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Paid help is needed! If you will be near the Flinders Ranges next weekend, Ben Hockings (Yumigo) one of our trail supporters has asked for your help.
Ben is organising the Hubert 100, a long distance running event in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park on Sat May 6 and Sunday May 7. He needs paid helpers to assist with the event.
Ben needs marshalls to attend water stations/checkpoints at four locations during the event. He suggests 1 or 2 people attend each check point and is offering up to $300 in travel and accommodation allowances per team.
A first aid officer will also be in attendance at each check point.
The check points locations and attendance times will be:
- 2.00pm Saturday to 8.30am Sunday
- 12.30pm Saturday to midnight
- 6.00pm to 9.30am Sunday morning
Intersection of Brachina Gorge Road and Bunyeroo Road
- 8.00pm to 7.00am Sunday morning
Intersection of Wilcolo Track and Heysen Trail
In association with Yumigo, Ben has organised running events on the Heysen Trail (you may have heard of the Heysen 105) and many other locations across South Australia.
As a result he has become a strong supporter and promoter of the Heysen Trail. If you can assist him, please contact Yumigo.
Thank you to the many volunteers who have helped plant trees on the Heysen Trail. The efforts of the Greening Committee and volunteers since 2013 are visible in a number of locations along the trail.
As an example of their work, the trees planted at Worlds End a few years ago can now actually be seen along the road at Duttons Trough (south of Burra).
Most of the trees are still only about knee high but they are starting to stand out from the other roadside vegetation. The best of the trees is scarcely large enough to hide behind (although the photo shows Neil is having a good try!). It has almost doubled in size over the last twelve months.
Our tallest tree, the Worlds End Wonder, is 1.75m and has shot up recently.
The good rains we’ve had over the last 12 months have helped, but the trees have also benefited from special care and supplemental watering provided by the Greening Committee.
In addition to Duttons Trough, the Greening Committee has also managed plantings at Centennial Drive in the Mount Crawford Forest, Hiskeys Hut and along the Bundaleer Channel reserve south of Spalding.
This year we are planting at Lights Pass on the Lavender Federation Trail.
Thanks again to the Greening volunteers and End to End walkers who have helped. Your efforts will be appreciated by walkers in the years ahead.
The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from Monday May 1 to Friday May 5, 2017.
As this coincides with the end of the Fire Danger season in the Mount Lofty Ranges Fire District, walkers are advised to delay their plans to walk on this section of the trail.
The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.
Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.
The trail will be closed between Blowhole Creek and the eastern boundary of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tunkalilla (end of McGregor Rd track). Warning signs and trail closure signs will be placed at several locations along the trail and at the western and eastern approaches to the park.
If you have any enquiries, please call Megan Harper at the Willunga Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8550 3408
Registrations have opened for the first Heysen Trail End to End Maintenance (E2EM) week-end to be held at Cape Jervis on 13th & 14th May.
If you are interested in helping out on the trail, you can register on the Friends website in the same way as you would for a walk.
We appreciate the contribution you will be making to maintaining the trail, so registration is free.
You may have already seen the earlier news item on End to End Maintenance weekends. If not, check it out now to find out more about the program.
There will be more End to End Maintenance week-ends throughout the walking season. These are now listed on the walks program on the website.
If you want any more information on the weekends, please contact the Office.
There is temporary re-route of the Heysen Trail in the vicinity of the Jupiter Creek Diggings site.
The Diggings site has been temporarily closed due to storm damage which has raised safety concerns about some of the mine shafts. Repair work is being undertaken to restore the area.
As a result there is a 3.5 kilometre re-route between Rowe Road on the northern side of the diggings and Kuipto Forest.
Trail closure signs have been erected at both ends of the trail. Please follow the Heysen Trail markers along the re-route.
The Diggings are located west of Echunga in the Adelaide Hills. The site can be found on Map 3.1 of the Heysen Trail Southern Guide and also on the Heysen Trail Sheet Map 2A.
Bookings for the first End to End 12 walk on Sunday May 21st are filling fast. If you want to join the group, now is the time to register.
End to End 12 is the 12th Friend’s group to walk the Heysen Trail. The group will set off from the Cape Jervis trailhead heading towards Parachilna Gorge.
Their first destination is Cobbler Hill in the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The trail for this walk follows sandy coastal tracks and exposed coastal hillsides, providing spectacular views over Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island.
As with previous groups the level of interest has been strong. After opening on Monday morning, the first bus was full by midday. We have now added a second smaller bus, so there are limited spaces available.
At the Friends Annual General meeting last Friday, the Friends welcomed Melanie Sjoberg to the role of President.
Melanie is a dedicated walker and in addition brings with her a wealth of organisational and negotiation skills. She recently retired from the position as Director in the Office for the Public Sector SA Govt.
Melanie completed walking the Heysen Trail in August 2014 with our E2E 4 group. Since then she has continued her connection with the Friends by joining the Lavender Federation Trail walks.
