Kokoda 2009

The Friends will once again be offering the Kokoda Trekking experience in 2009.

Join Julian for one of the world’s great treks along the Kokoda Trail.

Call the Office to and leave your name if interested.

Kokoda Trek – Friends #1

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The first group of the Friends have now completed the Kokoda Track though not without some casualties.

Fourteen started, however only twelve completed the track, two being lost to broken ankles.

The Track is NOT for the faint-hearted or unfit-it’s hard work-yet the rewards are enormous.

The scenery is fabulous, the people along the track warm, friendly and welcoming, the history tear rending and the MUD sticky and slippery-as the two casualties will testify.

More in the Trailwalker-out soon

Kokoda Trek – Friends #1

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Nearly a year’s training has come to fruition with the first group of the Friends about to head off to trek the Kokoda Track.

Developing fitness and a reliable method of dehydrating food has been high on the list of priorities along with reduction weight, both of the body corporate and the back packs.

Monday 12th May is the start date, stepping off the plane at Kokoda will be the start of a great experience for us and we hope the start of a number of great O/S adventures for the Friends.

Fire Danger Season set to end on April 30

The Fire Danger Seasons for three of the four Fire Ban Districts affecting the Heysen Trail are set to end on April 30 – meaning as of this date the entire trail will be open to hikers.

Early indications are that the Fire Danger Season will end as scheduled and not be extended beyond April 30. Refer to this press release from the CFS. However hikers should wait until confirmation is received from the CFS that the Fire Danger Season will end on April 30 before making definite plans.

The Fire Danger Season in the Flinders ended on April 15, effectively re-opening the trail north of Wirrabara Forest.

Re-routes notifications updated

Thanks to a recent audit of the published re-routes, the re-routes page has been updated to include some minor re-routes that had previously been omitted.

Details have also been published about two recent re-routes in Mt Crawford and one near Marrabel. Details of the recent re-route near Deep Creek as mentioned in the news article on 8 April will be available soon.

View re-routes page.

Heysen Trail re-opens in the Flinders Fire Ban District

The Fire Danger Season ends today in the Flinders Fire Ban District, allowing the re-opening of the Heysen Trail north of Wirrabara Forest (Northern Guide Map 2.6) to the end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge (cfs info).

The Fire Ban Season is scheduled to finish in the remaining three Fire Ban Districts affecting the Heysen Trail on April 30, although this date has yet to be confirmed by the CFS (www.cfs.org.au).

Upgrade of 4km of trail through Deep Creek

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.

Read full article:

The Victor Harbor Times
08 April 2008

Map details of the re-route will be available soon.

Opening of the Walk Season 6th April 2008

Click on image to view larger imageWhat a magnificent day for walking. The Friends’ had 2 groups walking and arrived at Stirling, outside the new library, in time for the 1pm opening. Other groups also walked in and many walkers and the public were present, so there was a good crowd for the official part of the day. Many groups had informative displays, including The Friends Of The Heysen Trail. Thanks to Jack Marcelis and David Rattray for dedicating their time to manning our stall. Many of our Friends’ visited during the day and there was a lot of “catching up” amongst walkers. The sun shone on those walking after lunch, reminding us that while daylight saving may have finished, we are not far from the summer heat.
At last – we can now get on with our 2008 Walk Program.
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Annual General Meeting 2008

A good crowd of members and potential members attended the Friends AGM, at the Woodville Bowling Club on 28th March 2008.

• They heard President Simon Cameron out-line the years activities and achievements and the plans for 2008.
• Two new council members were welcomed, however he lamented the fact that there were now no female members of council and that the Vice-President’s position was vacant.
• Simon thanked the volunteers for their efforts over the past year.
• John Wilson, treasurer, outlined the Friends excellent financial position.
• Gavin Campbell Maintenance Cordinator, gave a run down on the maintenance over the last year with current developments and future plans.

At the conclusion of the meeting the members were entertained by Tim Noonan, 891 ABC radio presenter, talking on his trek along the Kokoda Trail last year.