AGM 24th March 2017 – Guest Speaker Ron Kandelaars

Ron Kandelaars – Ambassador to the Heysen Trail and guest speaker at the AGM.

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.

 

 

 

Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Vale Jamie Sheppard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Vale Jamie Shephard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

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.

Vale Jamie Sheppard, past President of Friends of the Heysen Trail

Friends Office will close for Christmas.

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:

Merry Christmas!

The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Don’t miss out! The Friends 2017 Calendar ‘early bird offer’ ends on Monday.

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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.

 

Get down and DIRTY with Raunchy Sugar at the Friend’s End of Year Bash, BBQ & Band – Sunday 4th December 2016

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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

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Pre-Order now – 2017 Heysen Trail Calendar

$15 per copy, available late November-early December

2017 Heysen Trail CalendarShowcasing photographs of South Australia’s long distance adventure hike – the 1,200km Heysen Trail from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.

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)

Our Wednesday evening Twilight Walks start on November 2nd.

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.

Register online or via the office.

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.

Friends win awards at Walking SA Awards Presentation

President Robert accepts the Walking SA Award

President Robert accepts the Walking SA Award

14681725_1266883953355764_7727399999955805516_njulian-7220879_nThe Friends won an award on Thursday night at the Walking SA Awards for South Australia, for our work on the HeysenTrail and for our End-to-End walking program.
Special Recognition Award – Organisation – http://bit.ly/2dyLYCo

Two of our members also won Walking SA Awards for Longstanding Contribution – Individual. Colin and Julian were awarded for an enormous amount of work they have put in over many many years.

Listen to Radio Interview with Ron Kandelaars on 891 ABC Adelaide, 13 July 2016

Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide.

He discusses walking South Australia’s 1200 kilometre long Heysen Trail as a great bucket list item, and our organisation’s End-to-End Walking Program. He also interviews Katrina Gillespie who is walking the trail with her two teenage sons and husband together, to set aside their digital devices and walk the Heysen Trail together as a shared experience.

Listen to the interview on SoundCloud.

Volunteers Sought for Trail Development

Trail Development team working at Cobbler Creek.

Trail Development team members working at Cobbler Creek.

Much of the Heysen Trail infrastructure is now 30 years old.

The Friends Trail Development Committee have plans for many upgrades to both the trail and walker facilities. These plans include –

  1. Trail remarking and track work – a 3 year project commenced this year.
  2. Camp site facilities – toilets, water tanks and benches are planned for more sites.
  3. Hut upgrades to include benches, seats, painting etc.
  4. New huts are being considered at White Park; Simmons Hill; Cuddlee Creek and a Freemans hut replacement.
  5. Rebuilding the Waitpinga Beach sand ladder.

You can help

We need help to get these projects moving, both in the field and at our Cobbler Creek shed.

  • Waitpinga Beach walkway: We need a team to urgently undertake work on the sand ladder. The existing structure is in a dilapidated condition.
  • Cobbler Creek shed, Salisbury East. Urgent work is required to produce items needed for the campsites and huts. We propose to initially open the shed once a month, on a Tuesday from 9 am to 3 pm, for this work.

We would love to hear from anyone with time available and an interest in the trail to HELP us.

Contact us to discuss how you can help.

The trail needs us, please help.