Following successful trials in accepting online payment for the next End-to-End 3 event we are now accepting online registrations for all events. When you register, you will be prompted to pay for your walk, and any bus and meal fees via PayPal. Payment by credit card is accepted. For walks where there is a walk fee only, and no bus or meal, you can nominate to use your Multi-Walk Card or Golden Boots Card, in which case no payment will be required upfront, simply proceed with the registration and present your card to the walk leader on the day.
We are now accepting online registrations again for End-to-End 3. When you register, you will be prompted to pay your walk, bus and meal fees via PayPal. Payment by credit card is accepted. You can register for both days using the first day’s event page.
Next month this will be rolled out to all other walk registrations.
Online payment was not available between July 7-12, but this technical issue has been resolved.
On Sun 14 June Michelle completed the Heysen Trail – for the second time! (is this the first for a lady?) and husband Jerry completed his first End 2 End (the first of many?). The celebration (accompanied with the bagpipe) was at the end of 2 days of walking – Web Gap Road to Burra Gorge. Congratulations and well done Michelle and Jerry (well known for their leadership with the End 2 End 2 walkers). Despite predictions, the walks were free from rain – although we needed protection from the very strong, cold head-wind on Sat. One group pushed onto Huppatz Hut for a late lunch, and welcome shelter! Some road walking was enhanced with the wonderful vistas from the top of the ranges, and with stretches of mallee scrub. Some precision walking was required as the crops in some paddocks gave very little room along the fence line.
And watch out for the fallen fence posts! Bunny ears, butterflies, a bowling outfit, and beanies to bowler hats fitted the B for Burra theme, and Bogart and Bacall joined in with the noisy crowd which filled the Golf Clubrooms Sat. night (as well as that well-known Blond Bimbo Ben!). Another good weekend on the trail.
It was a full day for some walkers, and the organisers. The fast group walked through in good time and missed the steady rain, which caught the second group before they finished. The other two groups would have found the narrow, rocky track, and also the steep sections, extremely slippery in the persistent rain. We congratulate all for getting through safely as it must have been a very challenging day for many walkers. Unfortunately one group went on a steep detour and lost an hour, meaning they spent much longer with the rain, with the tail-enders, slowed by the slippery conditions, arriving back rather late in the day. While the focus had to be on the feet, I hope most were able to appreciate the good views across the deep gullies of Deep Creek, with the ocean stretching beyond. Deep Creek waterfall was flowing well and the creek crossing, with its wet slippery rocks slowed all down. The final climb, with its recently graded track looping uphill, was a great improvement on the previous 3 steep rocky climbs. Many thanks to all the leaders, organisers and esp. Bev and Ralene who again gave up their day to do the admin, early exit support, and handed out a welcoming Haighâs chocolate as the walkers arrived âhomeâ. That section had the most challenging walking we will encounter until we get way up north. Even in wet conditions the next few walks will be so much easier and enjoyable.
The Fire Danger Season ends on April 30 for the remaining Fire Ban Districts, reopening the Heysen Trail in full. The Trail north of Wirrabara had re-opened earlier on April 15.
A successful start to the End to End Four walks. 145 walkers safely hiked the 15km wet and slippery trail, and finished to a Haighâs chocolate frog treat – from our lovely lady assistants. The day was blowy, sunny with just a few isolated rain squalls to keep us cool. With dolphins, rainbows, a spaceship, wonderful cloud formations, plus a rugged coast, rolling hills, kangaroos aplenty and coastal scrub â such a variety of experiences we were treated to. Many thanks to all the volunteers for all the organising, and to the walkers who came to enjoy.
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Fire restrictions in the Flinders Fire Ban District have been lifted, meaning the Heysen Trail is now open from Wirrabara Forest (near Laura) to the northern end of the trail at Parachilna Gorge.
The fire restrictions affecting the remaining parts of the trail south of Wirrabara Forest will end on April 30.
Details of the Fire Ban Districts can be found on the Interactive Map.
No further bookings will be accepted for the first End-to-End 4 event of the year (Sunday April 26, Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill). The event capacity has now been reached.