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.

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.

Heysen Trail Closure – Southern Flinders Ranges Parks February & March 2022

Walkers are advised that access to the Heysen Trail in the Southern Flinders Ranges will be temporarily closed while pest control programs are undertaken in the following areas:

  • Wapma Thura-Southern Flinders Ranges National Park from 6am Monday, 14th February 2022 until 2pm Friday, 18th February 2022
  • Mt Brown Conservation Park and Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park from 6am Saturday, 26th February 2022 until 2pm Friday, 4th March 2022

These areas include sections of the trail on Heysen Trail Map sheets 6A, 6C and 6D and Maps 2.5, 3.7, 3.8, 4.1 and 4.2 in the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook.

Please take note of these temporary closures and avoid the impacted sections of the trail over the dates and times mentioned above.

Note: 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  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 National Parks, Conservation Parks and Reserves, forests, public roads and vacant land provided access to these areas isn’t closed and it’s not a Declared Total Fire Ban day.

For more information about these pest control programs or park closures, contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service on (08) 8841 3400. You can also view a full list of park closures and alerts on the Parks SA Alerts page.

Sections of the Heysen Trail in the Mt Lofty fire district now closed over the Fire Danger Season 2021/22

Mt Lofty Fire Danger Season commences

With the commencement of the Fire Danger Season in the Mt Lofty Ranges Fire Ban District on December 1st 2021, many sections along the entire length of the Heysen Trail are now closed.

The closed sections of the trail, generally those on private property, will reopen during April/May 2022. 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, National and 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 National, 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 are accessible during the Fire Danger Season, provided it is not a day of Extreme or Catastrophic fire danger.
Huts in Forest Reserves are closed from November 1 to April 30.

Walking the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail

2021 is the first year that this newly declared walking trail, encompassing the Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis to Waitpinga and continuing on to Victor Harbor, is able to be hiked almost all year round.  Although the new hiker campsites are still under construction, the trail along the Wild South Coast Way may be walked on any day except those of  CFS declared catastrophic fire danger or other days declared by Parks to be closed.  For personal safety reasons, the Friends recommends days of extreme heat should be avoided.

Walkers must keep to the track and not stray, camp or light fires on private land.  Parks protocols for the fire danger season will apply.

Heysen Trail closure dates over the 2022-2023 Fire Danger Season

The Country Fire Service  (CFS) has announced the dates for the 2022/23 Fire Danger Season.

Many sections of the Heysen Trail are closed during the Fire Danger Season. As the trail passes through several fire ban districts, the trail closures commence progressively from Tuesday November 1st.

Flinders District Fire Danger Season to commence on 1st November 2022.

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 will be closed between November 1st 2022 and April 15th 2023.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to start on 15th November 2022.

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 15th 2021 and reopen on April 30 2022.

Mount Lofty Ranges Fire Ban Season to commence on 1st December 2022

The CFS has also announced the fire danger season for the Mt Lofty District will commence on 1st December 2022 and continue through until midnight on 30th April 2023.

As indicated above the Heysen Trail will reopen during April/May 2023. The re-opening dates vary across the three Fire Ban Districts the Trail passes through.

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 and shown on the Interactive Map on the Friends website.

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.