Paid help is needed! Will you be in the Flinders Ranges on May 6 & 7?

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
    Aroona Ruins
  • 12.30pm Saturday to midnight
    Trezona Campground
  • 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.

End to End 12 walk bookings filling fast!

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.

You can register on our website http://heysentrail.asn.au/walks/1601/event/view/ or calling the office. Maybe chat with a friend about joining the group, but be quick!

 

 

 

 

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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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.

Walk for the Heysen, inaugural fundraising event, 22nd May 2016 Mt Crawford Forest

2016 Walk for the Heysen

2016 Walk for the Heysen

Sunday 22 May 2016 from 9.30 am
Fromm’s Farm, Mount Road, Mount Crawford

Please join us for the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation’s inaugural fundraising event.

Proceeds of the Foundation’s fund raising activities are currently used to support greening activities along the Heysen Trail and the restoration of fire damaged sections of the Trail.

There will be three loop walk options of:

  • 5 km
  • 8 km
  • 15 km

All walks depart from and arrive back to the Fromm’s Farm camp-site. Walks are designed to suit all ages and standards of walking fitness.

In keeping with the tradition of the Walk for Warren established by us, the theme for the day will be yellow and a prize consisting of a Heysen Trail merchandise pack to the value of $100 will offered for the best sartorial contribution on the day.

After the walk grab a sausage off the BBQ at the Fromm’s Farm camp-site. Or bring your picnic while enjoying some cool blues with “Deuces Wild”. Fromm’s Farm offers a Large shelter shed and a Picnic area with space to relax.

The cost of registration is $30 for adults, $5 for children and $50 for families.

You may also choose to make a one-off donation to the Foundation through the Foundation’s cause page.

Please note that the Foundation’s application to be registered as an environmental charity is still pending and donations at this point in time are unfortunately not tax deductible.

Download brochure:

Walk for Heysen brochure

Walk the Yorke Official Opening 13 December 2015

The Friends of the Heysen Trail were represented at the successful opening to the Walk the Yorke at Port Vincent on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Around 70 walkers checked out four kilometres of the trail from Port Vincent wharf north to the Golf Club. At the Golf Club a large range of stalls and activities were crowded with locals and visitors before the opening by Rowan Ramsay MP at 12pm. There were many ARPA and Friends of the Heysen Trail members attending the walk.

Maps of the trail, including detailed section maps, are on the Visit Yorke Peninsula website.

The planning and construction was driven by the Yorke Peninsula Council Operations Manager, Stephen (Goldy) Goldsworthy. It was Goldy’s concept, and his passion and dedication that has delivered the project. Major funding came from an Australian Government Regional Development grant ($1.3m), plus the Yorke Peninsula Council ($1.3m) and the Government of South Australia ($900,000).

Almost 500km of trail, linking tracks and roads has been marked, trailhead signs are at all towns, plus walker crossing signs on the main roads. Shared Use signs indicate when walkers, bikes and cars are on the same road/track. Signs indicate where bikes and walkers separate. Bench seats installed and shelters with tanks constructed at strategic locations for multi-day treks. The section out of Port Wakefield towards Port Clinton follows the old trail formation. The walking trails vary from many kilometres of well formed gravel paths, to more challenging natural trail and beach walking along the south sections. For bushwalkers there seems to be a lot of road walking for an end to end trek, although the ARPA walkers have completed the full length over the past 3 years. Plenty of sections along the coast for short and day walks, with views of the ocean, along beaches and through coastal bush.

Goldy sees the Walk the Yorke as a work-in-progress, with the Council committed to maintenance, and local interest groups helping to keep the trail maintained. The plan is for upgrades and rerouting to improve the experience, to be done over time.

Checking out Other Sections – Port Clinton to Port Vincent

On Saturday as we checked out sections of the Walk the Yorke from Pt Clinton to Port Vincent.

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Checking out Other Sections – South from Port Vincent

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Seats made from recycled plastic, example at Port Julia. There are 40 of these seats that Stephen designed, and are installed along the walk. A lot of the posts and infrastructure utilises recycled plastic. Steel flexible posts, in yellow, are used as standard marker posts. Brown recycled plastic posts are also used for marker posts.

This Sunday 8th November – Morialta Centenary Picnic. 2 x Walks. Bid on Historic Images Auction

Morialta Centenary Picnic Sunday 8th November. 2 x Walks. Bid on Historic Images AuctionJoin in the community events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Morialta Conservation Park.

Free walks for the public to check out the Morialta Conservation Park.

  • 8:00am – 10:45am Friends of Heysen Trail guided walk into the higher areas of the park and back.
  • 9:00am – 10:45am Friends of Heysen Trail guided walk up around the top of First Falls, Second Falls and back.
  • Both walks are due back for the official program starting at 11am. 20 person limit to each walk.

11:00am Welcome to Country by Kaurna Elder Lewis O’Brien.

View all the day’s activities, including free face painting, slacklining, Bugs N Slugs, Violets, Ranger Talk.

Supported by us, the Friends of the Heysen Trail, Friends of Black Hill & Morialta and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty.

Wednesday evening Twilight Walks begin this week

With the warmer weather and daylight savings, our Wednesday evening walks have started.

Check out some of the upcoming walks below, or download the full program.

Walks commence at 6pm, and are 1.5 to 2 hours in duration. Cost is $5 per walk, MultiWalk cards accepted. Often an optional dinner afterwards.

Register online or via the office.

Taverna Brompton

6pm Wed 4th November

An urban experience in Bowden – Brompton, a heritage tour, an excuse to sharpen the appetites. There are lots of interesting things happening in this hidden corner of Adelaide.

Anstey Hill – Tea Tree Gully

6pm Wed 11th November

A good walk up and down the hills face above Tea Tree Gully. Views across the suburbs. Historic ruins of Newmans Nursery (horseradish fame). Local scrub and quarries. Good walking with a couple of rough rocky sections – an eroded track. Optional after walk dinner at Thai restaurant.

German Club Walk

6pm Wed 18th November

Eastern parklands walk before and after dinner, from Dulwich to Flinders Street, Adelaide, stopping at the German Club for dinner. Trio of sausages, Roast Pork hock, Kassler Steak, Jägerbraten with red cabbage, Beef Roulade, Hearty German fare on the menu, under $20 main meal, excellent German beer.

Marino

6pm Wed 25th November

Enjoy panoramic coastal views along the sheer rugged cliff faces of the Marino boardwalk.