Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August 2018

Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby at Buckaringa Wildlife Sanctuary in the Flinders Ranges.

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily towards the end of August. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The planned closure is:

  • Friday evening 24 August to Monday morning 27 August 2018.

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

The sanctuary is located between Quorn and Hawker. You can find it on map 6, chapter 4, of the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook and on Sheet Map 7b – Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

AWC will place closure signs at all entry points to the sanctuary to warn walkers of the danger.

Installation of Trail Counters to Improve Data on Number of Walkers

Illustration of trackside placement

A disguised tracker unit

The Friends will be installing 3 TRAFx infrared trail counters along key sections of the Heysen Trail.

The devices count the number of trail uses giving us comprehensive data about trail use.

The TRAFx device is very compact with an unobtrusive design, which reduces risk of vandalism. They will be concealed to further prevent them being stolen or vandalised. It only uses standard AA alkaline batteries and has very long battery life.

Their placement location is yet to be decided, we’ll provide updates as we progress the planning and rollout.

In addition, there are similar trail counter in Warren Conservation Park, at the Watts Gully trailhead, which is monitored by the Walking Trails Support Group with data collated by Walking SA.

Heysen Trail closure near Calabrinda Creek campsite, Saturday June 30th.

Temporary trail closure near Calabrinda Creek

A section of the Heysen Trail near the Calabrinda Creek Campsite, will be closed to walkers for a few hours on Saturday June 30th 2018. Calabrinda Creek campsite is located between Buckaringa Gorge and Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

The purpose of the closure is to protect public safety during the running of the Auto One Port Augusta Rally of the Ranges. The rally will be run over many closed sections of road.

We have been advised by the rally organisers that walkers will not be able to access a section of the trail between 11am to 3 pm on June 30.

Location of the trail closure

The rally is a competitive event, so the exact route will not be released prior to the day. However we know that the section of the Heysen Trail that will be closed will be along Barnes Road and may include the Calabrinda Creek Campsite.

This section is found on:

  • Heysen Trail Northern Guide Maps 4.8 & 4.9 and
  • Heysen Trail Sheetmap 7C.

As a guide, the trail closure may extend from the western end of Barnes Road, Grid Reference 354 533, to Grid Reference 430 565, which is the point that the trail leaves Barnes Road and heads in a northerly direction.

Rally organisers have advised us that all gates and roads in the vicinity will be patrolled to alert the public and walkers..

Heysen Trail closure through the Buckaringa Sanctuary, Friday 15th June to Monday 18th 2018

The Buckaringa Sanctuary will be temporarily closed this weekend. As the Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary, we advise walkers to consider the closure if planning to walk in the area.

The planned closure is:

  • Friday evening 15 June  to Monday morning 18 June 2018.

The closure is because the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) will be undertaking feral animal control in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

The sanctuary is located between Quorn and Hawker. You can find it on map 6, chapter 4, of the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook and on Sheet Map 7b – Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

AWC will place closure signs at all entry points to the sanctuary to warn walkers of the danger.

Winter 2018

Issue 148

June 2018

Highlights include:

  • Reconciliation on the Kokoda Trail
  • Hiking with children
  • Within Moroccan walls

Re-Route to avoid closed Freemans Hut, and Re-Route near Mt Crawford Summit, April 2016 (updated May 2018)

View pdf map showing re-route

  1. Freemans Hut on the Heysen Trail near Mt Crawford has been closed due to a land sale, and the trail re-routed to continue north along the Wirra Wirra Peaks ridge line [update May 2018] east to follow Wirra Wirra Road to the north to meet Corryton Road.
  2. [update May 2018] The Heysen Trail climbs over the summit of Mt Crawford. There is now a river crossing on stepping stones near the base of the summit. When river water levels are high, use the route west over the road bridge.

Download gpx file for loading onto your GPS unit

View all re-routes for the Map 2: Kuitpo Forest to Tanunda (Sept 2014)

Re-Route to avoid closed Freemans Hut, and Re-Route near Mt Crawford Summit, April 2016 (updated May 2018)

View pdf map showing re-route

  1. Freemans Hut on the Heysen Trail near Mt Crawford has been closed due to a land sale, and the trail re-routed to continue north along the Wirra Wirra Peaks ridge line [update May 2018] east to follow Wirra Wirra Road to the north to meet Corryton Road.
  2. [update May 2018] The Heysen Trail climbs over the summit of Mt Crawford. There is now a river crossing on stepping stones near the base of the summit. When river water levels are high, use the route west over the road bridge.

Download gpx file for loading onto your GPS unit

View all re-routes for the 2014 Southern Guidebook, 6th Edition

Fire Danger prevents access to some sections of the Heysen Trail.

Walkers are asked to observe extension of the fire danger season.

