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Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail …
Become a Member before 31st May and your name goes into the draw to win a 2-day guided walk on the Heysen Trail and overnight accommodation at Heysen’s Rest B&B.
Tell your friends and ‘get out on the Trail with the Friends‘.
Financial members of the Friends of the Heysen Trail
• Support the ongoing maintenance and greening of South Australia’s premier walking trail.
• Participate in an extensive 2018 walks programme.
• Receive our full-colour 32-page Trailwalker magazine delivered to your letterbox quarterly.
• Discounts at many well-known outdoor and camping shops around Adelaide.
We have a range of membership options to suit individuals, families and groups:
Become a Friend of the Heysen Trail. The easiest way is to join online. Simply go to the Friends of the Heysen website
What the lucky winner receives:
The names of all new financial members will go into the draw for a 2-day guided tour along the Heysen Trail with accommodation for two adults at Heysen Rest B&B, Myponga.
The accommodation includes complimentary beer and wine, and provisions for a cooked breakfast. The prize includes drop off at the end of your guided walk and pick up next morning from your accommodation.
The prize must be redeemed in the 12-month period following the closing date of the competition. Accommodation is limited to two adults, although the winners can bring family and guests on the guided walk.
Competition closes Thursday 31st May 2018. The winner will be drawn at random in the Friends of the Heysen Trail office in Pirie Street. The winner will be notified.
Opening of the 2018 Bushwalking Season
Come along to the Hiking Expo to celebrate the opening of the 2018 walk season. It is the big event organised by Walking SA, the Friends and other walking groups to kick off the new walking season
When: Sunday April 15, 2018 – 9.00am to 1.30pm.
Where: The Gums Oval, Belair National Park.
Free entry to Belair National Park
- Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers and walking clubs.
- Guided hikes ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly and Accessible options. Guided Walks will depart every 10 minutes from 9:30am to 1pm.
- You can secure a place on a specific guided walk by registering online or just arrive on the day and choose a guided walk to join.
- Old Government House will be especially opened on the day by the Friends of Old Government House. Several of the guided walks include the House. Entry is by gold coin donation, with guided tours of the house and servants quarters, and self guided tours of the garden.
Join with Friends in a ‘Walk to the Expo’
In addition to one of the many walks at Belair, you can also take a longer hike to the event. The Friends have organised two longer walks to the Gums Oval at Belair National Park.
These Trailstarter walks are listed on the Walks Programme on the Friends website. You can register for these walks now.
Cemetery (Barr St, Mitcham) to Gums Oval
The first walk leaves from the Cemetery at Mitcham. You will walk up through the foothills and quiet gullies of Randall Park and through the quiet back streets of Belair. From Belair train station, you will enter the National Park passing through majestic endangered ecosystem of grey box woodland.
This is a 5.5 km walk and will commence at 8.00am.
Register here for the Mitcham walk.
Reconciliation Park (Eden Hills) to Gums Oval
This walk starts from the memorial for the stolen generation at Colebrook Blackwood Reconciliation Park. You will wander through the Wittunga Botanic Garden, and then go past the cottage garden of the historic Gamble Cottage. The route includes some of the Sea-to-Summit trail and the Adelaide 100 concept trail.
This is a 6.3 km walk and will commence at 10.00am.
Register here for the Eden Hills walk
Temporary closure of the Heysen Trail
Montacute Conservation Park – April 8th to April 14th, 2018
Walkers are advised of the upcoming temporary closure of the Montacute Conservation Park.
The Department for Environment and Water (formerly the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, DEWNR) will be conducting a pest control program in the park and on adjoining private property.
Officers will be undertaking the operation between 6.00pm on Sunday April 8th and 6.00am on Saturday April 14th.
Walkers should note that the Conservation Park and adjoining private property will be closed during this period. As a result, there will be no public access to the sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within the park.
The Department will install signs giving advanced notice of the trail and park closures. There will also be signs informing the public when the park is closed during the operations.
You can obtain further information about the Park closure from Parks SA.
