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Mt Zion to The Bluff Lookout (Wirrabara Forest Nursery) & Bowman Park to Mt Zion

Sat 1 to Sun 2 Jun 2024

Walk name/location
Mt Zion to The Bluff Lookout (Wirrabara Forest Nursery) & Bowman Park to Mt Zion
Walk grade
End-to-End 14
Description

Saturday Walk 39: Mt Zion to The Bluff Lookout – 22kms

For most of this section the trail follows gravel roads and a rollercoaster firetrack through natural bushland towards the TV tower at The Bluff where walkers are rewarded with spectacular views of the gulf and beyond.

Sunday Walk 38: Bowman Park to Mt Zion – 20kms

Following the closure of the trail along the Crystal Brook, north of Bowman Park, this section now commences with a road walk continuing along Bowman Park Road past Bowman Park, turning north east along Huddleston Road. The Trail then turns north up Head Road, continuing until Pipeline Road, which it then follows until reaching Head Road and following that to the Wilkins Highway and Hughes Gap. After Hughes Gap the Trail meets the southern most hills of the Flinders Ranges and the Trail gradually climbs to the top of the range to reveal views over Port Pirie and Spencer Gulf.

Optional Saturday Night Dinner 6:30pm at the North Laura Hotel refer to meal details below

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.

Start
Saturday 1 June 2024
End
Sunday 2 June 2024
Walk Leaders
Mark Fletcher
Margaret Fletcher
Cathy Bowditch
Karin Agostino
Michael Agostino
Chris Allen
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Walk section along Heysen Trail shown in red:
The rest of the Heysen Trail shown in blue:
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Mapsheet
5B
Guidebook maps
Northern Guidebook, chapter 2 map 1,
chapter 2 map 2,
chapter 2 map 3.

Meeting Location

Meeting location details will be provided after you have registered for this event.

Details
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Event Fees
Event fee
AUD $24.00
(under 18 years of age AUD $10.00)
Golden Boots cards
Accepted
Bus
AUD $50.00
Meal details

North Laura Hotel

25 Mill St Laura 5480

Saturday Night 6:30pm

Meal Details – typical pub menu  I will email to those going on the Monday prior.

No need to decide on the meal as it is choose & pay on the night for meals & drinks but please RSVP “Yes” for the meal if you are coming so we can give an idea of numbers to the pub and if you have a non-walking partner or friend attending, please let us know in the “Include a Note”

E2E14 Social Committee Theme  A music theme for our next Saturday Night Dinner “Laura Rocks”
Come dressed as your favourite musician and get ready for a music quiz. Let’s sing E2E14!

Saturday

Walk Specifics (Saturday)
Start time
8:00am Bus Departure please arrive 20mins prior for check-in and boarding
End time
4:00pm approx.
Walking from
Mt Zion
Walking to
The Bluff
Distance
22kms
Risks (Saturday)
Hazards
Some of the descents along the fire track have loose gravel and can be slippery.
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
Trailwalker

Sunday

Walk Specifics (Sunday)
Start time
8:00am Bus Departure please arrive 20mins prior for check-in and boarding
End time
3:00pm approx.
Walking from
Bowman Park
Walking to
Mt Zion
Distance
20kms
Risks (Sunday)
Hazards
Road walking between Bowman Park & Hughes Gap.

Main Road crossing at Hughes Gap. Take care walking along Collaby Hill Road as it is a popular Tourist/4WD route. Road walking

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
Trailwalker

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. Go-Cart Track Shelter
  2. Beetaloo ‘walk-in’ site (Southern Boundary Track)

Near This Section

More than 2km off of the Heysen Trail section.

  1. Wirrabara
  2. Ippinitchie Campground
  3. Taralee Orchards
  4. North Laura Hotel

Further Afield

Beyond this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Georgetown
  2. Hiskeys Hut
  3. Crystal Brook
  4. Bowman Hut & ‘walk-in’ site
  5. Crystal Brook Caravan Park
  6. Georgetown Hotel