen Trail Southern Guidebook.

The embedded map shows the burn area which is adjacent to the Heysen Trail.

This section of trail will be closed during the burn operation on Wednesday September 16 (11:00 am until 8:00 pm). The trail may be closed on the following days depending on potential hazards such as falling trees.

We apologise for the late notice of this trail closure, but it was due to factors beyond our control.

Parks staff will be erecting trail closed signs in the vicinity of the burn site.

If you have any questions, please contact Libby Mapletoft, Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, on ph. 0427 494 518.

WALKING SA Walk Event – Adelaide 100 Trail Launch, 7km Showcase walk

Walking SA   Adelaide100 Trail Launch,

7km showcase walk
10:00am Sunday 11 October 2020

Join Walking SA to celebrate the launch of the first section of the Adelaide100® trail.

The Adelaide100® is a loop walking trail of over 100km that takes in the coast, waterways and hills of the capital city of South Australia.
The 7km showcase walk starts from Pinky Flat, following the linear trail along the beautiful River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri. Walking upstream past Adelaide Oval before crossing the river at Hackney Bridge and returning past the zoo and Elder Park. Passing the Festival Centre and Convention Centre, the walk continues under Montefiore Road, crossing the river over the weir before returning to Pinky Flat.

Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines.
Post a photo on social media with #adelaide100 for a chance to win a $200 Scout Outdoor Centre voucher.

Key Facts
Rating: easy
Tickets: Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines. Please register to assist us in managing our COVID-Safe event plan.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Hike Length: 7km

Registration and start location details can be found via the following link to Walking SA website.

More people walking more often

Temporary Road Closure of the Moralana Scenic Drive – Friday 25th September 2020.

A temporary road closure of the Moralana Scenic Drive on Friday 25th September 2020 will affect access to and along a section of the Heysen Trail in the Flinders Ranges..

The road will be closed between 9.00am and 1.00 pm to all traffic, for the purpose of filming a promotion for a car rally event next year.

During the closure vehicles will be travelling at high speed over various sections of the road. As the Heysen Trail crosses the Moralana Scenic Drive all walkers are advised to take extreme care. There will be no vehicle access along the road to drop off or pick up walkers planning to walk on that section of the trail.

The organisers have advised us that the the road will also be closed on 5-6 June 2021 – the dates on which the rally will be held.

The section of the Heysen Trail that is affected is shown on Heysen Trail Map Sheet 8A and Map 5.6 of the Heysen Trail Northern Guide.

Spring 2020

Issue 157

August 2020

Highlights include:

  • A pandemic pivot - through hiking the Heysen
  • Beyond the Heysen with Camel Treks
  • Walking on Eyre
  • Exploring the Yurrebilla

Major update to the Heysen Trail GPS/GPX files – 14 reroutes and corrections

The GPS files of the Heysen Trail have recently been updated to include re-routes and corrections.

Walkers who have previously downloaded the GPS files for their handheld GPS units for use whilst walking the trail should download the new file.

There is now a:

  1. GPX file download (contains only the main trail, spur and alternative trails, and campsites/towns)
  2. KML file download (contains all information as presented in the Interactive Maps interface, but for download and use in the Google Earth interface)

The Interactive Maps interface and Walk Selector have also been updated.

The new files (version v3.22), released on 18th August 2020, include the following changes:

