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.