Attention Heysen Trail Walkers.
Walkers need to be aware that due to the fruit fly problem in metropolitan Adelaide, there are severe penalties for moving potentially affected fruit from one region to another unaffected region.
Please check which region (green, orange or red) you live in, and act accordingly, after viewing the regulations on the SA Govt. fruit fly web site
Only take raw fruit in your lunch boxes if you bought it in a green zone.
For your information the advice from the Department is that:
- We should check the prescribed list of excluded fruit and veges (includes such items as bananas, citrus, blue berries and apples) and not bring them if we are taking them from a red or orange zone. There are processes that can be instigated to render the banned fruits safe, including preparing them cooked, dried, grated, pureed and packaged/processed. Cut, sliced or mashed F&V are still at risk for fruit fly and should be excluded from transporting with you.
- We can purchase our requirements in the green zones.
- To be doubly safe retain your itemised receipt from the point of purchase so that there is no doubt about the source of your food.
The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed early in June. As the Heysen Trail passes close to the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.
The planned closure is:
- Thursday evening 3rd June to Tuesday morning 8th June 2021.
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 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.
The Ranges Rallysprint event will be underway on the Moralana Scenic Drive on the 5-6th of June 2021. This will affect access to and along a section of the Heysen Trail in the Flinders Ranges.
As the Heysen Trail crosses the Moralana Scenic Drive all walkers are advised to take extreme care for the duration of the event. The Heysen Trail will remain open to walkers.
During the event the road will be closed to vehicles (other than cars entered in the rally). 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.
While the rally cars will be traveling at high speed over various sections of the road, the short section of the road used by walkers will be classified as a ‘safety zone’. The organisers have advised that a speed limit of 40 km/hr will apply to that section of the road which will enable walkers to cross the road.
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.