Melanie has provided the following thoughts on her role:
“As I follow a long line of dedicated people, I’m conscious of the challenges but also proud to be the first woman President. I am committed to the beauty and diversity of the Heysen, hence enthusiastic about its continued prominence as an SA icon. On that basis I’m open to any thoughts, ideas or feedback members may wish to share.”
If you wish to pass on any comments or ideas to Melanie, you can do so by sending her an email at the Friends office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie has taken the reins from our Past President (and now Vice President) Robert Alcock. Robert also spoke at the AGM about the many memories he has of the friendship he developed and the many walks undertaken during his 6 year term. Robert’s contribution was heartily acknowledged by those in attendance.
So thank you Robert and congratulations Melanie – welcome to the position of President of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and other Walking Trails.
Come to the Friends’ AGM which is to be held this Friday, March 24 2017 at 7.30 pm. The venue returns to the Woodville Lawn Bowling Club, Oval Avenue, Woodville South (not to be confused with the 10-pin bowling centre on Port Rd).
Guest speaker, Ron Kandelaars, the Friend’s Ambassador will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Ron will talk about his links with the Heysen Trail through the media.
Ron is currently seen on Channel 7 and heard on ABC Radio Adelaide. He is best known as the writer/producer/presenter (with Keith Conlon) of Channel 9’s popular long running travel program. ‘Postcards’.
Hear about our Association’s activities in 2016 and the plans for 2017. Meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions) and find out their plans to further develop and promote the Heysen and other Walking Trails.
Please bring a plate of supper to share.
Parts of the Heysen Trail in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area.
The timing of the burn will depend on suitable weather conditions but DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as Thursday 23rd March 2017.
The burn area includes several tracks that form part of the Heysen Trail, namely the Lodge Track and the Wine Shanty Track (eastwards through to the intersection with Nilee Track).
To ensure the safety of walkers, DEWNR are proposing to close these tracks to the public on the day of the burn and the following day.
DEWNR will redirect walkers walking in a northerly direction to use the Gurra Track out to Mt Lofty Summit Rd and then take the Yerang Track to rejoin with Wine Shanty Track (and vice versa in the southerly direction).
The day after the burn walkers will be able to use the Nilee Track to rejoin the Wine Shanty Track.
DEWNR will endeavour to erect signs in the vicinity to re-direct walkers.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail are saddened by the passing of our highly esteemed past President Jamie Shephard on 27 December, 2016. Jamie was active in all facets of the walking community, and a most generous host of social functions for the members. Jamie will be remembered as a true gentleman and friend to all who knew him, and he will be very sadly missed in the wider community.
- Maintaining the Heysen Trail at a consistent, high standard;
- Assisting section leaders with their maintenance responsibilities;
- Developing our relationships with landholders and others along the trail;
- Providing FOHT walkers with a different rural weekend experience.
- A specific schedule of weekend trips each month of the walking season;
- Involving small groups of up to 10 volunteers per weekend.
- Provides a maintenance program for the whole trail over a five year cycle;
- Focus on trail basics – signage, stiles, obstacles (eg rocks, fallen trees);
- Basic handyperson skills are desirable, not essential (training can be provided);
- A good level of physical fitness and willingness to participate.
- Aim to share the load between a larger group of volunteers so that individuals (particularly leaders) would attend just one or two weekends per year;
- Section leader involvement is keenly sought;
- Accommodation allowance and Saturday night meal will be provided by FOHT
Early in the New Year, you will be able to view maintenance walks program in our Walks Calendar under the new walk grade End-to-End Maintenance.
If you would like to be involved, or have an interest, please contact the Heysen Trail office.
Our office will close for the Christmas period at 2.30 pm on Friday December 16th 2016 to give our volunteers a well-earned break. We will reopen at 10.30 am on Tuesday 17th January 2017.
If you need to contact the Office (by email or telephone) over the break, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen.
Online Shop Sales over Christmas
While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business.
However, as many of our volunteers will be on holidays, it may take longer than normal to service orders. We will endeavour to despatch shop orders within 5 business days.
If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we undertake to despatch any orders received by midday on Tuesday December 20th, on that day.
Register for Twilight walks
While the Office is closed, don’t forget that you can still register for walks online:
The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.
The purpose of the park closure is to ensure the safety of the public during a pest control program within the parks during the period indicated.
The Heysen Trail passes along the eastern edge of these parks. Hence do not divert from the Heysen Trail and attempt to enter these parks at those times. The Go Cart Track Shelter is alongside the Heysen Trail and within the Telowie Gorge Conservation Park, so this shelter may be closed during these times.
The Heysen Trail in areas outside of conservation parks, forests and public roads are currently closed anyway due to the Fire Danger Season beginning in the Flinders on 4th November 2016.
The parks are north of Crystal Brook and to the west of the Wirrabara Forest.
For Heysen Trail (HT) users:
- Napperby Block is on HT Map Sheet 5B
or on HT Northern Guide Map 2.5
- Telowie Gorge CP is on HT Map is Sheet 5B & 6A
or on HT Northern Guide Map 2.6-2.7.
- The Go Cart shelter is on HT Map Sheet 6A
or on HT Northern Guide Map 2.7
Read more on the National Parks closure page.
