Animal control program on the Fleurieu Peninsula, 19-30 September 2022

Map of the Wild South Coast Way, the Heysen Trail along the southern coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula

Warning to walkers on the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail.

There will be an extensive aerial cull of feral deer on the Fleurieu Peninsula by PIRSA and other organisations, with the support of local landholders, between 19 and 30 of September 2022.

Walkers may be affected if in the region of  Boat Harbour Beach, Tunkalilla Beach and the trail to Ballaparudda Creek campground.

The cull will use helicopters carrying thermal technology to detect deer, allowing them to be culled even in dense scrub. Flights will be on week days and weekends, mainly around dawn and dusk, when thermal cameras can detect targets most easily.

The Wild South Coast Way will remain open to walkers during the operation

No shoot and low flying buffers will be put in place around the Wild South Coast Way (Heysen Trail) and Bullaparudda campground, as well as public roads and infrastructure.

There is no risk to people or livestock, but if you are in affected areas you may hear low flying helicopters and the sound of gun shots in the distance.

You can find out more information about the operation on the Parks Closure and Alerts page.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar – final call for photos

Have you taken any great photos of the Heysen Trail?

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar is currently being compiled and we need your photos!

Win a free calendar!

Submit your photos for the 2023 calendar for a chance to win a free copy.

Photos must feature the Heysen Trail. There is a maximum of six photos per person.

Photos need to be landscape shaped and meet minimum technical requirements, generally a 7 mega pixel camera on the highest image quality setting.

We prefer photos that do not contain close up images of people.

Closing date for contributions is Monday 26th September. If your photo is selected for inclusion in the calendar, you will receive a complimentary copy.

Email your photos to

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