Heysen Trail closure near the Buckaringa Sanctuary, 26th to 30th August and 7th to 11th October 2021

 

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed over 2 weekends in late August and mid-October 2021. 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 closures are : 
  • Evening of Thursday 26 August to Morning of Monday 30 August
  • Evening of Thursday 7 October to Morning of Monday 11 October

 

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.

Reminder of a change to the Heysen Trail in the former Bundaleer Forest.

We remind walkers that, as previously announced, there have been a series of changes to the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of Curnows Hut and the former Bundaleer Forest.

In the ‘Heysen Trail reopens on Saturday May 1st 2021‘ news item, we referred to a number of  re-routes along the trail.

One of those, Item 3 Bundaleer, advised a change of the route in April 2021 to follow the Bundaleer Greenway. That re-route considerably lengthened the trail.

On 30 June 2021 we updated the news item to say that the Department of Environment and Water had reversed that re-route.

As a result the original trail between Curnows Hut and New Campbell Hill has been reinstated.

This is a significant change to the trail between Curnows Hut and Raeville. That walk, shown as Section 35 of the Heysen Trail Walk Selector, returns to 20 kms.

Any reference to the change of the trail to follow the Bundaleer Greenway was removed from our website Re-route page in June.

August edition of the Trailwalker

The upcoming August edition of the Trailwalker magazine, contains an article ‘Heysen Trail Route News’.

The article on page 7 includes an item headed ‘Bundaleer Forest’. The item describes the April 2021 change to follow the Greenway.

That article was written prior to the 30 June reinstatement of the original route.

In order to eliminate any confusion, we confirm that the Heysen Trail again follows the route as shown on the Heysen Trail Mapsheet 5A & the Northern Guidebook Map 1.4.

That is also the route shown on the Heysen Trail GPX file 16/2/2021 v4.0 and the corresponding version of the Heysen Trail Interactive Map.

Heysen Trail closure near the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Thursday 3rd June to Tuesday 8th June 2021.

 

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.

Temporary Road Closure of the Moralana Scenic Drive – Sat 5th & Sun 6th of June, 2021

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.

Heysen Trail reopens on Saturday May 1st 2021, with several major re-routes.

The Heysen Trail reopens with the end of the Fire Danger Seasons.

The end of the Fire Danger Seasons in the Mid North and Mt Lofty regions on April 30th 2021, heralds the reopening of the Heysen Trail south of Wirrabara.

The trail north of Wirrabara reopened on April 16th following the end of the fire bans in the Flinders region.

Walkers note the following changes to the trail:

1. Cudlee Creek

HT Mapsheet 2B & 2C and Southern Guidebook Maps 3.6 & 3.7

Forestry SA have given approval for the reopening of the section of the trail affected by the Cudlee Creek fire in December 2019.

The trail markers destroyed in the fire were replaced this week and the trail is now ready for walkers.

The trail closure notes previously included in Walk Selector – Section 14 have been removed:

Walk Selector 14 – Montacute Heights to Cudlee Creek

Our Trail Development team is still working with Forestry to determine whether Grandpas camp is safe for use. In addition to the risk of falling trees, while the rainwater tank survived the water it was affected by ash. At this stage the camp remains closed and may do so for sometime yet.

2. Balquhidder ‘hike in’ site – temporary change 2021.

HT Mapsheet 1B and Southern Guidebook Map 1.4

The basic hike-in site installed by Friends of Heysen volunteers is having a major upgrade with construction underway from May to July 2021.

An interim site is being established by Parks SA in the same area but closer to the road. This remains a free site with water tank for use by Heysen through hikers. Please note the tank water may be limited although the creek is currently flowing.

The Heysen Trail route is not affected.

The good news is that this will deliver upgraded hiker camping facilities as part of the new Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

This project reflects SA Government investment delivered through collaboration between National Parks, Friends of the Heysen Trail, Yankalilla & Victor Harbor Councils.

3. Bundaleer

HT Mapsheet 5A and Northern Guidebook Map 1.4

Update as at 30 June 2021.

DEW has advised that following further consultation with landholders concerning the Bundaleer Greenway,  the following re-route has been reversed and the Heysen Trail has returned to the original route heading north west of Curnows Hut via New Campbell Hill.

Following the Bundaleer bushfire in 2013, the SA Government reviewed its tenure of the affected forestry plantations. Some of the land traversed by the Heysen Trail was transferred to private management.

As a result, the Heysen Trail has been re-routed considerably in this area. The new route over public land now involves an additional 22 kms.  The previous direct route from Curnows Hut to New Campbell Hill is on private property and access is no longer permitted.

The Department for Environment and Water has advised the Friends of Heysen Trail that the new trail has been marked and is now accessible to walkers. The new trail route is shown in the following link: – Bundaleer re-route of Heysen Trail

and added to the re-route page of our website: – Bundaleer Greenway re-route

 

4. Bowman Park section near Crystal Brook

HT Mapsheets 2B & 2C and Northern Guidebook Maps 2.1 & 2.2;

The Heysen Trail is closed between Bowman Park and Hughes Gap.  The Friends of Heysen Trail volunteers are working with Pt Pirie Council to develop an alternative route.

