Article in The Weekend Australian

An article appeared in last week’s Weekend Australian (2/8/08) about Hans Heysen and the Heysen Trail.

VISITORS to Adelaide this approaching spring have a unique treat in store: the Art Gallery of South Australia is mounting an exhibition of the work of a favourite son, Wilhelm Ernst Hans Franz Heysen.

HONOURING the contribution to the way Hans Heysen opened our eyes and hearts to the Australian landscape is the Heysen Trail, one of the world’s great walking experiences. Not that Heysen actually walked it as the trail didn’t exist as an entity in his time. From its starting point 100km south of Adelaide at Cape Jervis, it passes through Heysen’s favourite, and most often painted, regions in the Adelaide Hills and up to his beloved Flinders Ranges.

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Anaconda – Mile End Sat 9th August

The friends will have a display and stall at the Mile End carpark on Saturday, outside the Anaconda shop. Its their birthday, so we were invited, along with few other groups, to promote ourselves. If youâre passing pls drop in to say hello to David, Peter, Manuela, Dawn, Mary or Wendy. If not â drive over to say hello, and check out the specials.

End to End TWO

This Sunday the second of our Friends groups walking the 1,200 km length of the Heysen Trail, will set out to walk the final 6 days to Parachilna Gorge. The group of around 40 will include a dozen members who will complete their trek on Saturday 16th August. The Celebratory Dinner that night at Rawnsley Park will be a happy one for the new End to Enders, after many years of walking and training â until it became an obsession to complete the Heysen Trail. We wish them safe walking, until theyâre over that final stile.

2nd FoHT Kokoda Report

I had a call from John Potter this afternoon. The group are all safe and well in Port Moresby. Arrived this afternoon as scheduled – after a 4.30am rise this morning.

His comments –
• A much drier track than for the previous group.
• Found it tough yet a great experience. Enjoyed it greatly.
• Kevin Liddiard said it was toughest thing he’s ever done.
• Were 6 "girls" and 8 "boys" in the group.
• Leader was a younger lady whom John took a shine too. (at least it sounded that way)
• Good socialising with card playing at night.
• Had v little rain – no coats needed while walking.
• John took 300 photos.

And of course – Simon played bagpipes on a number of occasions.

Flinders 3D Documentary

A 3D documentary is currently screening at IRIS Cinema (located in the Mercury Cinema) featuring the Flinders Ranges – Arkaroola, Wilpena and the Pinnacles near Quorn.

All advertised sessions have sold out, however there are a few extra sessions available on Tuesday 8 July, and demand pending a session on Wednesday 9 July.

Tim Baier is personally presenting his 3D production "Standing in Amazement"

Ignite your imagination as the silver screen transforms into a breathtaking window looking across the extraordinary landscapes of the Flinders Ranges.

Almost touch the beautiful crystals from Mt Gee, be amazed by the extraordinary flora and fauna, and be in awe of the cataclysmic events that shaped our Earth.

IRIS Cinema, 13 Morphett St Adelaide
$15 / $12 concession
Seating is limited to 35, advance purchase call 08 8410 0979 between 9:30-5:00 Mon-Fri. All advertised sessions have sold out, phone for details and availability of additional sessions.

Pioneer Women’s Trail on ABC891

This morning on the ABC891 breakfast show, John Kenneally and Tony McCarthy discussed the Pioneer Women’s Trail with Anni Luur Fox, from the Hahndorf branch of the National Trust. The Friends will be hiking the trail this Sunday, 29 June.

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Re-route map now available

Further to this news item reproduced below, titled "Upgrade of 4km of trail through Deep Creek", which originally appeared on Tues 8th April, the map of this re-route between Tapanappa and Boat Harbor Beach is now available on the re-routes page. It affects Map 1.3 of both the new and old Southern Guidebooks.

Trail Upgrade Opens
By Lisa Bachmayer

Walkers will this weekend be able to plant their footprints on the upgraded four-kilometre stretch of the Heysen Trail in Deep Creek Conservation Park.

Open this Saturday, the $90,000 upgrade aims to make the badly eroded section of the trail more environmentally sustainable and provide a more spectacular trek for walkers.

The trail previously hugged the coastline and led its walkers up steep hills, causing significant erosion.

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The Victor Harbor Times
08 April 2008

The Trailblazer Challenge

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The Advertiser Colliers International Trailblazer Challenge is a brilliant community team event that pushes participants to their limits in 18km, 34km, 50km or 100km events. Become part of the fun and join in on Adelaideâs premium adventure event. Staged along the Torrens Linear Park trail, Yurrebilla and Heysen Trails, it is a fully supported event, providing participants with basic food & hydration supplies at checkpoints.

Funds raised support Operation Flinders – a world-leading adventure wilderness program for young offenders and young people at risk – and Rotary Club. This yearâs event will take place on 18th and 19th October, 2008. Visit the Trailblazer Challenge website –

Art on the Heysen Trail

ABC screened a segment on the Sunday Arts programme (ABC1 15/06/08) about an art exhibition focusing on the Heysen Trail.

An eclectic group of established and talented artists will be heading into the wilderness of South Australia to re-trace the Heysen Trail.

14min video. Part 1 of 2:

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