Walk for the Heysen
Sunday 29 April 2018
Bridgewater Oval, Mount Barker Road, Bridgewater
Walk on the Heysen Trail and BBQ picnic
Walk for the Heysen – experience local parks and native scrub and have fun while supporting the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation’s 2018 fundraising efforts. The foundation supports the improvement of facilities and the environment on the Heysen Trail & other walking trails.
- Four walk options from 5km to 17km.
- Walks depart from 9.00 am. Arrive in time to register before your walk.
- All walks depart from and arrive back to the Bridgewater Oval. Walks are designed to suit all ages and standards of walking fitness.
- Bring the family for a great day out in the Adelaide Hills.
After the walk grab a BBQ meal (included in registration fee) at the Bridgewater Oval, or bring your own picnic. The picnic area includes the football club rooms, toilets and parking.
In keeping with the tradition of the Warren Bonython Memorial Walk conducted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 2013, the theme for the day will be yellow.
A prize consisting of a Heysen Trail merchandise pack (value $100) is up for grabs to the best yellow sartorial costuming on the day.
$30 for adults, $5 for children, $60 for families
You may also choose to make a one-off donation to the Foundation through the Foundation’s web site: Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation
The Foundation is registered as an environmental charity and donations are tax deductible.
Bookings for the first End to End 13 walk on Sunday May 6th 2018, are filling fast. If you want to join the group, now is the time to register.
End to End 13 is the 13th Friend’s group to walk the Heysen Trail. The group will set off from the Cape Jervis trailhead heading towards Parachilna Gorge.
Their first destination is Cobbler Hill in the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The trail for this walk follows sandy coastal tracks and exposed coastal hillsides, providing spectacular views over Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island.
As with previous groups the level of interest has been strong. After opening on Monday morning, the first bus was full by Tuesday.
We are now taking names of walkers wanting to join a second, smaller bus. While we still need more names to warrant the additional bus, we expect that, as in previous years, demand will be sufficient.
So act now, as there are limited spaces available.
You can register on our website https://heysentrail.asn.au/walks/1707/cape-jervis-to-cobbler-hill/view/ or calling the office. Maybe chat with a friend about joining the group, but be quick!
will be held at 7.30pm on Friday, 23rd March 2018 at Thebarton Community Centre,
South Rd & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville SA 5031, Australia.
Nominations are sought from you, our members, for election to the Friends Council at the Annual General Meeting, for all positions including the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and half of the remaining members (our Constitution calls for not less than four and not more than ten non-office bearing members). Nomination forms available in Autumn Trailwalker and at the office.
Council meetings are currently held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm, in a room adjacent to the Friends office in Epworth House, 33 Pirie Street. Meetings usually conclude by 7.30pm.
In addition to Council, there is an opportunity for members to contribute to one of the various Committees: Walking, Trails Maintenance, Marketing and Membership (inc. Trailwalker), Office and Greening etc.
2. Acceptance of the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on 24th March 2017
3. President’s Report
4. Financial Report
5. Maintenance Report
6. Election of Officers
6.1 Vice President
6.4 Council Members
7. Appointment of Auditor
8. Election of Honorary Members
9. Other Business
9.1 Setting of annual subscriptions.
9.2 Any other business.
9.3 Amendment to the Constitution.
That in paragraphs 12(1), 14(5) x3, 15(1) x2, Appendix 6(4), 8(4), 8(5)x2 and 8(6) to replace ‘Chairman’ with ‘Chair’ and 8(6) ‘Chairman’s’ to ‘chairs’
That in paragraph 7(3) and 16(3) “him” to “them” and in paragraph 8(6), 11(3), 14(3), 14(5) and in the Appendix to Constitution paragraphs 6(3), 8(3) and 8(5) “his” to “their”.
That in paragraph 10 remove “his or”.
That we change paragraph 15(1) to
“Minutes of all proceedings of General Meetings and of the Council and its committees and sub-committees shall be filed in electronic folders designated for minutes of Council, general meetings and each committee accordingly and authorised as a correct record by the Chair of that meeting or by the Chair of the next succeeding meeting.”
