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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Heysen Trail closure dates over the Fire Danger Season

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The Country Fire Service has today confirmed the dates for the Fire Danger Season. There are no changes from the normal dates for the Fire Ban Districts affecting the Heysen Trail.

The Heysen Trail is closed across summer during the Fire Danger Season. It will reopen at the end of April when the Fire Danger Season ends in the three Fire Ban Districts the Trail passes through.

Some sections of the Heysen Trail remain open year round, including National Parks, Conservation Parks, Forests and Reserves – although they are closed on days of Total Fire Ban – and public roads.

The closure dates are:

  • Flinders Ranges (north of Wirrabara) – 1 November 2012
  • Mid North (north of Tanunda and south of Wirrabara) – 15 November 2012
  • Mount Lofty Ranges (south of Tanunda to Cape Jervis) – 1 December 2012

Further information on our website: how the Fire Danger Season affects the Heysen Trail.

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We’re on Pinterest!

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We’re on Pinterest! Find us at pinterest.com/heysentrail

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.

Don’t know what Pinterest is? Pinterest is a photo sharing website, it lets you organize and share all the cool things you find on the web. More info on what Pinterest is can be found at http://blog.beminteractive.com/2012/02/pinterest-explained-3-pinning-tips.html

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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 www.everydayhero.com.au/friends_heysen_trail. Email the team leader, Robert Alcock (rra320@yahoo.com.au), for further information about how to join the team. You can also support them by donating to the cause via https://secure3.everydayhero.com.au/friends_heysen_trail/donate.

More information about the Walk for Nature can be found at www.naturefoundation.org.au/help-nature/walk-for-nature/

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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 http://bit.ly/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 http://bit.ly/western-torrens Along the River Torrens linear path. Optional dinner afterwards at the Lockleys Hotel.
  • Wed 24th Oct 6pm: Chambers Gully http://bit.ly/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 http://bit.ly/tennyson-dunes 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 www.heysentrail.asn.au/walks/

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New water tanks and camp sites completed

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The three 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 three new camp sites are in the Mid-North between Marschalls Hut and Burra.

Details of the three new camp sites are as follows:

1. Smith Hill Camp Site (view info page)

A campsite located west of the town of Marabel, Southern Guidebook chapter 5, map 6, view map.

2. Webb Gap Camp Site (view info page)

A campsite located between Smith Hill Campsite and Huppatz Hut, Southern Guidebook, chapter 5, map 7, view map.

3. Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site (view info page)

A campsite located between Huppatz Hut and Burra, Southern Guidebook, chapter 5, map 11, view map.

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

  • Maschalls Hut to Marabel – 8.6km
  • Marabel to Smith Hill Camp Site – 17.3km
  • Smith Hill Camp Site to Webb Gap Camp Site – 13.3km
  • Webb Gap Camp Site to Huppatz Hut – 16.2km
  • Huppatz Hut to Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site – 21.3km
  • Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site to Burra – 23.0km

Thanks to Bronte Leak from the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Colin Edwards, John Potter, Albert Schmidke, Peter Wynen, Trevor Lee 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 first four shelters and water tanks were constructed late last year. The remaining four shelters and water tanks have been fabricated and will be erected soon.

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Three new campsites with water tanks under construction

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Work has continued on our project of eleven new water tanks and shelters along the Heysen Trail. Further to the four shelters and water tanks constructed late last year, three new campsites are being established in the Mid-North between Marschalls Hut and Burra.

The frames for the three shelters were erected this week, and will be completed in coming weeks. The shelters feature a water tank and bench. Each campsite also features a large square bench/table.

Details of the three new campsites are as follows:

1. Smith Hill Camp Site

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A campsite located west of the town of Marabel, Southern Guidebook chapter 5, map 6.

2. Webb Gap Camp Site

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A campsite located between Smith Hill Campsite and Huppatz Hut, Southern Guidebook, chapter 5, map 7.

3. Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site

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A campsite located between Huppatz Hut and Burra, Southern Guidebook, chapter 5, map 11.

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

  • Maschalls Hut to Marabel – 8.6km
  • Marabel to Smith Hill Camp Site – 17.3km
  • Smith Hill Camp Site to Webb Gap Camp Site – 13.3km
  • Webb Gap Camp Site to Huppatz Hut – 16.2km
  • Huppatz Hut to Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site – 21.3km
  • Worlds End Hike-in Camp Site to Burra – 23.0km

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

The remaining four shelters and water tanks have been fabricated and will soon be erected.

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Survey of forest use in Mt Crawford, Kuitpo and Second Valley forests

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Forestry SA is conducting a survey about the forests of the Mt Lofty Ranges, namely Mt Crawford, Kuitpo and Second Valley forests.

The online survey is to help ForestrySA understand the awareness, desires and perceptions of the public with regard to recreational opportunities in the forests. The survey is open to everyone regardless of their level of knowledge of forest recreational areas.

Fill in the survey now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7R7MSF2. It features 26 questions about your forestry use, and should take between 7 and 20 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous.

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