Some sections of the Heysen Trail close early due to changes to fire danger season.

Earlier start to the 2018-2019 Fire Danger Season restricts access to the Heysen Trail between Tanunda and Parachilna.

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) has declared the Fire Danger Season will start early in the Flinders and Mid North districts.

This means that access to most sections of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed to walkers earlier than expected.

A dry winter and increased temperatures for spring has brought the fire season forward in these areas.

At this stage there has been no announcement for the Mt Lofty District so the trail south of Tanunda remains open for the present. However you should check the CFS website for any further announcements.

Flinders District Fire Danger Season to commence on October 22.

The Flinders District covers the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara (near Laura).  The trail in this section includes Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Hawker, Wilpena Pound, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park through to the northern end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge.

This section of the trail will now be closed between October 22, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on November 1.

The Mid North District includes the trail between north of Tanunda  and south of Wirrabara. The Heysen Trail between these locations will close on November 1, 2018 and reopen on April 30, 2019.

Some sections of the trail remain open over the Fire Danger Season

During the declared fire danger season some sections of the Heysen Trail remain open to walkers. They are principally the sections of the trail that are not on private land. These include public roads, Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests and vacant land.

Please note that Conservation Parks and Reserves and Forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban. The CFS publishes these bans, as does the Bureau of Meteorology. In addition, the media also broadcast weather reports including fire ban information.

If you want to walk on the trail, check which Fire District you will be in. The Fire Districts are listed on the Fire Danger Season page of the Friends website.

We strongly advise you to respect the rights of landholders. Please restrict any activity which may increase the risk of fire in this period.

Details of the Fire Ban Districts can be found  Google map on the Friends website.

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018

Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby at Buckaringa Wildlife Sanctuary in the Flinders Ranges.

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily towards the end of August. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The planned closure is:

  • Friday evening 24 August to Monday morning 27 August 2018.

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

The sanctuary 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.

AWC will place closure signs at all entry points to the sanctuary to warn walkers of the danger.

Heysen Trail closure near Calabrinda Creek campsite, Saturday June 30th.

Temporary trail closure near Calabrinda Creek

A section of the Heysen Trail near the Calabrinda Creek Campsite, will be closed to walkers for a few hours on Saturday June 30th 2018. Calabrinda Creek campsite is located between Buckaringa Gorge and Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during the running of the Auto One Port Augusta Rally of the Ranges. The rally will be run over many closed sections of road.

We have been advised by the rally organisers that walkers will not be able to access a section of the trail between 11am to 3 pm on June 30.

Location of the trail closure

The rally is a competitive event, so the exact route will not be released prior to the day. However we know that the section of the Heysen Trail that will be closed will be along Barnes Road and may include the Calabrinda Creek Campsite.

This section is found on:

  • Heysen Trail Northern Guide Maps 4.8 & 4.9 and
  • Heysen Trail Sheetmap 7C.

As a guide, the trail closure may extend from the western end of Barnes Road, Grid Reference 354 533, to Grid Reference 430 565, which is the point that the trail leaves Barnes Road and heads in a northerly direction.

Rally organisers have advised us that all gates and roads in the vicinity will be patrolled to alert the public and walkers..

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 15th June to Monday 18th 2018

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed this weekend. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The planned closure is:

  • Friday evening 15 June  to Monday morning 18 June 2018.

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

The sanctuary 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.

AWC will place closure signs at all entry points to the sanctuary to warn walkers of the danger.

Fire Danger prevents access to some sections of the Heysen Trail.

Walkers are asked to observe extension of the fire danger season.

Extended closure of the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis & Tanunda until 15 May 2018.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has extended the Fire Danger Season for the Mount Lofty Ranges. This is due to lower than average rainfalls combined with higher than average temperatures.

This means that access to most sections of the Heysen Trail south of Tanunda will not be open until May 15, 2018.

You are advised to defer walks in these areas until further notice.

You can find information about the extension of the fire danger season in the Mt Lofty Ranges District on the CFS website.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to End on April 30

The CFS has confirmed that fire restrictions affecting the section of the trail north of Tanunda  and south of the Wirrabara Forest will end on April 30.

Limited access to the Heysen Trail south of Wirrabara

Some sections of the Heysen Trail in the fire districts south of Wirrabara (near Laura) may still be open to walkers prior to the cessation of the fire danger periods.

The sections that remain open are principally those not on private land. These include public roads, Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests and vacant land.

Please note that Conservation Parks and Reserves and Forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban. The CFS publishes these bans, as does the Bureau of Meteorology. In addition, the media also broadcast weather reports including fire ban information.

If you want to walk on the trail, check which Fire District you will be in. The Fire Districts are listed on the Fire Danger Season page of the Friends website.

We strongly advise you to respect the rights of landholders. Please restrict any activity which may increase the risk of fire in this period.

Flinders Fire Ban Season Ends

Fire restrictions in the Flinders District have been lifted, meaning the Heysen Trail is now open north of Wirrabara Forest .

This section includes Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Hawker, Wilpena Pound, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park through to the northern end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge.