  1. Fixing an erroneous display of the trail at Deep Creek, east of Trig campsite, Mapsheet 1A Cape Jervis to Tunkalilla Beach
  2. Minor update to update Newland Head campsite location, Mapsheet 1B Tunkalilla Beach to Victor Harbor.
  3. Minor re-route of Heysen Trail in Bridgewater, along Ayr St and Beadnell Crescent, rejoining the trail at the southern edge of Bridgewater oval, Mapsheet 2A Kuitpo Office to Bridgewater Oval
  4. Minor re-route of Heysen Trail in the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Mapsheet 2B, Bridgewater Oval to Stone Hut Road
  5. Minor re-route of Heysen Trail in Cleland Conservation Park north of Reynolds Drive, Mapsheet 2B Bridgewater Oval to Stone Hut Road
  6. Minor re-route to re-instate low level river crossing along Colonial Drive into Morialta Conservation Park, Mapsheet 2B Bridgewater Oval to Stone Hut Road
  7. Minor amendment to show 2017 re-route of Heysen Trail near Chain of Ponds, Mapsheet 2C Stone Hut Road to Tower Hill
  8. Re-routes and corrections of the main trail and alternate trail in Mt Crawford forest for Mapsheet 2D Tower Hill to Tanunda,
  9. New campsite created with platform and water tank installed at Lights Hummocks Reserve campsite, Mapsheet 3A Tanunda to Kapunda
  10. Addition of alternate route through the centre of Kapunda, Mapsheet 3A Tanunda to Kapunda
  11. Minor amendment to show 2013 re-route of Heysen Trail near Huppatz Hut, Mapsheet 3D Tothill Gap to Burra
  12. Minor re-route of Heysen Trail near the Bundaleer Reservoir, taking the trail off the main road and across farmland, Mapsheet 5A Spalding to Hiskeys Hut
  13. Opening of a spur trail from Warren Gorge to the Heysen Trail, with Walk Section 50 from Eyre Depot to Buckaringa being split into two smaller more manageable sections: Section 50 Eyre Depot to Warren Gorge, and Section 51 Warren Gorge to Buckaringa. Mapsheet 7A Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to north of Mt Arden
  14. Updating the Walk Selector with the sections previously numbered 55 and 56 being combined into Section 56, from Mt Little Station to Moralana Scenic Drive.

The Heysen Trail Distances  page has also been updated to shown the distances between towns and campsites along the trail.  As a result of these updates the length of main trail (without including temporary reroutes or spur trails) is now 1,123 kms.

Reroutes in Mt Crawford forest, August 2020

View pdf map showing re-route

The Heysen Trail has been re-routed in Mt Crawford forest in three places:

  1. The main trail (which is the route along the southern then eastern side) has been re-routed off of Chalks Road
  2. The alternative trail (which is the route along the north-western side) has been re-routed via Warren Reservoir to Centennial Drive
  3. When the South Para River water level is high, avoid the main trail crossing (marked #3, upstream to the east) and walk 900m downstream to cross the river on the Mount Rd bridge (marked #4, downstream to the west)

Download gpx file for loading onto your GPS unit

View all re-routes for the 2014 Southern Guidebook, 6th Edition

Reroutes in Mt Crawford forest, August 2020

View pdf map showing re-route

The Heysen Trail has been re-routed in Mt Crawford forest in three places:

  1. The main trail (which is the route along the southern then eastern side) has been re-routed off of Chalks Road
  2. The alternative trail (which is the route along the north-western side) has been re-routed via Warren Reservoir to Centennial Drive
  3. When the South Para River water level is high, avoid the main trail crossing (marked #3, upstream to the east) and walk 900m downstream to cross the river on the Mount Rd bridge (marked #4, downstream to the west)

Download gpx file for loading onto your GPS unit

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

Heysen Trail ‘South Coast Week’. October 4th-10th 2020

The Heysen Trail near Kings Beach – photo by Martin Chapman.

 

Your chance to join a guided walk of  the stunning Heysen Trail ‘South Coast’ in one week.

Get in quick for the rare opportunity to undertake the ‘South Coast’. The breathtaking first six sections of the Heysen Trail in ” one hit”, from the trailhead at Cape Jervis through to the delightful little hamlet of Inman Valley.

A full week of walking designed to enable walkers especially those from beyond Adelaide, whether from intrastate or interstate, the opportunity to complete these fantastic sections along the coast in a single block.

Please note this is an extended walk for people wanting to do the entire week of walks and not those only wishing to do selected day walks. You can find out further information about the walks and register for the event on our walk calendar.

Accommodation and dining options

Once you have registered you can think about booking accommodation in Victor Harbor or elsewhere on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Any accommodation booked is the individual walker’s responsibility. Meals will not be provided, but there are a wide range of dining establishments in Victor Harbor

All the walk leaders are currently leading an ‘End to End’ group and have each completed the trail at least twice. They ‘know the lie of the land’ and have organised bus transfers and other details for you. You enjoy the walk without the stress.

For each walk, walkers will need to drive themselves to the end location for the walk. From there, a bus will take you to the start of the day’s walk. The $180 walk fee is to cover the cost of organising the event and the daily bus fees.

Some of these walks are challenging so please ensure you come physically prepared for a memorable week on the Heysen Trail.

