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End to End 18 Balquhidder to Waitpinga (Walk 4)

Sun 25 Aug 2024

Walk name/location
End to End 18 Balquhidder to Waitpinga (Walk 4)
Walk grade
End-to-End 18
Description

After passing Balquhidder Station, named by the wool brokering firm Harold and James McGregor after a village in Scotland which was the birthplace of famous outlaw Rob Roy McGregor, we make our way down to the coast while taking in the views offered by the Southern Ocean.

As you come down to the beach be prepared to take your shoes off to cross the creek as it can be knee deep at times.

The walk takes us along both Parsons and Waitpinga Beaches and finishes at Waitpinga Campground in the Newland Head Conservation Park.

This is a spectacular walk and make sure you keep an eye out for dolphins and whales along this section of coast.

Walk Difficulty – The Heysen Trail walks are demanding and suitable for experienced walkers who have walked regularly in various terrain consisting of long-distance trails with some steep inclines/declines, irregular surface with loose uneven, slippery base. They have a walking time of about 5 to 7 hours and will require a good degree of physical fitness.

BIOSECURITY MEASURES – Please ensure you thoroughly clean your footwear, clothing, walking poles and other equipment before and after each walk to remove all seeds, dirt and other debris. Removed seeds should be bagged and disposed in a ‘to landfill’ garbage bin.

Date
Sunday 25 August 2024
Walk Leaders
Paul Delaine
Rin Green
Patrick Betham
Lyn Nottage
Melanie Sjoberg
Daniel Jardine
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Walk section along Heysen Trail shown in red:
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Mapsheet
1B
Guidebook maps
Southern Guidebook, chapter 1 map 4,
chapter 1 map 5.

Meeting Location

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Details
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Event Fees
Event fee
AUD $12.00
(under 18 years of age AUD $5.00)
Golden Boots cards
Accepted
Bus
AUD $25.00

Walk Specifics
Start time
0800
End time
1500 to 1600
Walking from
Balquhidder
Walking to
Waitpinga
Distance
15km
Risks
Hazards
Some tricky, steep sections climbing into and out of gullies. The trail can be very slippery where wet or shaded. Poor track condition along Aaron Creek.
Requirements
Wear appropriate hiking clothing, hiking footwear, hat, sunscreen, rain jacket etc as you need per forecast weather conditions.
Carry at least 2 litres of water, hand sanitiser, a personal first aid kit including:- band-aids, blister packs, analgesics, anti-inflammatories and electrolytes, your regular medications and anything else you think you might need.
Bring food and snacks for morning tea and lunch.
Experience
Trail Walker

Nearby Campsites and Accommodation Options

This list is generic and is derived from the Walk Selector for this walk section. Your walk leader may be suggesting a different or specific town or accommodation option to be based at.

In This Section

On or within 2km of this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Waitpinga camp site
  2. Newland Hill ‘bench’
  3. Kurri Ngawanthi / Creek ‘walk in’ site
  4. Natunyuru Ngawanthi / Sand Dunes ‘walk-in’ camp site

Near This Section

More than 2km off of the Heysen Trail section.

  1. Victor Harbor