The Friends of the Heysen Trail

The Friends of the Heysen Trail is a voluntary organisation established in 1986, whose members are involved in both the development and maintenance of walking trails; and the recreational and social aspects of South Australian walking trails.

The organisation works in conjunction with other voluntary organisations and Government Departments, and a primary function is to help maintain the Heysen Trail. The organisation is a member of WalkingSA, South Australia’s peak body representing bushwalkers.

Activities & Walks

The Friends of the Heysen Trail comprise families, walking groups, schools and individuals, working together to achieve the common objectives of the organisation.

A comprehensive walking programme with various grades of walks is organised, social gatherings are held, and members are kept up to date with activities by means of a quarterly magazine entitled Trailwalker.

Working groups carry out routine trail maintenance activities, as well as approved special projects such as installation of water tanks, and structures such as boardwalks.

Shop & Office

The Friends of the Heysen Trail maintain a shop and office at Suite 203, 2nd Floor Epworth Building, 33 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

Objectives

The objectives of the Friends of the Heysen Trail include:

  • to promote public awareness and usage of the Heysen Trail and other walking trails in South Australia
  • to assist and advise in the development and maintenance of walking trails in South Australia
  • to ensure the rights and interests of recreational walkers are preserved and that access to walking trails and other walking areas are protected
  • to promote awareness of environmental responsibilities on and adjacent to walking trails
  • to make representations and submissions to appropriate Government, semi-Government and non Government organisations on any matters concerning recreational walkers and walking trails