NB this then negates the need to change Chairman to Chair as above.
That we change Paragraph 15(3) to
“books containing the minutes of proceedings” to “electronic folders designated for minutes of proceedings”
That in Appendix to Constitution Paragraph 9 change to
“Minutes of all proceedings of General Meetings and of the Council and its committees and sub-committees shall be filed in books or electronic folders designated for minutes of Council, general meetings and each committee accordingly and authorised as a correct record by the Chair of that meeting or by the Chair of the next succeeding meeting.”
- Close of Meeting.
Guest Speaker Sean Benz Senior Ranger, Visitor Services.
Sean joined the Department when the State Government’s $10.4 million investment in upgrading metropolitan national parks was announced. He has since been involved in those upgrades, including the new trails and camping areas at Onkaparinga Gorge National Park, the new playground at Morialta Conservation Park and the new trails at Anstey Hill Recreation Park and will talk of The Park of the Month initiative.
Do you know someone who warrants Honorary Membership of the Friends?
Have they made an outstanding contribution to the Friends or to the Heysen Trail?
Now is the time for you to make sure their efforts are recognised.
You can nominate them for Honorary Membership of the Friends of the Heysen Trail & Other Walking Trails Inc.
Please email your nominations to Julian Monfries, Chair, Honorary Membership sub-committee of the Council.
In your nomination please include the following information:
- The name of your nominee,
- The classification of the award you are nominating them for,
- A summary of their contribution to the Trail or the Friends and how they qualify for the award,
- Your name and contact information
The sub-committee will consider all submissions and then make recommendations to Council. Succesful candidates will be presented to the full membership at the next Annual General Meeting to be held on 23rd March 2018.
Please submit your nominations by the end of January, 2018.
Guidelines for Honorary Membership (Distinguished Service)
- normally at least 10 years of paid membership as an ordinary, Family or life member;
- at least 6 years of substantial voluntary contributions to the Association,
- Including especially one or more of:
- Membership of Council
- Chair of the various sub-committees
- Regular Walker Leadership roles
- Maintenance Section Leader or Volunteer
- Office Volunteer
Guidelines for Honorary Membership (Exceptional)
Substantial and sustained contribution to promotion, development and/or maintenance of the Heysen Trail, or the Association other than as a paid member or volunteer though, for example, public service support, media support etc.
The Great North Walk
Bookings for the Friend’s extended walk for 2018 open on February 1st 2018.
Created in 1988, as an Australian Bicentennial project, the Great North Walk is rich in the history of New South Wales. Follow the links for more information about the walk.
The Friends will be exploring this long-distance Trail over 17 days in May 2018.
You can find out more about this walk from Peter Solomon using the email link given in the walk description on the Friends walk calendar.
To secure accommodation, bookings need to be made early. Make sure you don’t miss out on this great walk.
The Friends will close our Office for the Christmas period at 2.30 pm this Friday, December 15th 2017. Our volunteers have earned a good break, so we will reopen at 10.30 am on Monday 5th February 2018.
If you need to contact the Office (by email or telephone) over that period, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen. So we recommended that you refer to our website for any information you may need over the office closure.
Online Shop Sales over Christmas
While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business.
However, as many of our volunteers will be on holidays, it may take longer than normal to service orders. We will endeavour to despatch shop orders within 5 business days.
If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we undertake to despatch any orders received by midday on Tuesday December 19th, on that day.
The Heysen Trail is closed over the Fire Danger Season
Remember that the Heysen Trail is now closed for the Fire Danger Season. You can get more information about the trail closure here.
Register for Twilight walks
Although the office and the Heysen Trail are closed, don’t forget our Wednesday evening Twilight Walks. You can register for walks using our online Walks Calendar.
The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.
The Friend’s End of Year BBQ, Band & Bash is on again at the Karka Pavillion, Belair National Park. It all happens on Sunday 3 December, 12.00 – 4.30pm
Raunchy Sugar are returning as ‘The Band’, so this year don’t miss out. Get your End to End group or walking friends organised and be there.