Details of the Fire Ban Districts can be found on the Google map.

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – April 30 to May 4, 2018

The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from 6.00 am Monday 30 April to 12.00 am on Friday 4, 2018.

The purpose of the closure of the entire conservation park is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.

Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.

The trail will be closed between Blowhole Creek and the eastern boundary of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tunkalilla (end of McGregor Rd track). Warning signs and trail closure signs will be placed at several locations along the trail and at the western and eastern approaches to the park.

If you have any enquiries, please call Victor Harbor  Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8552 0300. Further information can be found on the Parks SA Alerts page.

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Montacute Conservation Park, April 2018

Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail

Montacute Conservation Park – April 8th to April 14th, 2018

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

The Department for Environment and Water (formerly the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, DEWNR) will be conducting a pest control program in the park and on adjoining private property.

Officers will be undertaking the operation between 6.00pm on Sunday April 8th and 6.00am on Saturday April 14th.

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.

The Department will install signs giving advanced notice of the trail and park closures. There will also be 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 reopened at the Jupiter Creek diggings.

Heysen Trail walkers at the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings in August 2015.

The Heysen Trail has returned to the normal route in the area of the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings near Echunga.

In April 2017 access to the site was closed following an assessment of damage caused by storms last year. This resulted in a considerable amount of erosion and subsidence around the old mine shafts. In the interest of public safety the Government temporarily closed the Gold Diggings.

During the closure, access to the main carpark and the walking trail entry from the main road were fenced off. The Heysen Trail was rerouted to follow roads around the Jupiter Creek mine site.

The trail reverts to the original route but the underground tunnel is permanently closed

The fences have now been removed and our maintenance volunteers will finish remarking the original trail within the next few days.

However a main attraction at the site, the New Phoenix Adit underground tunnel has been deemed unsafe and is permanently closed to public access. After a geotechnical inspection of the stability of the tunnel and shaft,  it was closed in the best interest of public safety.

Keep up to date with the latest Heysen Trail reroutes

From time to time the trail route can be changed wither temporarily or permanently. You can keep abreast of changes by referring to the Trail re-route page on our website.

 

Fire Danger Season and another prescribed burn restrict access to the Heysen Trail

Early declaration of the of the Fire Danger season for the Mid North results in the closure of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda from 1 November 2017

Walkers need to be be aware that the Fire Danger Season is nearly upon us. As a result, there are restrictions and the early closure of the Heysen Trail in some locations. A prescribed burn off at Little Mt Crawford today also restict walker access.

Early declaration of the the Fire Danger Season in the Mid North.

The Country Fire Service has announced the early declaration of the Fire Danger Season in the Mid North. For 2017 the date has been brought forward by 2 weeks and the season now commences on 1 November.

Further information on the Fire Danger Season Dates can be found on the CFS website. At this stage the dates have not yet been declared for the Mount Lofty Ranges region.

The Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed from 1 November 2017

The commencement of the Fire Danger Season signals the closure of the Heysen Trail in a region for the year. This is a one of the  conditions of the access agreements negotiated with the owners of private property along the trail.

November 1 is also the declared date for the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for the Flinders region

As a result, the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed from November 1 2017.

There are some sections of the Heysen Trail that remain open to walkers during the Fire Danger Season – these are mainly where the trail traverses National and Conservation Parks and Forestry Reserves.

You can find a list of those sections here

However the trail also closes in these sections on days in which a Total Fire Ban has been declared.

Prescribed burn at Little Mt Crawford on October 24 will close the trail in that area for a week.

Forestry SA has announced a prescribed burn will be held today, October 24 2017, at Little Mt Crawford (in the Mount Lofty fire district).

Please note that the normal route of the Heysen Trail in the Little Mount Crawford/Fromm’s Farm area will be closed until further notice (possibly 1 week hence).

Forestry SA have installed signs in the area to divert walkers along Mount Road.

For any further information please contact the Forestry SA Ranger on duty during this time on telephone (08) 8521 1700.

Prescribed burn to cause temporary closure of the Heysen Trail and tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park

Prescribed burn off will cause a temporary closure of the Heysen Trail in the Cleland Conservation Park.

Parts of the Heysen Trail and other tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area.

The timing of the prescribed burn and temporary closure will depend on suitable weather conditions. DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as today, Tuesday 10th October 2017. The burn off should happen before Monday 30th October.

The temporary closure area

The prescribed burn area includes several tracks that form part of the Heysen Trail, namely the Lodge Track and the Wine Shanty Track (eastwards through to the intersection with Nilee Track).

To ensure the safety of walkers, DEWNR are proposing to close these tracks to the public on the day of the burn and the following day.

DEWNR will redirect walkers walking in a northerly direction to use the Gurra Track out to Mt Lofty Summit Rd. Walkers will then take the Yerang Track to rejoin with Wine Shanty Track (and vice versa in the southerly direction).

The day after the burn walkers will be able to use the Nilee Track to rejoin the Wine Shanty Track.

DEWNR will endeavour to erect signs in the vicinity to re-direct walkers.