There will be a cull for purposes of feral animal control organised by PIRSA/DEW on the South Coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula from 4pm Sunday May 7th until Midday Friday May 12th.
This involves Deep Creek National Park, Talisker CP, Eric Bonython CP and Waitpinga CP.
These parks , the Wild South Coast Way and the Heysen Trail within Deep Creek National Park will be closed for the entire time of the above date span for public safety.
Walkers will not be able to access the Trail during this time.
Camping will not be allowed in the named parks during this time.
For further information visit
Map highlighting the ‘no shooting/buffer’ zone
Warning to walkers on the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail.
There will be an extensive animal control cull of feral deer on the Fleurieu Peninsula by PIRSA and other organisations, between 1 and 14 May 2023.
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.
The buffer zone relating to the Wild South Coast Way is displayed in orange on the map above.
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.
Member News: FOHT new Council & Annual Report 2022
The Friends AGM on 5 April 2023 at Torrens Rowing Club was well attended with an upbeat vibe and lots of chatting among members. Thank you all for your membership, engagement and volunteering to keep the Friends and Heysen Trail alive.
Please welcome the incoming Council Members listed below who will continue that commitment.
2023 FOHT Office Bearers & Council Positions
Reminder that the revised FOHT Constitution adopted in 2022 included provision to assist renewal that all member are elected for 2 year terms, a limit of 3 x 2 years continuous in an Office Bearer position and maximum 12 years continuous for any Council member.
- President – Neil Hendry
- Vice President – Melanie Sjoberg
- Secretary – Vicki Stewart continuing in current 2 year term
- Treasurer – Basia Samcewicz continuing in current 2 year term
- Continuing in current 2 year term – Barbara Deed; John Babister; Margaret Fletcher.
- Newly elected: Paul Bond; Judy McAdam; Ross McDougall; Kathy Wright; Mark Fletcher.
FOHT achievements and financial statements were presented and approved at the AGM. The FOHT Annual Report for 2022 outlining those presentations is attached for your information.