Come along to Rock and Roll or maybe just relax amongst the lush green surroundings of Karka.
The Friends will provide: Befores, BBQ meat and artisan bread.
BYO – wine, beer or soft drink, Bring a Salad or Dessert to share.
Don’t forget a chair or rug, glass, plates & cutlery.
Book early! $20 per person. No refunds!
Book at: heysentrail.asn.au/invite or via the ofﬁce.
To assist with catering, bookings close on Friday December 1.
Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests.
We will have Friend’s 2018 Calendars at the Bash for sale. If you’ve already ordered a copy for collection, you will be able to pick it there.
Remember the venue: Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park. Upper Sturt Road, Belair
Hurry, order your copy of the Friends 2018 Calendar now.
The Friends 2018 Calendar pre-publication discounted price offer ends soon.
The presses are nearly ready to roll on the production of the 2018 Calendar.
Submit your order before midday on this coming Friday, November 3 and catch the pre-publication discount price of $15/copy.
After then limited numbers will be available at $18 each. Expected delivery date is late November 2017.
The Friends 2018 Calendar showcases our member’s photographs of South Australia’s long distance adventure hike. The 1,200km Heysen Trail extends from Cape Jervis at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges.
The calendar is an A4 wall calendar, which opens up to A3 size.
Purchase it on line or contact the Friends Office.
Purchase online via our online store, or to place a ‘pick-up’ order direct via the office (phone 08 8212 6299, Mon-Fri 10.30am – 2.30pm).
For on-line store orders, postage to anywhere in Australia is $4.50/single copy.
Arrange to pick up your copy at the Office or the Friends End of Year Bash.
We plan to have copies available to pick up at the End of Year Bash, BBQ and Band at Belair National Park on Sunday December 3.
If you want to join us at the Bash, you can book at: heysentrail.asn.au/invite or via the ofﬁce.
The Heysen Trail has returned to the normal route in the area of the Jupiter Creek Gold Diggings near Echunga.
In April 2017 access to the site was closed following an assessment of damage caused by storms last year. This resulted in a considerable amount of erosion and subsidence around the old mine shafts. In the interest of public safety the Government temporarily closed the Gold Diggings.
During the closure, access to the main carpark and the walking trail entry from the main road were fenced off. The Heysen Trail was rerouted to follow roads around the Jupiter Creek mine site.
The trail reverts to the original route but the underground tunnel is permanently closed
The fences have now been removed and our maintenance volunteers will finish remarking the original trail within the next few days.
However a main attraction at the site, the New Phoenix Adit underground tunnel has been deemed unsafe and is permanently closed to public access. After a geotechnical inspection of the stability of the tunnel and shaft, it was closed in the best interest of public safety.
Keep up to date with the latest Heysen Trail reroutes
From time to time the trail route can be changed wither temporarily or permanently. You can keep abreast of changes by referring to the Trail re-route page on our website.
As the walking season comes to a close, with the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving our Twilight Walks begin next week. There is a 1.5-2 hour walk on Wednesday nights until March.
The full programme is listed on our walk calendar but here are the details for the first four walks:
- Wed 1st Nov 6pm: Walkerville Linear Park. Check out the Torrens River linear park by walking into to the Zoo and return – time and length will be weather dependent. (maximum 2 hours) Optional dinner at the Sussex Hotel after.
- Wed 8th Nov 6pm: West Lakes. A 6kms walk around the southern lake at West Lakes followed by dinner nearby.
- Wed 15th Nov 6pm: Chambers Gully. A loop walk with a steady but not steep climb with views of Adelaide, Koalas and our native bushland.
- Wed 22nd Nov 6pm: Marino (not Merino). Yes there are merino sheep at Marino! We may even see them as we explore what Marino has to offer: secret gullies, cliff top paths, artworks, parks, lighthouse, amazing rocky beach and stunning city and sea views.
Golden Boots passes now accepted for Twilight walks.
Walk fees are $5.00 ($1.00 for walkers under 18 years of age). Remember that Golden Boots passes are now accepted for Twilight walks.