Don’t miss the wave! The Friends 2017 Calendar pre-order discounted price offer ends soon.
Although it’s not December yet, the presses are nearly ready to roll on the production of the Friends 2017 Calendar.
Submit your order before midday on this coming Monday, November 21 and catch the pre-publication discount price of $15/copy. Orders made after that will be at the normal price of $18.
Purchase online via our online store, or to place a pick-up order direct via the office (phone 08 8212 6299, Mon-Fri 10.30am – 2.30pm).
For on-line store orders, postage to anywhere in Australia is $3.75/single copy
We plan to have copies available to pick up at the End of Year Bash, BBQ and Band at Belair National Park on Sunday December 4.
If you want to join us at the Bash, to assist with catering arrangements, bookings for the Bash close at 2.00pm on Wednesday November 30th.
Book at: heysentrail.asn.au/invite or via the ofﬁce.
Check out more information on the Bash here.
Raunchy Sugar are back!
We changed the venue last year to Karka Pavillion and Belair National Park is still buzzing.
This year don’t miss out. Get your End to End group or walking friends organised and be there.
Come along to Rock and Roll with Raunchy Sugar. Or maybe just relax amongst the lush green surroundings of Karka.
It all happens on Sunday 4 December, 12 – 4pm
The Friends will provide: Befores, BBQ meat and artisan bread.
BYO – wine, beer or soft drink, Bring a Salad or Dessert to share.
Don’t forget a chair or rug, glass, plates & cutlery.
Book early! $20 per person. No refunds!
Book at: heysentrail.asn.au/invite or via the ofﬁce.
Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests.
Remember the venue: Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park. Upper Sturt Road, Belair
A number of tracks within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will be closed each night over the next 11 months.
The purpose of the extended closures is to ensure the safety of the public during a feral cat control program to be conducted after dark. The aim is to protect the populations of recently reintroduced Western Quolls and Brushtail Possums.
The evening closures commence on Thursday, 3 November 2016 and will continue through to Saturday, 30 September 2017.
As daylight hours vary over the period of the control program, there are a range of closure times. They are:
- Thursday, 3 November to Wednesday, 30 November 2016 8.30pm to 5am
- Wednesday, 30 November 2016 to Tuesday 31 January 2017 9pm to 5am
- Tuesday, 31 January 2017 to Tuesday, 28 February 2017 8.30pm to 5am
- Tuesday, 28 February 2017 to Sunday, 30 April 2017 8pm to 5am
- Sunday, 30 April 2017 to Tuesday, 31 July 2017 6pm to 5am
- Tuesday, 31 July 2017 to Saturday, 30 September 2017 6.30pm to 5am
Tracks and walking trails will remain open outside of these times.
The Heysen Trail will remain open at all times, however walkers must:
- remain in designated campgrounds and huts, or
- camp within 20 metres of the Heysen Trail within the park after dark.
Walkers camping in the park may see spotlights and occasionally hear firearms in the distance at night. The Rangers have advised that the control program will not take place in the vicinity of campgrounds or huts.
The tracks that will be closed at night include –
- Trezona Track
- Mount Sunderland Track
- Rifle Range Track
- Old Blinman Track
- Jones Camp Track
- Telegraph Track
- St Mary Peak outside trail
- Cooinda Track
- Pound Gap Track
Further information on the feral animal control program and the nightly trail closures can be obtained from the Natural Resources, SA Arid Lands or by phoning them on (08) 8648 5344 or 0428 116 035.
$15 per copy, available late November-early December
An A4 wall calendar, opening up to A3.
Photos submitted by Friends of the Heysen Trail members and Heysen Trail hikers.
Pre-order now for just $15 per copy. Postage from as little as $3.75. Available late November at $18 per copy. Available for delivery or pick-up in late November-early December.
Purchase online via our online store, or to place a pick-up order please order direct via the office (phone 08 8212 6299, Mon-Fri 10.30am – 2.30pm)
Daylight saving is here and with the approach of warmer weather, our Wednesday evening Twilight walks are about to start.
Walks commence at 6pm and are 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. They are designed to be quite relaxed and often followed by an optional dinner
Cost is $5 per walk, MultiWalk (although not Golden Boots) passes are accepted.
Check out some of the upcoming walks below, or view the full program.
Marino sheep walk
6pm Wed 2nd November
Agricultural qualifications not required for this walk. In addition to seeing sheep you will explore secret gullies, cliff top paths, artworks, parks, lighthouse, amazing rocky beach and stunning city and sea views. End the evening with dinner, if you wish.
Thai on Hutt
6pm Wed 9th November
Richard has found a short walk through the eastern parklands on level ground! Stop for a Thai dinner and then walk back to your cars. Sounds like a treat.
Fifth Creek Wade
6pm Wed 16th November
A pleasant amble along fifth Creek, from its beginning at the Torrens to where we leave it at Black Hill. Dinner at the Rezz Hotel.
Western Torrens Linear Park
6pm Wed 23rd November
This walk takes us along the River Torrens linear path. Optional dinner at the Lockleys Hotel.