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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.
The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed for 5 days in early June 2022. 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 has been brought forward to :
- Commence on the evening of Wednesday 1st June and finish by midday Monday 6th June 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:
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.
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::
- Mapsheet 2B – minor correction of display of trail route around Morialta Barns
- Mapsheet 2D – reroute of trail along Tower Rd/Ross Fire Track to take the trail off Wirra Wirra Rd
- Mapsheet 3A – minor correction of display of trail route to show it following Roennfeldt Rd near Sturt Highway
- Mapsheet 3B – minor, display Marrabel ‘Walk-in’ site on download files
- 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
- Mapsheet 5A – minor, display Bundaleer Sports ground campsite on download files
- Mapsheet 5B – show reroute of trail through main street of Crystal Brook
- Mapsheet 5B – show reroute of trail north of Bowman Park
- Mapsheet 6A – show reroute of trail in Wirrabara forest approaching Block 9 Road
- Mapsheet 6A – minor, display White Park Tank on download files. This tank will be installed in June 2022.
- Mapsheet 6B – minor realignment of route along the Pine Track
- Mapsheet 6C – minor correction of display of trail route approaching Horrocks Pass, and more accurate alignment along the pass.
- Mapsheet 6D – include alternate Heysen Trail route of the The Dutchmans Stern Hike.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail office will close over the Christmas and New Year period at 2.30pm on Friday, December 10th 2021.
Office Volunteers will return for an Information Day on Monday, January 31st 2022 with normal office operations commencing the following day, Tuesday, February 1st 2022 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 Heysen Trail 2022 calendars are ready for collection at the office. If you ordered one for pick up and 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 15th 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, 13th December 2021 (WA / NT – send by Wednesday, 8th December 2021)
- Send Express Post by Monday, 20th December 2021 (WA / NT – send by Wednesday, 15th December 2021).
For Regular Post (cards / letters) within SA, send by Monday, 20th December 2021 (interstate – send by Thursday, 16th December 2021).
Although the office is closed you can still register for Summer and other walks online during the closure period.
The office Volunteers wish all members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.
The Heysen Trail 2022 calendar will be in the Office on Friday November 19th and available for immediate pick up or delivery. We’ve again set a value price of $12/copy
If you have already sent us your order, our Office Volunteers will be making arrangements to post them out. Or if you’ve arranged to pick them up at the Office we will contact you to let you know they are available for collection.
Order your copy now – in time to send to family and friends for Christmas.
Get one for your wall at home or work or buy some as Christmas gifts for family and friends.
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.
Pick your copy from our Office or at the Xmas Gathering at Pirate Life on Sunday November 28th.
You can also order the calendar for pick up from the Office. Contact us either by phone or email.
If you can get into the Office you can take delivery yourself and save the cost of postage.
Alternatively, we will have the calendar available for pick up at our Xmas Gathering at Pirate Life on Sunday November 28th.
However, if you can’t pick up the calendar, the Office Volunteers can also arrange to have it posted to you or your gift recipient.
As the walking season has come to a close, the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving has heralded the beginning of our Summer Walks. These are generally 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 five walks:
Friday 29th October, 6pm: Semaphore/West Lakes/Tennyson
This is a summer/sunset 10klm loop walk, taking in the views from the lake and hopefully the sunset from the Tennyson trail and viewing platform. Their will be an optional dinner at the Big Shed brewery after the walk.
Wednesday 3rd November 6pm: Springfield-Waite
A suburban hike through leafy (but rather hilly) Springfield, skirting Carrick Hill and Waite Conservation Park with a smidge of the Yurrebilla Trail.
Wednesday 10th November 6pm: Wirraparinga Loop
A walk along the 5km Wirraparinga Loop Trail in Brownhill Recreation Park, with a detour along the Springbank Trail. Optional dinner or a refreshment at nearby Edinburgh Hotel.
Thursday 18th November 8am: Old Noarlunga Loop
A brisk morning wake up walk taking in the lower reaches of the Onkaparinga River and with a serious climb to deliver views across to the coast.
Wednesday 24th November 6.00pm: Torrens Linear Park – Lockleys
This walk winds along the River Torrens linear path. An easy 6 km walk, with no hills. Enjoy the wildlife, reed beds and gum trees abundant with birdlife. There will be a post walk dinner at the nearby Lockleys Hotel.
Pay with either option:
- a Golden Boots pass, which are accepted for Twilight walks
- Summer walk casual fees are $5.00 ($1.00 for walkers under 18 years of age)
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. A Golden Boots pass costs $75 and can be used on Summer, End to End and Trail Starter/Trailwalker walks for 12 months from the day of purchase.
Further details of our walks and walker registration can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/walks
The Country Fire Service (CFS) has announced the dates for the 2021/22 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 Monday November 1st.
Flinders District Fire Danger Season to commence on 1st November 2021.
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 2021 and April 15th 2022.
Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on 15th November 2021.
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 2021
The CFS has also announced the fire danger season for the Mt Lofty District will commence on 1st December 2021 and continue through until midnight on 30th April 2022.
As indicated above the Heysen Trail will reopen during April/May 2022. 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.
View pdf map showing re-route
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.
Download gpx file for loading onto your GPS unit
View all re-routes for the Map 5, Spalding to Wirrabara Forest (August 2015)
This temporary re-route has been restored to the original trail alignment
View pdf map showing re-route
Forestry SA advises that logging operations in the Christmas Hill area of Kuitpo Forest will impact on the Heysen Trail for the next few months.
The reroute takes walkers westward from the airstrip gate (Grid Reference 904 968) towards Christmas Hill Road. It then follows the main Brookman Road, passing behind Woodcutters Cottage (GR 894 990) until it turns eastward at Gate CH3 (GR 896 994), rejoining the Trail at GR 904 994.
Walkers are advised to be very careful of heavy trucks when crossing the haul road immediately to the north of Woodcutters Cottage.
Download gpx file for loading onto your GPS unit
View all re-routes for the Map 1: Cape Jervis to Kuitpo Forest (Sept 2014)