Working Bee at the Southern Trailhead

There is a working bee near the southern trailhead of the Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis. Run by the Cape Jervis Coastal Community Group, volunteers are needed to assist on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd December.

Saturday 1st December

10am – 12.30pm: removing tree guards near Lands End (tree guards to be re-used by the Friends of the Heysen Trail)

12.30pm – 2pm: BBQ lunch provided

2pm – 4pm: woody weed lopping and seed collecting

Sunday 2nd December

10am – 12noon: seed sowing

Please contact Carolyn or Liz for more information and directions.

Walking SA survey

As you may be aware, Walking SA is undergoing a review of governance and operations.

Please assist them with the process by taking the time to fill in this 10 min survey.

PKF Organisation Development has been engaged to undertake this process. Your responses will be sent directly to PKF in order to ensure that all answers remain confidential. Only key themes will be reported, therefore please ensure that you are as honest in your responses as possible. The information collected will be an integral part of the consulting process and they encourage you to be open in your comments and suggestions.

You may forward this email to friends.

The survey will close at 5pm Wednesday 28th of November.

If you have any questions in relation to the survey please contact Hayley Lokan or Scott Way from PKF Organisation Development on or 08 7421 1400. If you would like to make a more detailed submission regarding the questions in this survey, once again please contact PKF on the details provided above.

New Southern Guidebook, older guidebooks no longer supported

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The re-print of the Southern Guidebook has been released. Stocks of the 2010 edition ran out mid this year.

The new guidebook has the same cover as the 2010 edition, but includes re-routes from the previous two years like the new spur trail into Victor Harbor. A few recent re-routes have not been included, these re-routes can be viewed on our website.

With the release of this edition, support for three older guidebooks has been suspended. Re-route notifications for the original 2004 Southern Guidebook, 2005 Northern Guidebook and 2007 Southern Guidebook will no longer be posted on the website.

End-to-End 4 complete the year with drama, work, and long dry grass

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The End-to-End 4 group’s final weekend away for the season was in the ‘land of the long dry grass’. Starting in the cool pines of Bundaleer Forest, they were hiking the grassy hills above Georgetown when Trish Bowie slipped and hit the ground. A dislocated and fractured shoulder immobilised her. With access to the rocky ridge very limited, it took two and a half hours and a convoy of emergency and other attending vehicles before Trish was in the ambulance and off to Port Pirie Hospital.

She is back at home recovering, and wishes to thank all those involved, especially Julie, Di, Noeleen and Cathy. A serious incident was well managed by our team of leaders and walkers. We thank those involved, and all the walkers for being patient.

The extra kilometres in to Georgetown were completed on Saturday, allowing for a shorter walk on the warmer Sunday. After an early start, the Sunday walk was interrupted at Hiskeys Hut, when the existing tree guards were swapped for taller ones to better protect the recently planted trees. The reward was an early day, with the walk completed before midday. It was 30 degrees with a strong breeze. At 11am an ancient pepper tree provided shade for the Remembrance Day silence.

Next year the group tackles the Flinders Ranges.

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End-to-End 5 finishing its walk season on a high note

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The End-to-End 5 group finished its walking season on a high note, being the first Friends group to hike past the new tank and campsite at Smith Hill, elevation 616m, on the Tothill Ranges.

The tank was recently installed by the Friends and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), however it is yet to receive its first rain.

The group had two days of fine weather, with increasing temperatures, culminating in 37 degree heat on Sunday.

A full report on their adventures can be found at their blog

Last Sunday’s Walk for Nature

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Last Sunday’s Walk for Nature with Nature Foundation SA went well – a sunny day with $32,000 raised towards conservation projects.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail led two groups, Mary Cartland lead the 12km walk, and president Robert Alcock led a smaller group, including a number of families with pushers, on the 3km walk.

The Friends were proud to be involved in supporting the Nature Foundation who have been involved in many conservation projects in South Australia, some of which the Heysen Trail traverses.

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A further two new water tanks and camp sites completed

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A further two new shelters with water tanks and camp sites on the Heysen Trail have been completed, and are waiting for rain to fill the tanks. The two new camp sites are in the Mid-North near Spalding.

Details of the three new camp sites are as follows:

1. Whistling Trig Tank (view info page)

A windy campsite located on a trig point between Hallett and Spalding, Southern Guidebook chapter 6, map 9, view map.

2. Bundaleer Tank Campsite (view info page)

A campsite located beside Bundaleer Creek, between Spalding and Curnows Hut, Northern Guidebook, chapter 1, map 2, view map.

These two campsites will assist through-hikers on the Heysen Trail by closing some of the trail’s water gaps. The distances between campsites and water sources is now:

  • Hallett to Whistling Trig – 22.5km
  • Whistling Trig to Spalding – 26km
  • Spalding to Bundaleer Tank Campsite – 18.8km
  • Bundaleer Tank Campsite to Curnows Hut & Campground – 13.5km

Check out the timelapse video of the construction work on the Bundaleer Tank on our Facebook page.

Thanks to Bronte Leak from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Colin Edwards, John Potter, Albert Schmidke, Bob Randell and Julian Monfries for their work in the construction effort.

These water tanks are part of an programme of 11 new shelters and water tanks being constructed along the Heysen Trail. The last three shelters and water tanks were constructed in September, following on from the first four shelters and water tanks late last year. The remaining two shelters and water tanks have been fabricated and will be erected soon.

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We’re on Pinterest!

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We’re on Pinterest! Find us at

We’re sharing hikers’ photos of the Heysen Trail. We’ve been sharing some pretty cool photos of scenic views, wildlife, flora, sunsets, artistic shots, ruins and campsites.

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Walk for Nature is in two weeks, join now!

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The Walk for Nature is coming up on Sunday 21st October. Join the Friends of the Heysen Trail team to walk the 12km return route, or register as an individual or new team to walk either the 3, 6 or 12km return walk along the Heysen Trail from Bridgewater Oval to Woodhouse Activity Centre. Help Nature Foundation SA to raise money to conserve, restore, and sustainably manage South Australia’s wildlife and environment.

More information about the Friends of the Heysen Trail team can be found at Email the team leader, Robert Alcock (, for further information about how to join the team. You can also support them by donating to the cause via

More information about the Walk for Nature can be found at

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Twilight Walks begin this week

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As the walking season comes to a close, and with the warmer evenings and daylight saving our Twilight Walks begin this week. There is a 1.5-2 hour walk every Wednesday night until April. The full programme will be available soon, in the meantime here are the details for the first four walks:

  • Wed 10th Oct 6pm: West Parklands Visiting Adelaide’s historic western fringe, out to North Adelaide over the Torrens and return. Optional Chinese dinner afterwards at Hawkers Corner, West Terrace.
  • Wed 17th Oct 6pm: Western Torrens Linear Park Along the River Torrens linear path. Optional dinner afterwards at the Lockleys Hotel.
  • Wed 24th Oct 6pm: Chambers Gully Lovely natural bushland close to Adelaide, steady but not steep climb with great views of Adelaide. Many Koalas and kangaroos. Optional Indian dinner afterwards.
  • Wed 31st Oct 6pm: Burnside Ramble @ Tennyson West Lakes lakefront and Tennyson Dunes – Burnside is too easy! Optional dinner afterwards at the Lakes Hotel.

Further details of our walks and walker registration can be found on our website at

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