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Quorn – Dutchmans Stern – Eyre Depot

Sat 25 to Sun 26 Sep 2021

Walk name/location
Quorn – Dutchmans Stern – Eyre Depot
Walk grade
End-to-End 11

Please note that these walks are being undertaken out of the normal order with the walk to Eyre Depot being done on Saturday and Sunday’s being done in the reverse direction

This weekend will be based in Quorn

NOTE If you wish to walk on only one day, please contact the FOHT office (once bookings have opened) to register for that day’s walk. The online registrationsystem will only allow you to register for both days

Any walker with Respiratory symptoms or fever should exclude themselves from any activity until they have received a negative COVID result, irrespective of Vaccine Status. If there is no testing avsilable(eg Country areas) then they should consult the nearest Medical Professional available(directly or by phone). If no consult is available they should exclude themselves form activity until 3 days after symptoms have settled.

Please ENSURE that you use HAND SANITIZER prior to Boarding and wear a FACE MASK throughout each Bus Trip over the weekend.

BIOSECURITY MEASURES–Please Ensure you Thoroughly Clean your footwear, clothing, walking poles and other equipment before and after each walk over the weekend to remove all seeds, dirt and other debris. Removed seeds should be bagged and disposed in a RED garbage bin.


A deceptively tough walk with a bit of everything-undulating firetracks with spectacular views, rocky gorge sections, crisscrossing of the creek, one testing little climb out of the gorge and a 5 klms traverse of the gibber strewn floodplain to Eyre Depot plus a final 1.5 km gibber littered walk out to the Bus.

For this walk the Bus will drop us off at the start of the walk and also pick us up at the end for the one and half drive back into Quorn.


Starting at Dutchmans Stern with a detour off the Heysen Trail we will firstly do the 6 km Dutchman Stern loop- it will provide a memorable highlight of the walk – the view is breathtaking.

The remainder of the walk will gradually climb through farmlands, along firetracks and native woodland back towards Quorn

As this walk we will done in reverse we will park our cars at McConville Rd (near Quorn) the start of the section from where the bus will pick us up and take us to Dutchmans Stern from where we will walk back to our cars.


Dinner on Saturday night will be at Emily’s Bistro in Quorn.

The theme for the dinner will be your favourite sporting attire – it will be the AFL Grand Final evening.

Saturday 25 September 2021
Sunday 26 September 2021
Walk Leaders
Dom Henschke
Marlene Henschke
Andrew McDonald
John Babister
Heather Thompson
Christopher Gower
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Meeting Location

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Event Fees
Event fee
AUD $20.00
(under 18 years of age AUD $2.00)
Golden Boots cards
AUD $60.00
Meal details

Dinner on Saturday night will be at Emily’s Bistro commencing at 6.45 pm.
Cost will be $25, drinks and desert at your own expense.

Please indicate dietary requirements in the comments box.


Walk Specifics (Saturday)
Start time
7.30 am
End time
3.30 - 4.00pm
Walking from
Dutchmans Stern
Walking to
Eyre Depot
19 kms plus extra distance of 1.5 kms.
Risks (Saturday)
Rocky ground across the gibber plain on Saturday. There is no easy access to the support vehicle.
Please check where you are putting your feet.
Possibility of encountering snakes.
Please bring gaiters and strong soled boots.
Carry at least 2 litres of water.
Bring morning tea snack and lunch.
Saturday is a tough walk - Trailwalker experience required.


Walk Specifics (Sunday)
Start time
End time
2.00 - 2.30pm
Walking from
Dutchmans Stern
Walking to
10 kms plus extra distance of 6 kms
Risks (Sunday)
Sections of long grass.
Creek crossing (after heavy rain).
Possibility of encountering snakes.
Please bring gaiters and strong soled boots.
Carry at least 2 litres of water.
Bring morning tea snack and lunch.

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. The Dutchman Hut
  2. The Old Homestead & Shearer’s Quarters
  3. Eyre Depot
  4. Quandong Apartments
  5. Quorn Brewers Cottages
  6. Austral Inn Hotel
  7. Transcontinental Hotel
  8. Endilloe Lodge Bed & Breakfast
  9. Wilderness Cabin, Horseshoe Range
  10. Elizabeth House Backpackers and Hostel
  11. Savings Bank of South Australia – Old Quorn Branch
  12. Wilkatana Station

Further Afield

Beyond this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Mt Arden South ‘walk-in’ site
  2. Quorn
  3. Warren Gorge
  4. Argadells
  5. McKinley’s Rest
  6. Great Northern Lodge