Annual General Meeting 2020- Rescheduled to Friday August 28th

The President speaks

Friends of Heysen Trail Annual General Meeting 2020- Rescheduled from March

Now that Covid 19 restrictions have eased the Friends is able to convene its postponed AGM.

  • President Report on 2019
  • Treasurer Report for 2019
  • Election of Council Members
  • Approval of Auditor for 2020/2021
  • Nomination of Honorary Members.

The meeting will be held at the usual location – The Woodville Bowling Club,
Oval Avenue, Woodville, commencing at 6.30 pm.

Members are asked to register in advance as numbers may still need to be limited to appropriate space requirements as defined by SA Health at that time.  Safe hygiene and social distancing will be in place.

Please note socialising after the formal meeting will not occur this year, consequently please don’t bring a plate.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 10th July to Tuesday 14th July 2020.

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed in the coming week. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The planned closure is:

  • Friday evening 10th July to Tuesday morning 14th July 2020.

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

The sanctuary 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.

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

Trail closure caused by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, June 2020

This is a temporary re-route

Forestry SA has closed access to the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of Cudlee Creek, with the affected section shown on this exclusion zone map.

It covers sections of the following maps:

Heysen Trail Sheet Maps 2B & 2C and
Southern Guidebook Map 3.6.

The exclusion zone commences at the eastern exit of Montacute Conservation Park (Grid Ref 983 377) and concludes when the trail leaves Forestry property at Snake Gully Rd (GR 014 402).

Due to the location of the trail in relation to the extensive exclusion zone, finding an alternative route is presenting some difficulties. The travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 have further delayed the task. However, our Trail Development Team is attempting to find a way, but it may be some time before a re-route is approved.

All walkers are advised to avoid the area. Trail closure signs have been erected by Forestry SA. Any walker planning to walk the whole trail this year, including through Cudlee Creek should email the Friends Office to seek advice on alternative arrangements. One option would include taking vehicular transport to avoid the area.

Unfortunately the excluded area includes Grandpa’s campsite, which is now closed. Due to the extent of the fire zone and the danger of falling trees, we do not anticipate the campsite being available for several months, if at all during 2020.

As a result of this closure, there is no campsite between Woodhouse and Scotts Shelter, a distance of 76 kms. Through walkers should be aware of this, and plan accordingly. Refer to the Service Directory and Transport  for planning information.

View all re-routes for the 2014 Southern Guidebook, 6th Edition

Trail closure caused by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, June 2020

This is a temporary re-route

Forestry SA has closed access to the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of Cudlee Creek, with the affected section shown on this exclusion zone map.

It covers sections of the following maps:

Heysen Trail Sheet Maps 2B & 2C and
Southern Guidebook Map 3.6.

The exclusion zone commences at the eastern exit of Montacute Conservation Park (Grid Ref 983 377) and concludes when the trail leaves Forestry property at Snake Gully Rd (GR 014 402).

Due to the location of the trail in relation to the extensive exclusion zone, finding an alternative route is presenting some difficulties. The travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 have further delayed the task. However, our Trail Development Team is attempting to find a way, but it may be some time before a re-route is approved.

All walkers are advised to avoid the area. Trail closure signs have been erected by Forestry SA. Any walker planning to walk the whole trail this year, including through Cudlee Creek should email the Friends Office to seek advice on alternative arrangements. One option would include taking vehicular transport to avoid the area.

Unfortunately the excluded area includes Grandpa’s campsite, which is now closed. Due to the extent of the fire zone and the danger of falling trees, we do not anticipate the campsite being available for several months, if at all during 2020.

As a result of this closure, there is no campsite between Woodhouse and Scotts Shelter, a distance of 76 kms. Through walkers should be aware of this, and plan accordingly. Refer to the Service Directory and Transport  for planning information.

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

Re-route at Jaggers Plantation, Second Valley Forest, June 2020

This is a temporary re-route

View pdf map showing re-route

Due to intensive harvesting operations currently in progress in Jaggers Plantation locality of Second Valley Forest Reserve, a section of the Heysen Trail has been temporarily re-routed. Harvesting is expected to be in operation until approximately the end of August 2020.

Winter 2020

Issue 156

May 2020

Highlights include:

  • Covid-19 update
  • Friends respond to the pandemic
  • Friends 2019 in review
  • Mental & physical health effects of walking
  • What hiking taught me about isolation
  • Terry Lavender Churchill Fellowship