Fire Danger Season set to end on April 30

The Fire Danger Seasons for three of the four Fire Ban Districts affecting the Heysen Trail are set to end on April 30 – meaning as of this date the entire trail will be open to hikers.

Early indications are that the Fire Danger Season will end as scheduled and not be extended beyond April 30. Refer to this press release from the CFS. However hikers should wait until confirmation is received from the CFS that the Fire Danger Season will end on April 30 before making definite plans.

The Fire Danger Season in the Flinders ended on April 15, effectively re-opening the trail north of Wirrabara Forest.

Re-routes notifications updated

Thanks to a recent audit of the published re-routes, the re-routes page has been updated to include some minor re-routes that had previously been omitted.

Details have also been published about two recent re-routes in Mt Crawford and one near Marrabel. Details of the recent re-route near Deep Creek as mentioned in the news article on 8 April will be available soon.

View re-routes page.

Heysen Trail re-opens in the Flinders Fire Ban District

The Fire Danger Season ends today in the Flinders Fire Ban District, allowing the re-opening of the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara Forest (Northern Guide Map 2.6) to the end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge (cfs info).

The Fire Ban Season is scheduled to finish in the remaining three Fire Ban Districts affecting the Heysen Trail on April 30, although this date has yet to be confirmed by the CFS (

Upgrade of 4km of trail through Deep Creek

Trail Upgrade Opens
By Lisa Bachmayer

Walkers will this weekend be able to plant their footprints on the upgraded four-kilometre stretch of the Heysen Trail in Deep Creek Conservation Park.

Open this Saturday, the $90,000 upgrade aims to make the badly eroded section of the trail more environmentally sustainable and provide a more spectacular trek for walkers.

The trail previously hugged the coastline and led its walkers up steep hills, causing significant erosion.

Read full article:

The Victor Harbor Times
08 April 2008

Map details of the re-route will be available soon.

Opening of the Walk Season 6th April 2008

Click on image to view larger imageWhat a magnificent day for walking. The Friends’ had 2 groups walking and arrived at Stirling, outside the new library, in time for the 1pm opening. Other groups also walked in and many walkers and the public were present, so there was a good crowd for the official part of the day. Many groups had informative displays, including The Friends Of The Heysen Trail. Thanks to Jack Marcelis and David Rattray for dedicating their time to manning our stall. Many of our Friends’ visited during the day and there was a lot of “catching up” amongst walkers. The sun shone on those walking after lunch, reminding us that while daylight saving may have finished, we are not far from the summer heat.
At last – we can now get on with our 2008 Walk Program.
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