Update 19 July 2021

The new Bowman Park -Huddleston route has been finalised and is open to walkers. The re-route was published on our website on 21 May 2021.

The re-route will be added to the next version of the Heysen Trail gpx file and Interactive map which we expect to issue in a few months.

Eagle Waterhole ‘hike-in’ Hut and campsite closed May to July 2021

The popular hike-in site at Eagle Waterhole in Deep Creek will be closed for reconstruction from May to July 2021.

An interim site is being established by Parks SA, approx. 300m further along the trail heading east: signage will direct walkers to a site with a water tank and picnic tables.

The Heysen Trail route will not be affected.

Walkers may continue to book online through the Parks website: National Parks… – National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

The good news is that this will deliver upgraded hiker camping facilities as part of the new Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail: Wild South… – National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia .

This project reflects SA Government investment delivered through collaboration between National Parks, Friends of the Heysen Trail, Yankalilla & Victor Harbor Councils.

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders Ranges Parks (February 2021)

Walkers are advised that access to the Heysen Trail in the Southern Flinders Ranges will be restricted  from 6 am  Saturday, 20th February 2021 until 2pm Friday, 26th February 2021.

Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, The Napperby Block of Mount Remarkable National Park, Spaniards Gully Conservation Park and Wirrabara Range Conservation Park  will be closed for the purpose of undertaking a pest control program.

The parks cover a long section of the trail on Heysen Trail Map sheets 5B and 6A  and Maps 2.5 to 2.7 of the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook.

Many sections of the Heysen Trail are closed over the Fire Danger Season. The Country Fire Service has  already announced the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for the the complete length of the Heysen Trail.

However walkers can still use some sections of the trail, including sections that are not on private land including Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests, public roads and vacant land – provided it is not a day of a declared total fire ban..

But the feral animal control program means walkers need to take note of this closure and avoid that section of the trail over the period from the 20th to 26th February.

For more information about the control program or park closure, please contact the Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8841 3400.

You can also check this and other park closures on the Parks SA Alerts page.

Sections of the Heysen Trail now closed over the Fire Danger Season 2020/21

Mt Lofty Fire Danger Season commences today

With the commencement of the Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District on December 1st 2020, many sections of the Heysen Trail are now closed.

The closed sections of the trail will reopen during April/May 2021. The re-opening dates vary across the three Fire Ban Districts the trail passes through.

Much of the trail traverses private property. The viability of the Heysen Trail is dependent on the continuing co-operation of private landholders. Therefore the trail closures must be obeyed during this period.

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. The Fire Danger Season page of our website provides a list of Trail Sections Open Year Round

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 and shown on the Interactive Map on the Friends website.

Access to Heysen Trail huts is also restricted

Access to huts on the trail is also restricted. A number of the huts along the trail are on private property and are therefore not accessible to the public (including walkers) during the Fire Danger Season.

These are:

  • Marschalls Hut
  • Huppatz Hut
  • Hiskeys Hut
  • Catninga Hut
  • Mayo Hut

Huts in National and Conservation Parks or Forest Reserves are accessible during the Fire Danger Season, provided it is not a day of Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger.

Heysen Trail closure dates announced for Mt Lofty Fire Danger Season – 2020/21

 

The Country Fire Service  (CFS) has now announced the full set of dates for the 2020/21 Fire Danger Season.

Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban Season to commence on 1st December 2020

The fire danger season for the Mt Lofty District (that is the trail south of Tanunda) will commence on 1st December and continue through until midnight on 30th April 2021.

Closure of the Heysen Trail over the Fire Danger Season

The Heysen Trail is closed during the Fire Danger Season. As the trail passes through several fire ban districts, the closure dates vary depending on the region that the trail passes through.

Flinders District Fire Danger Season commenced on 1st November 2020.

The Flinders District covers the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara.  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 is now closed until April 15th 2021.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on Sunday 15th November 2020.

The Mid North District includes the trail north of Tanunda  and south of Wirrabara. The Heysen Trail between these locations will close on 15th November  2020 and reopen on 30th April  2021.

As indicated above the Heysen Trail will reopen during April/May 2021.

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. You will find the Fire Districts listed on the Fire Danger Season page and shown on the Interactive Map on the Friends website.

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders Ranges

Walkers are advised that access to the Heysen Trail in the Southern Flinders Ranges will be restricted  from 6 am  Saturday, 21 November 2020 until 2pm Friday, 27 November 2020.

Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, The Napperby Block of Mount Remarkable National Park, Spaniards Gully Conservation Park and Wirrabara Range Conservation Park  will be closed for the purpose of undertaking a pest control program.

The parks cover a long section of the trail on Heysen Trail Map sheets 5B and 6A  and Maps 2.5 to 2.7 of the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook.

The Heysen Trail is closed over the Fire Danger Season. The Country Fire Service has  already announced the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for the Mid North & Flinders Districts.  As a result, the Heysen Trail is now closed in those areas.

However walkers can still use some sections of the trail, including sections that are not on private land including Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests, public roads and vacant land.

But the feral animal control program means walkers need to take note of this closure and avoid that section of the trail over the period from the 21st  to 27th November.

For more information about the control program or park closure, please contact the Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8841 3400.

You can also check this and other park closures on the Parks SA Alerts page.