Heysen Trail to be re-routed around the Cudlee Creek fireground, including Grandpas campsite.
As we are all aware the recent bushfire at Cudlee Creek has caused significant damage to the forest area. As a result, Forestry SA has closed the Cudlee Creek Forest Reserve, which includes Thomas Hill and Mount Misery to the public for safety reasons.
The Heysen Trail traverses part of the forest from Snake Gully Road through to Stone Hut Road. A temporary reroute has been plotted but has not as yet been approved by FSA and DEW. We hope to have this finalised prior to the opening of the walk season but until then we are required to avoid the area.
When the re-route has been established we will publish it on our re-routes page. Due to the amount of work to be undertaken in the area, it may be a number of months before we can return the trail to the normal route.
This CFS Map shows the extent of the Cudlee Creek Forest exclusion zone. Please refer to it before walking in the area and abide by all signage.
There is a National parks & Wildlife Service sign at the end of Valley Rd (Montacute Conservation Park) informing people that there is no thoroughfare through Montacute CP to Forestry SA property along the Heysen Trail.
Grandpas campsite is within the fire exclusion zone and will remain closed until further notice. Some of the infrastructure at the campsite including the rainwater tank has been damaged and will require replacement.
Temporary closure of the Montacute Conservation Park
Fortunately the nearby Montacute Conservation Park was not affected by the fire. However, Parks SA have advised that the park is currently closed for the purposes of a feral animal eradication program. In the interest of public safety, we advise walkers not to enter the park. Parks have posted closure notices at the entrances to the park.
The last closure for this operation will be held on Monday June 1st to Friday June 5th.
You can get more information on the closure, including any changes to the park closure date on the Parks SA Alert page.