If you don’t have a Golden Boots pass, you can purchase one when you register for the walk. Just click on the Golden Boots pass payment option.
Further details of our walks and walker registration can be found on our website at www.heysentrail.asn.au/walks/
Did you know the Friends of the Heysen Trail operates a Maintenance Shed at the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park?
Wondering what goes on behind the scenes of the Trail Development and Maintenance program?
Did you know we have a working partnership with the Work for the Dole scheme to produce toilets and platforms?
Come along to the Friend’s Shed Open Day
- Find out more about the infrastructure and maintenance program.
- Socialise with like-minded members, free BBQ and drinks on offer.
Details and how to register…
When Saturday November 25 2017, 11.00am to 2.00pm.
|Where||‘The Shed’, Cobbler Creek Conservation Park, east of the intersection of Smith and Bridge Rds, Salisbury East.|
All you need to bring is a chair and hat. BBQ and drinks will be supplied
We have work ready to do now:
By Christmas we will have 3 new toilets and 15 camping platforms ready to install at a range of locations along the trail.
- Are you interested in helping with the installation project? You don’t need to be highly skilled, although some lifting work may be involved.
- Would you like to be notified of future maintenance events ( i.e. weekday or weekend trail trips, our End to End Maintenance weekends and shed work days)? We have a range of work to be done including ‘lighter’ jobs such as pruning along the trail and painting huts.
Do you have home handy person/building skills?
Our Hut Maintenance Co-ordinator needs more assistance.
If you are a skilled home handyperson or tradesperson and are willing to participate in one or two maintenance trips per year with a small group, please put your name on the list below. Typical work includes carpentry, painting, roofing, plumbing, glazing and plastering.
If you can help in any of these areas, please let us know.
You can leave your name to enter your availability preferences and interests/skills and we will add you to our Maintenance Volunteers mailing list.
This is your chance to ‘give a bit back to the trail’.
Early declaration of the of the Fire Danger season for the Mid North results in the closure of the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda from 1 November 2017
Walkers need to be be aware that the Fire Danger Season is nearly upon us. As a result, there are restrictions and the early closure of the Heysen Trail in some locations. A prescribed burn off at Little Mt Crawford today also restict walker access.
Early declaration of the the Fire Danger Season in the Mid North.
The Country Fire Service has announced the early declaration of the Fire Danger Season in the Mid North. For 2017 the date has been brought forward by 2 weeks and the season now commences on 1 November.
Further information on the Fire Danger Season Dates can be found on the CFS website. At this stage the dates have not yet been declared for the Mount Lofty Ranges region.
The Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed from 1 November 2017
The commencement of the Fire Danger Season signals the closure of the Heysen Trail in a region for the year. This is a one of the conditions of the access agreements negotiated with the owners of private property along the trail.
November 1 is also the declared date for the commencement of the Fire Danger Season for the Flinders region
As a result, the Heysen Trail north of Tanunda will be closed from November 1 2017.
There are some sections of the Heysen Trail that remain open to walkers during the Fire Danger Season – these are mainly where the trail traverses National and Conservation Parks and Forestry Reserves.
You can find a list of those sections here
However the trail also closes in these sections on days in which a Total Fire Ban has been declared.
Prescribed burn at Little Mt Crawford on October 24 will close the trail in that area for a week.
Forestry SA has announced a prescribed burn will be held today, October 24 2017, at Little Mt Crawford (in the Mount Lofty fire district).
Please note that the normal route of the Heysen Trail in the Little Mount Crawford/Fromm’s Farm area will be closed until further notice (possibly 1 week hence).
Forestry SA have installed signs in the area to divert walkers along Mount Road.
For any further information please contact the Forestry SA Ranger on duty during this time on telephone (08) 8521 1700.
Parts of the Heysen Trail and other tracks in the Cleland Conservation Park will be temporarily closed in the next couple of weeks. The Department of Environment Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) will be conducting a prescribed burn in the area.
