A number of tracks within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will remain closed each night over the next 12 months. The current feral animal control program has been extended, so walkers are advised to exercise caution in the area.
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.
The evening closures will continue through to Sunday, 30 September 2018.
As daylight hours vary over the period of the control program, there are a range of closure times. They are:
- Saturday, 30 September to Thursday, 30 November 2017 8.30pm to 5.00am
- Thursday, 30 November 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018 9.00pm to 5.00am
- Wednesday 31 January 2018 to Wednesday, 28 February 2018 8.30pm to 5.00am
- Wednesday, 28 February 2018 to Monday, 30 April 2018 8.00pm to 5.00am
- Monday, 30 April 2018 to Tuesday, 31 July 2018 6.00pm to 5.00am
- Tuesday, 31 July 2018 to Sunday, 30 September 2018 6.30pm to 5.00am
Tracks and walking trails will remain open outside of these times.
The Heysen Trail will remain open at all times, 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.
The tracks that will be closed at night include –
- 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
You can get further information on the feral animal control program and the nightly trail closures from the Natural Resources, SA Arid Lands website or by phoning the office on (08) 8648 5344 or 0428 116 035.