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Re-Routes on the Heysen Trail

Re-Routes of the Heysen Trail, affecting edition: Book Two (2005) (Northern Guide, June 2005)

Book Two (2005)

Northern Guide, June 2005, 1st edition

Notifications Suspended

Re-route notifications for this older guidebook has been suspended, November 2012. No further notifications will be added to the list below.


Occassionally, due to weather or maintenance issues, it is necessary to realign sections of the Heysen Trail. Minor reroutes, necessitated by such things as sand blowouts in coastal areas, protection of native vegetation, erosion control, or requests from landholders, are also frequently carried out.

Logging operations in forests can sometimes necessitate the rerouting of the Trail. These reroutes often have to be done at short notice, and it is important to follow these reroutes, as it is dangerous to walk in areas where logging operations are in progress.

Re-Route Notifications

You can download the maps, print them out (print [Page Scaling: None], ie not [Page Scaling: Fit to Page]) and insert them into your Guide book.


  1. Re-route affecting Map 1.1, Spalding, May 2011
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    The trail has been re-routed through the town of Spalding, leaving the trail at the channel between Railway Dam Road and Borve Hill Road, and rejoining the original trail alignment near Freshwater Creek Weir. Due to SA Water OHS demands there is a minor alteration around Freshwater Creek Weir - the trail no longer passes over the weir wall. The channel has recently been reinstated after many years out of service.
    Download GPX file for loading onto your GPS unit

  2. Re-route affecting Map 1.1, Freshwater Weir Campsite, August 2007
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    Camping is no longer available at Freshwater Weir Campsite

  3. Re-route affecting Maps 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 4.11, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, Re-route notifications for the 2005 Northern Guidebook edition have been suspended, November 2012
    With the release of the recent Southern Guidebook reprint, support for this 2005 Northern Guidebook edition has been suspended. Re-route notifications for this guidebook will no longer be posted on the website.

  4. Re-route affecting Map 1.2, New campsite at Bundaleer Creek, October 2012
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    A new camp site has been constructed beside Bundaleer Creek. We anticipate water will be available for the 2013 hiking season.

    The camp site features a shelter with water tank and bench, and a square bench/table.

    This campsite is midway between the town of Spalding and the Curnows Hut & Campsite - 18.8km from Spalding and 13.5km from Curnows Hut.

    More info in the accommodation forum at http://www.heysentrail.asn.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=698&accom_id=698&name=Bundaleer%20Tank%20Campsite

  5. Re-route affecting Maps 2.6, 2.5, The Bluff, May 2010
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    The Trail now follows a newly marked route just east of the TV Tower Track and parallel to it for about 1.5km. It then briefly joins the TV Track before following the Go-Cart Track to Frypan Hill where it rejoins the previous Trail. The previous parts of the Trail leading to Wirrabara Forest and campground are now controlled by Forestry SA, who have closed the track down from The Bluff, but the Apricot Track remains open.

  6. Re-route affecting Map 2.6, Update on Wirrabara Forest Heysen Trail conditions, July 2012
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    Following the bushfire in Wirrabara Forest in early May, the following info is an update on the Heysen Trail conditions through the area.

    1) The main north-south Heysen Trail along the ridge and the Go-Cart Track is open.

    2) The spur trail, along the Apricot Track, is temporarily closed due to fire damage. This spur track heads east down from the main Trail on the ridge. The trail is extensively damaged and will be re-marked by ARPA. Forestry SA will conduct a logging operation to remove burnt pine trees.

    3) The spur trail beyond the Old Nursery to Ippinitchie Campground is no longer marked. The Old Nursery is now the trailhead for this spur. Both the YHA and Ippinitchie Campground facilities can be used by hikers, but are no longer on the marked Heysen Trail.

  7. Re-route affecting Map 3.2, Mt Remarkable, January 2007
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    The Trail passing near The Racecourse Camp has been re-routed, and in April 2007 the Trail passing along Woolfords Track has also been re-routed.
    Download GPX file for loading onto your GPS unit

  8. Re-route affecting Map 3.3, Mt Remarkable, April 2007
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    The Heysen Trail has been slightly rerouted near Alligator Gorge Road in Mt Remarkable National Park

  9. Re-route affecting Map 4.4, Waterfall near Mt Arden, August 2010
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    UPDATED. An alternative route, originally established in 2005, has been improved to provide walkers who wish to avoid the steep rope climb at the waterfall between Eyre Depot and Mt Arden. Updated map to follow.

  10. Re-route affecting Maps 4.6, 4.5, Buckaringa Gorge, December 2008
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    The Heysen Trail has been slightly rerouted to follow the creek west of Buckaringa Gorge, and near Buckaringa Gorge campsite

  11. Re-route affecting Map 4.6, Buckaringa Gorge campsite, August 2008
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    Camping is no longer permitted at Buckaringa Gorge campsite in the Buckaringa Sanctuary

  12. Re-route affecting Map 4.7, Willochra Creek, April 2011
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    The trail has been re-routed at the Willochra Creek crossing, as the stairs were unsafe and have been removed.
    Download GPX file for loading onto your GPS unit

  13. Re-route affecting Map 5.1, Yourambulla Range, October 2011
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    The trail has been re-routed at the northern end of the Yourambulla Range to avoid an area of aboriginal significance.
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  14. Re-route affecting Map 5.4, Mernmerna Gap, Red Range, March 2011
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    The trail has been re-routed near Mernmerna Gap at Red Range.
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  15. Re-route affecting Map 5.5, Red Range campsite, April 2011
    Red Range campsite has been moved to a nearby location on the trail. Map and details to follow soon.

  16. Re-route affecting Map 5.7, Black Gap to Bridle Gap, May 2010
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    This re-route was included in the recently published 2010 guidebook, but was not noted for this edition, and is between Black Gap and Bridle Gap.
    Download GPX file for loading onto your GPS unit