Ten new camping platforms

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In recent weeks multi-purpose camping platforms have been constructed at four campsites, with six more to be built.

This program of constructing ten platforms has been permitted with funding from donations by the End-to-End 3 group, who completed the Heysen Trail in 2011.

Volunteers have installed these four multi-purpose camp platforms at:

In the near future, platforms will be built at Smith Hill Campsite and Black Jack Shelter.

View an album of photos on Facebook.

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End-to-End 5 Plants 600 Trees

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Last weekend Russell O’Brien’s End-to-End 5 group hiked the Heysen Trail north of Worlds End, near Burra. A relatively long road walk, along the way the walkers helped the Greening Committee plant nearly 600 trees along the trail. The weather was kind, so the planters did not get wet yet planting conditions were ideal.

The Greening Committee is moving on to its next planting at Spalding from Thursday 13th June to Sunday 16th June. We’re looking for volunteers to assist, please get in touch with Neil at neil@noztours.com.au or on 0447 922 617.

Cape Jervis events – tour environmental projects, or plant some trees

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1. ‘Walk and Talk’ day – Saturday 25 May

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some outstanding environmental projects at Cape Jervis on this ‘Walk and Talk’ day.

Meet the Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group, COOTS group in action, Hooded Plover Recovery and Marine Debris Survey volunteers and others experts on this coast.

Visit the Natural Resources website for more information.

2. Tree planting – Saturday 1 June, Sunday 2 June

Join the tree planting efforts at the start of the Heysen Trail.

For more details view the tree planting invite or contact carolyn.schultz165@gmail.com.

Help wanted planting 600 trees

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The Greening Committee is looking for volunteers to help plant 600 trees along the Heysen Trail between Worlds End and Burra. We have scheduled the planting for Saturday 1st June, Sunday 2nd June and Monday 3rd June.

We are proceeding in cooperation with the End-to-End 5 group who will be walking from Worlds End to Burra and on to Wandallah over the weekend. If you wish, you can mix some walking with some tree planting.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Neil via neil@noztours.com.au or on 0447 922 617.

Two environmental programs in the coming month

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There are two environmental programs in the coming month.

Firstly, the Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group is having a working bee on Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April, removing tree guards from Lands End, which will be repurposed elsewhere along the Heysen Trail, collecting plant material and a cuttings workshop. Further information is available on the CJCCG’s website.

Secondly, there is a Cactus Kill week near Palmer, organised by the SA Murray Darling Basin NRM Board. From Monday 29 April to Friday 3 May, accommodation is available, and day-trippers are welcome. Further information.

Public Consultation of 104km Adelaide Hills trail

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The Adelaide Hills Council is seeking public feedback concerning their Draft 20 Year Trail Strategy. The vision is of a 104km core trail, with additional loops, linking Hills townships and existing trails within the council area.

The strategy builds on popular trails such as the Amy Gillett, Mawson and Heysen Trails to create greater connectivity between townships and to link popular attractions, cellar doors and market villages.

More information is available here:

The consultation process ends on 15 February, 2013.

Working Bee at the Southern Trailhead

There is a working bee near the southern trailhead of the Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis. Run by the Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group, volunteers are needed to assist on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd December.

Saturday 1st December

10am – 12.30pm: removing tree guards near Lands End (tree guards to be re-used by the Friends of the Heysen Trail)

12.30pm – 2pm: BBQ lunch provided

2pm – 4pm: woody weed lopping and seed collecting

Sunday 2nd December

10am – 12noon: seed sowing

Please contact Carolyn or Liz for more information and directions.

A further two new water tanks and camp sites completed

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A further two new shelters with water tanks and camp sites on the Heysen Trail have been completed, and are waiting for rain to fill the tanks. The two new camp sites are in the Mid-North near Spalding.

Details of the three new camp sites are as follows:

1. Whistling Trig Tank (view info page)

A windy campsite located on a trig point between Hallett and Spalding, Southern Guidebook chapter 6, map 9, view map.

2. Bundaleer Tank Campsite (view info page)

A campsite located beside Bundaleer Creek, between Spalding and Curnows Hut, Northern Guidebook, chapter 1, map 2, view map.

These two campsites will assist through-hikers on the Heysen Trail by closing some of the trail’s water gaps. The distances between campsites and water sources is now:

  • Hallett to Whistling Trig – 22.5km
  • Whistling Trig to Spalding – 26km
  • Spalding to Bundaleer Tank Campsite – 18.8km
  • Bundaleer Tank Campsite to Curnows Hut & Campground – 13.5km

Check out the timelapse video of the construction work on the Bundaleer Tank on our Facebook page.

Thanks to Bronte Leak from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Colin Edwards, John Potter, Albert Schmidke, Bob Randell and Julian Monfries for their work in the construction effort.

These water tanks are part of an programme of 11 new shelters and water tanks being constructed along the Heysen Trail. The last three shelters and water tanks were constructed in September, following on from the first four shelters and water tanks late last year. The remaining two shelters and water tanks have been fabricated and will be erected soon.

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New water tanks and camp sites completed

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The three new shelters with water tanks and camp sites on the Heysen Trail have been completed, and are waiting for rain to fill the tanks. The three new camp sites are in the Mid-North between Marschalls Hut and Burra.

Details of the three new camp sites are as follows:

1. Smith Hill Camp Site (view info page)

A campsite located west of the town of Marabel, Southern Guidebook chapter 5, map 6, view map.

2. Webb Gap Camp Site (view info page)

A campsite located between Smith Hill Campsite and Huppatz Hut, Southern Guidebook, chapter 5, map 7, view map.

3. Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site (view info page)

A campsite located between Huppatz Hut and Burra, Southern Guidebook, chapter 5, map 11, view map.

These three campsites will assist through-hikers on the Heysen Trail by closing one of the trail’s water gaps. The distances between campsites and water sources is now:

  • Maschalls Hut to Marabel – 8.6km
  • Marabel to Smith Hill Camp Site – 17.3km
  • Smith Hill Camp Site to Webb Gap Camp Site – 13.3km
  • Webb Gap Camp Site to Huppatz Hut – 16.2km
  • Huppatz Hut to Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site – 21.3km
  • Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site to Burra – 23.0km

Thanks to Bronte Leak from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Colin Edwards, John Potter, Albert Schmidke, Peter Wynen, Trevor Lee and Julian Monfries for their work in the construction effort.

These water tanks are part of an programme of 11 new shelters and water tanks being constructed along the Heysen Trail. The first four shelters and water tanks were constructed late last year. The remaining four shelters and water tanks have been fabricated and will be erected soon.

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