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.

Bio Security alert – Be aware of the potential dangers of Foot & Mouth Disease

With the increasing risk of Foot and Mouth Disease (F&MD) being introduced to Australia, it is essential that walkers take precautions to combat the potential spread of FM&D and other soil borne diseases.

As the Heysen Trail (and many other walking trails) traverse private properties, it is important that we respect and protect the agricultural activities that are conducted by landholders.

What we can do to stop the spread

Therefore walkers are asked to clean your footwear, clothing and equipment, including walking poles, so they are free from mud, animal manure and mucus.

  1. Use a stiff brush to clean boots & poles to remove dirt and seeds,
  2. Wash the equipment in water to remove any remaining contaminants,
  3. If possible, immerse your boots in a foot bath
  4. If a foot bath is not available, use a spray bottle with any of the following cleaning agents:
    • soap,
    • detergent,
    • bleach,
    • vinegar,
    • citric acid,
    • percarbonate.

Find out more about Foot and Mouth Disease (F&MD).

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park, 25th-29th July 2022

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park
Monday 25th to Friday 29th July, 2022

Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Montacute Conservation Park.

Landscape SA will be conducting a pest control program in the park and on adjoining private properties.  The operational area includes the section of Heysen Trail between the eastern boundary of Montacute CP (1b Track, Forestry SA), and Valley Rd, Montacute.

The operation will be undertaken between 6.00am on Monday 25th and 6.00pm on Friday July 29th.

Walkers should note that the Conservation Park and adjoining private property will be closed during this period. As a result, there will be no public access to the sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within the park.

Landscape SA will install signs informing the public when the park is closed during the operations.

You can obtain further information about the Park closure from Parks SA.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2022.

 

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed for 3 days in late August 2022. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The closure will commence on the evening of Friday 26th August and continue until the morning of  Monday 29th August 2022.

 

 

The Buckaringa Wildlife 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 Heysen Trail enters the southern boundary of the sanctuary at grid reference 195 440. The northern section on the trail exits the sanctuary at 257 490.

The closure affects the trail in the following walk sections:

51 Warren Gorge to Buckaringa Gorge

52 Buckaringa Gorge to Callabrinda 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.

Heysen Trail closure – Caroona Creek Conservation Park: May 25th-27th 2022.

Caroona Creek Conservation Park :   www.visitburra.com

The Heysen Trail through the Caroona Creek Conservation Park will be closed from 6.00 am Wednesday 25th May to 6.00 pm on Friday 27th May, 2022. We advise walkers to avoid the area during this period.

Parks SA has advised us that the purpose of the closure of the entire conservation park is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.

The Caroona Creek Conservation Park is located approximately 40 kms north of Burra between Newikie Creek and the Dares Hill Summit Road.
The trail through that area is shown on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 4A & 4B and Southern Guide Maps 6.4 & 6.5.

Other park closures

Other parks affected by the closure are:

  • Mimbara Banks Conservation Park
  • Hopkins Creek Conservation Park

If you have any enquiries about the Park Closure  please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Yorke & Mid North on (08) 8841 3400.

You can find further information on the Parks SA Alerts page.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 1st July to Wednesday 6th July 2022.

 

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed for 5 days in early July 2022. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The closure was originally planned for early June. Due to a number of factors the new dates for the closure are :

  • Commencing at 5pm on the evening of  Friday 1st July through to 8am on Wednesday 6th July 2022.

 

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 affects the trail in the following walk sections:

51 Warren Gorge to Buckaringa Gorge

52 Buckaringa Gorge to Callabrinda 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.

Heysen Trail GPX files update for GPS: 13 re-routes and corrections

A collection of re-routes and corrections of the trail path in the downloadable GPX file and Interactive Map.

These re-routes have also had a minor +3km impact on the Heysen Trail Distances.