The timing of the prescribed burn and temporary closure will depend on suitable weather conditions. DEWNR have advised it may happen as early as today, Tuesday 10th October 2017. The burn off should happen before Monday 30th October.
The temporary closure area
The prescribed burn area includes several tracks that form part of the Heysen Trail, namely the Lodge Track and the Wine Shanty Track (eastwards through to the intersection with Nilee Track).
To ensure the safety of walkers, DEWNR are proposing to close these tracks to the public on the day of the burn and the following day.
DEWNR will redirect walkers walking in a northerly direction to use the Gurra Track out to Mt Lofty Summit Rd. Walkers will then take the Yerang Track to rejoin with Wine Shanty Track (and vice versa in the southerly direction).
The day after the burn walkers will be able to use the Nilee Track to rejoin the Wine Shanty Track.
DEWNR will endeavour to erect signs in the vicinity to re-direct walkers.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2018 calendar is currently being compiled and will soon be available.
Win a free calendar!
Submit some of your photos for the 2018 Calendar for a chance to win a free copy.
Photos need to be landscape shaped and meet minimum technical specifications. Generally a 7 mega pixel camera will suffice if on the highest image quality setting.
There is a maximum of four photos per person. If your photo is selected for inclusion in the calendar, you will receive a complimentary copy.
Closing date for contributions is this Sunday, October 15 2017.
Email your photos to email@example.com
Email size can be up to 25MB ( however your email provider may not allow emails of that size).
Order your copy now
You can now order copies of the Friends of the Heysen Trail 2018 calendar for the pre-publication price of $15.00
Get one for your wall at home or work or buy some as gifts for family and friends. We expect to have copies available for delivery by the end of November.
Order from our On-line shop for delivery by post.
By ordering the calendar from our On-line shop you can request postage to an address in Australia or overseas. Postage charges to any address within Australia (for a single copy) will be an additional $4.50.
Pick your copy from our Office or at the End of Year Bash.
You can also order the calendar from the Office. Contact us either by phone or email.
If you can get into the office you can take delivery yourself. Alternatively, we expect to have the calendar available for pick up at our End of Year Bash at Belair National Park on Sunday December 3.
However, if you can’t pick up the calendar, the Office volunteers can also arrange to post it to you.
A number of tracks within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, will remain closed each night over the next 12 months. The current feral animal control program has been extended, so walkers are advised to exercise caution in the area.
The purpose of the extended closures is to ensure the safety of the public during a feral cat control program to be conducted after dark. The aim is to protect the populations of recently reintroduced Western Quolls and Brushtail Possums.
The evening closures will continue through to Sunday, 30 September 2018.
As daylight hours vary over the period of the control program, there are a range of closure times. They are:
- Saturday, 30 September to Thursday, 30 November 2017 8.30pm to 5.00am
- Thursday, 30 November 2017 to Wednesday 31 January 2018 9.00pm to 5.00am
- Wednesday 31 January 2018 to Wednesday, 28 February 2018 8.30pm to 5.00am
- Wednesday, 28 February 2018 to Monday, 30 April 2018 8.00pm to 5.00am
- Monday, 30 April 2018 to Tuesday, 31 July 2018 6.00pm to 5.00am
- Tuesday, 31 July 2018 to Sunday, 30 September 2018 6.30pm to 5.00am
Tracks and walking trails will remain open outside of these times.
The Heysen Trail will remain open at all times, however walkers must:
- remain in designated campgrounds and huts, or
- camp within 20 metres of the Heysen Trail within the park after dark.
If you are camping in the park, you may see spotlights and occasionally hear firearms in the distance at night. The Rangers have advised that the control program will not take place in the vicinity of campgrounds or huts.
The tracks that will be closed at night include –
- Trezona Track
- Mount Sunderland Track
- Rifle Range Track
- Old Blinman Track
- Jones Camp Track
- Telegraph Track
- St Mary Peak outside trail
- Cooinda Track
- Pound Gap Track
You can get further information on the feral animal control program and the nightly trail closures from the Natural Resources, SA Arid Lands website or by phoning the office on (08) 8648 5344 or 0428 116 035.