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.


6pm Wed 25th November

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

Deep Creek Family Fun Day – 20 September 2015

Deep Creek Family Fun Day - 20 September 2015Head to South Australia’s most scenic bushland reserve for a free family open day at Deep Creek Conservation Park.

  • Gourmet food and wine stalls
  • Enjoy kids’ face painting and games
  • Meet baby animals from the Native Animal Network
  • Meet animals including koalas from Urimbirra Wildlife Park
  • Learn about macro invertebrates with kids’ Water Watch activities

Drop in and say hi at our stall!

Lavender Federation Trail meets the Heysen Trail, extending to Clare

Lavender Federation Trail meets the Heysen Trail, extending to Clare

The Lavender Federation Trail has been successful in gaining grant funding to extend the trail from its current trailhead at Eudunda onwards to Clare.

The 106km extension will be constructed over the next 18 months and will bring the trail to a total 320km length. The extension also includes an 8km Point Pass Loop Trail and a 7km Robertstown Spur Trail.

The trail extension will intersect the Heysen Trail at Webb Gab. A special event is in the planning for April 2016 to celebrate the crossing of the two long-distance trails. The event will be run between us, the Friends of the Heysen Trail, and SARTI (South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated, the makers of the Lavender Federation Trail). The Lavender Federation Trail will also intersect with the Riesling Trail and Rattler Trails.

Kangaroo Island Long Weekend FoHT Trip, October

Rocky River beach

Come hike Kangaroo Island with a fun-filled bus of hikers, over the October long weekend. Three walks in different areas of the island show off the varied scenery, flora and fauna of this special island.

Three days of hiking:

  • Rocky River Hike, stage 1 of 63km Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. Following platypus pools on the Rocky River
  • Kelly Caves to Hanson Bay Hike, walking through coastal heath, woodlands, alongside freshwater lagoons, and over dunes to Hanson Bay
  • Murray Lagoon, see aquatic birdlife

Book via the website or office.

End-to-End 5 group to finish Heysen Trail in August

End-to-End 5 group to finish Heysen Trail in August

The End-to-End 5 group is about to embark on its final walks during the last week of August. Walking from the Leigh Creek Road near Old Wonoka to the Parachilna Trailhead will see many members of the Friends achieve their ambition to complete the Heysen trail on Saturday 29 August. The End-to-End 5 group began walking in 2010 and has had to contend with the after effects of bushfires on two occasions in the State’s mid north and the cancellation of walks last year as a result of unexpectedly high temperatures early in October. Being just ‘a stone throw’ away from finishing the Trail has seen the group’s numbers increase this year and a heightening of excitement as August nears.

Registration will open to all-comers next Monday 6 July for anyone who would like to join the End-to-End 5 group in the Flinders Ranges as it takes its final walks and celebrates with dinner on Saturday evening at the Woolshed Restaurant (Rawnsley Park).

The event cost is $340 for the week’s hiking, with an additional $48 for dinner on the Saturday evening. If you wish to participate in the whole week, you can register online or via our office. To participate in just the weekend, or just the dinner, please contact the office to register.

Problems with NAB Payment System

Payment processing affecting walk registrations involving payments, and online store payments

UPDATE: 9pm Thursday 4th June: login issues that commenced at 2pm today have now been resolved.

UPDATE: 3pm Thursday 4th June: There have been significant issues with our online payment system during May, until 2pm Thursday 4th June.

This was due to technical issues with the payment system provided by NAB. These issues affected 1,000s of Australian e-commerce websites.

Whilst we think these issues have now been resolved, we are monitoring the situation. We thank you for your patience when submitting payment processing details.

UPDATE 11:00am Wednesday 3rd June: payment processing is down. Please consider delaying making your registration until later this week, or contact our office to register for walks and make over-the-phone payment.

9:00am Tuesday 2nd June: We are experiencing significant difficulties with NAB payment processing. NAB has issued a public apology and is working hard to resolve their system failure.

Our e-commerce provider NAB has been experiencing ongoing issues. This has meant that customers have been experiencing difficulties submitting payments online. NAB recognises the impact this is having on customers and apologies for the inconvenience. NAB is working to resolve these ongoing issues as soon as possible.

View current status of NAB payment systems.

Warren Bonython Recognised with a New Walking Trail at Hiltaba Station

Warren Bonython has been recognised with a new Walking Trail named after him.

Robert Alcock and Andrew Robertson represented the Friends of the Heysen Trail at the opening ceremonies last Thursday and Friday at Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Gawler Ranges, 650km from Adelaide.

Warren Bonython Loop Walk

10km loop walk, 5 hours
Leaving from Hiltaba Homestead and traversing over Mt Hiltaba.

View trail map

Betty and Bob Lewis Loop Walk

2km loop walk, 1 hour
Leaving from Pretty Point

View trail map

Historic images of Morialta exhibition

2015 will be 100 years since Morialta was declared a National Pleasure Resort on 15 July 1915.

The Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc with support from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges are to deliver a number of public events in 2015 to celebrate the centenary of Morialta Conservation Park.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail have sponsored two images. All images are available through an online silent auction, open until November, and any proceeds we receive will go towards our work on the Heysen Trail.

Exhibition Schedule

Coventry Library, Stirling 3 – 13 March 2015
Cleland Wildlife Park 15 – 31 March 2015
The Summit Community Centre, Norton Summit 2 – 30 April 2015
Campbelltown Library 2 – 29 May 2015
Burnside Civic Centre Atrium 3 – 26 June 2015
Gumeracha Library 30 June – 30 July 2015
Tea Tree Gully Library 2 – 28 August 2015
The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex 1 – 16 September 2015
The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex 22 – 30 September 2015
Cleland Wildlife Park 2 – 31 October 2015
Historic image of Morialta Exhibition 2015

Heysen Trail article in SA Life magazine

Walking the Talk - SA Life magazine, February 2015

Check out the article in the latest SA Life magazine, Feb 2015. The story looks at walking the entire 1,200km with one of our End-to-End groups.

This year we have seven end-to-end groups walking the trail, all of which are open to new members:

Christmas Closure

Our office is closed over the Christmas period, from Dec 12th, to give our volunteers a well-earned break. We’ll reopen on Tuesday 20st January 2015.

Online Shop Sales

While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business. Over the break, shop orders will be despatched within 5 working days.

If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we will process and despatch any orders received by midday Saturday December 20th, on that day.

Register for Walks

You can also still register for walks online during the break.