The following re-routes, updates and corrections have been added::

  1. Mapsheet 2B – minor correction of display of trail route around Morialta Barns
  2. Mapsheet 2D – reroute of trail along Tower Rd/Ross Fire Track to take the trail off Wirra Wirra Rd
  3. Mapsheet 3A – minor correction of display of trail route to show it following Roennfeldt Rd near Sturt Highway
  4. Mapsheet 3B – minor, display Marrabel ‘Walk-in’ site on download files
  5. Mapsheet 4A – show reroute of trail through the southern part of Caroona Creek Conservation Park, and more accurate alignment in the northern part of the Conservation Park
  6. Mapsheet 5A – minor, display Bundaleer Sports ground campsite on download files
  7. Mapsheet 5B – show reroute of trail through main street of Crystal Brook
  8. Mapsheet 5B – show reroute of trail north of Bowman Park
  9. Mapsheet 6A – show reroute of trail in Wirrabara forest approaching Block 9 Road
  10. Mapsheet 6A – minor, display White Park Tank on download files. This tank will be installed in June 2022.
  11. Mapsheet 6B – minor realignment of route along the Pine Track
  12. Mapsheet 6C – minor correction of display of trail route approaching Horrocks Pass, and more accurate alignment along the pass.
  13. Mapsheet 6D – include alternate Heysen Trail route of the The Dutchmans Stern Hike.

Bookings for the next ‘End to End’ walk from Cape Jervis open at 7.00am on Tuesday April 5th 2022

Feedback sought on Heysen Trail South Coast Proposed Upgrade

The next series of the Friends ‘End to End’ walks along the Heysen Trail is scheduled to commence from Cape Jervis on Sunday May 8th 2022.

Registrations for the first walk open at 7.00am sharp tomorrow (Tuesday April 5th 2022).

You can find out more information about the walk by reading the description in our walk calendar.

The End to End walk program section of our website provides further information about the ‘E2E’ program.

Registration is open to members of the Friends, so to save time, make sure you have created a membership account before registrations open. You will need to log into your account to register.

Temporary closure of Rossiters Hut

Renovations temporarily close Rossiters Hut on occasions during April 2022

Rossiters Hut  will be closed to walkers for approximately one week commencing 30th March 2022 due to extensive renovation work being undertaken on the building.

A further closure is also planned towards the end of April. That closure is also expected to be for a week or so.

The work is being undertaken by the Friends of the Heysen Trail and ForestrySA and part funded under a Responsible Wood Community grant.

Rossiters Hut is located in the Mt Crawford Forest within the Mt Lofty Ranges fire danger region.

Many sections of the Heysen Trail are currently closed over the Fire Danger Season. The Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges continues through to April 30th.
However, as Rossisters is in a Forestry Reserve, walkers are able to use the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of hut, provided it is not a day of Total Fire Ban.

Please check the listing for Rossiters Hut on our website Accommodation page for the latest closure dates,  as they are subject to change.

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park, 28th March – 1st April 2022

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail

Montacute Conservation Park and Cudlee Creek Forest – March 28th to April 1st, 2022

Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Montacute Conservation Park and Cudlee Creek Forest .

Landscape SA will be conducting an aerial goat control operation in the Montacute area during the week of 27 March – 1 April 2022.

Montacute Conservation Park will be closed to the public from 6pm on Sunday the 27th of March 2022 until 6pm on Friday the 1st of April 2022. The Forestry SA Cudlee Creek Forest will also be closed during this time.

The operational area includes the section of Heysen Trail within the Cudlee Creek Forest and Montacute Conservation Park from Snake Gully Rd, Cudlee Creek, to Valley Rd, Montacute.

The Heysen Trail between the above mentioned access points will not be accessible to the public (or anyone) during these times, to ensure public safety. The affected section of the Heysen Trail can be found on Heysen Trail Mapsheets 2B & 2C.

Both of these entry points to the operational area will be staffed between approximately 7am and 6pm during the operation, to prevent access by members of the public.

You can obtain further information about the Park closure from Parks SA – Parks Alerts page.