Extended closure of the Heysen Trail between Cape Jervis & Tanunda until 15 May 2018.

The Country Fire Service (CFS) has extended the Fire Danger Season for the Mount Lofty Ranges. This is due to lower than average rainfalls combined with higher than average temperatures.

This means that access to most sections of the Heysen Trail south of Tanunda will not be open until May 15, 2018.

You are advised to defer walks in these areas until further notice.

You can find information about the extension of the fire danger season in the Mt Lofty Ranges District on the CFS website.

Mid North District Fire Ban Season to End on April 30

The CFS has confirmed that fire restrictions affecting the section of the trail north of Tanunda  and south of the Wirrabara Forest will end on April 30.

Limited access to the Heysen Trail south of Wirrabara

Some sections of the Heysen Trail in the fire districts south of Wirrabara (near Laura) may still be open to walkers prior to the cessation of the fire danger periods.

The sections that remain open are principally those not on private land. These include public roads, Conservation Parks and Reserves, Forests and vacant land.

Please note that Conservation Parks and Reserves and Forests are closed on days of Total Fire Ban. The CFS publishes these bans, as does the Bureau of Meteorology. In addition, the media also broadcast weather reports including fire ban information.

If you want to walk on the trail, check which Fire District you will be in. The Fire Districts are listed on the Fire Danger Season page of the Friends website.

We strongly advise you to respect the rights of landholders. Please restrict any activity which may increase the risk of fire in this period.

Flinders Fire Ban Season Ends

Fire restrictions in the Flinders District have been lifted, meaning the Heysen Trail is now open north of Wirrabara Forest .

This section includes Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Hawker, Wilpena Pound, the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park through to the northern end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge.

Details of the Fire Ban Districts can be found on the Google map.

Heysen Trail affected by closure of the Deep Creek Conservation Park – April 30 to May 4, 2018

The Heysen Trail through the Deep Creek Conservation Park will be closed from 6.00 am Monday 30 April to 12.00 am on Friday 4, 2018.

The purpose of the closure of the entire conservation park is to protect public safety during an Aerial feral animal control program.

Campsites and other walking trails in The Deep Creek Conservation Park will also be closed during this time.

The trail will be closed between Blowhole Creek and the eastern boundary of the Deep Creek Conservation Park, Tunkalilla (end of McGregor Rd track). Warning signs and trail closure signs will be placed at several locations along the trail and at the western and eastern approaches to the park.

If you have any enquiries, please call Victor Harbor  Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8552 0300. Further information can be found on the Parks SA Alerts page.

Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail before 31st May 2018.

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.

• Get retail discounts on maps and books at the Friends of the Heysen Trail office in Pirie St. or online.

Discounts at many well-known outdoor and camping shops around Adelaide.

Membership Fees

We have a range of membership options to suit individuals, families and groups:

Student                                               $10
Single                                                  $25
Family                                                 $40
Schools                                               $60
Organisations                                    $60

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.

It’s on again! The Hiking Expo, Belair National Park, Sunday April 15th.

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

Join in:

  • 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.

You can see the full list of guided walks on the Walking SA website

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 in the Montacute Conservation Park, April 2018

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 2018.

 

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.

Tickets

$30 for adults, $5 for children, $60 for families

Book online here.

Download the event flyer

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 End to End 13 are filling fast

 

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!

 

Autumn 2018

Issue 147

March 2018

Highlights include:

  • 2018 AGM
  • A Stroll in the Red Centre
  • Trail Tips
  • South of the Heysen
  • How to Use Walking Poles

31st AGM Friends of the Heysen Trail

 

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.

Agenda

1. Apologies

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

6.2 Treasurer

6.3 Secretary

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.

Motion 1
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’

Motion 2
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”.

Motion 3
That in paragraph 10 remove “his or”.

Motion 4
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.

Motion 5
That we change Paragraph 15(3) to
“books containing the minutes of proceedings” to “electronic folders designated for minutes of proceedings”

Motion 6
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.”

  1. 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.

Honorary Membership – know someone who has served the Friends well?

Jamie Shephard, Honorary Member.

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;

AND

  • 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 – May 2018.

Directions for the walk in the Lane Cove National Park

The Great North Walk

Bookings for the Friend’s extended walk for 2018 open on February 1st 2018.

The route map.

 Join us as we walk the iconic 250 km trail from Sydney to Newcastle.

The Great North Walk is a wonderful trail following many tracks through a magnificent array of natural and urban environments.

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.

 

Summer 2018

Issue 146

December 2017

Highlights include:

  • A KI Extension Part 2
  • Entrancing Jatbula
  • Twin Peaks of Ladakh
  • 55 day trek for charity
  • Trekking in Transylvania

Friends Office will close this Friday for Christmas.

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.

Merry Christmas!

The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.