Walking SA 12 Month Celebration – Friday 29th August 2014

It’s 12 months since the ‘new’ Walking SA was established. Celebrate the achievements of the past year.

The evening will also be a special opportunity to:

  • Farewell and thank Brian Goodhind, Administrative Officer of Walking SA
  • Welcome Mel Paull, new Executive Officer
  • Briefly outline plans for future activities

6pm – 8pm
Friday 29th August 2014
Caledonian Hotel
219 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

Please RSVP, read more at walkingsa.org.au

Now available – shirts and jackets with your End to End group logo

Friends of Heysen Trail merchandiseShirts and jackets with your End-to-End group’s logo are now available.

Order online at www.sportscentre.com.au/products/buy-online/friends-of-the-heysen-trail

Logos for all the current End-to-End groups, or the Friends round logo, are available.

Your order can be posted to you, or you can pick it up.

If you already have a favourite shirt or jacket you can be supply that to our supplied and one of the logos can be embroidered onto it. The cost for this is around $12, somewhat dependent on the garment fabric.

Pick-up address:
Sports Centre
142 Port Road, Hindmarsh
08 8346 3411

To supply a garment drop it off to the Sports Centre and pin a note to the item with:

  • Friends of Heysen Trail
  • your name
  • your phone
  • email
  • logo required

Snowfall for End-to-End Minus 1 group

Snow on the summit of Mt Bryan, Saturday 28th June 2014

Snow on the summit of Mt Bryan, Saturday 28th June 2014, End-to-End Minus 1The End-to-End ‘Minus 1’ group experienced snow on the summit of Mt Bryan on Saturday.

pCheck out some of the photos at facebook.com/HeysenTrail (no login required).

At 936 metres Mt Bryan, north of Burra, is the highest peak in the Mt Lofty Ranges and occasionally sees a snow fall. The group is spending five days hiking the trail, starting on Saturday in Hallett, and ending two days south of Burra this Friday. Recent rainfall has flooded paddocks and roads, so their walks between Mt Bryan East and Burra have been postponed to another time. Meanwhile they are continuing their journey southwards.

The photos look more like Tasmania, rather than from where they are in the Mid North of South Australia. Keep warm guys!

Thanks for the photos Robert Alcock and Michael Middleton.

Interview between Friends Council and ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles

The Council of the Friends of the Heysen Trail was able to sit down and chat with ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles, who recently completed his 15-day run of the 1,200 km Heysen Trail.

In the interview he talks about his excellent experience with the Heysen Trail – the scenery, the way marking, the huts, the people. He goes on to describing himself as not a runner or superhuman, yet why he undertakes such runs, talking about headspace and motivation. He talks about food, shoes and why he camped on the trail.

Captions are available in the video.


Richard Bowles >> I’ve ran many trails around the world and if I’m honest this [the Heysen Trail] is the best marked, the best looked after, the huts are amazing, you guys have done a wonderful job. You should give yourselves a round of applause.

Video of Ultra-Marathon Runner Finishing the Heysen Trail

Further to yesterday’s email about ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowlescompleting his 15-day run of the Heysen Trail, you can view the Seven News TV video at https://au.news.yahoo.com/sa/video/watch/23626381/run-richard-run/.

Richard ran to promote the work of Red Dust Role Models.

“Health is a basic human right” says Richard. Red Dust state it is essential to the social development of Indigenous people in remote communities.

Health promotion strategies improve and transform lives and have a sustainable impact on social, economic and environmental conditions. Health promotion is a practical approach to achieving greater equality and closing the gap.

You can donate funds to the cause at


Ultra-marathon runner finishes Heysen Trail in 15 days – watch Seven News tonight

Ultra-marathon runner finishes Heysen Trail in 15 daysUltra-marathon runner Richard Bowles has completed his run of the Heysen Trail. Finishing this afternoon at Cape Jervis after 14 days, 8 hours and 32 minutes on the trail. He was welcomed by his crew and our President Robert Alcock, who was there with a nice cold beer on hand. Well earnt mate!

He was interviewed at Cape Jervis by Seven News, so you can catch the story on tonight’s news.

Walk Leaders Training Day

Leading-a-walk-with-the-Friends-of-the-Heysen-TrailWalk Leaders Training Day
Saturday June 21st 2014
9.30am to 2.00pm

Want to know more about leading walks? A no-obligation day, looking at the topic of leading walks. This is your chance to find out how the Friends organises walks.

Book online, no charge.

Lunch and drinks provided.

Woodville Lawn Bowls Club
Oval Ave, Woodville

Topics to be covered include:

  • The Heysen Trail and the Friends
  • Leadership
  • Leading a walk
  • Tail-ender role
  • Administrative tasks
  • Basic map reading and navigation
  • Equipment
  • Issues

For more information contact the office.

Runner to Complete the Heysen Trail in 14 Days

Richard Bowles to run the Heysen Trail, Dingo of the Heysen TrailStarting Sunday ultra-marathon runner Richard Bowles is running the entire 1,200km of the Heysen Trail in 14 days.

Follow The Dingo of the Heysen Trail progress on his Nixon Red Dust Run via:

Having arrived in Adelaide, he met up with president Robert Alcock this morning.

Richard Bowles is an Australian ultramarathon runner and adventurer based in Melbourne, Victoria. Richard has many world records running trails that cover the length of entire countries.

Major Re-Route of Heysen Trail around Bangor Bushfire

Bangor bushfire damage at Wirrabara nurseryA major re-route of the Heysen Trail is in place around Wirrabara Forest, the site of the January/February 2014 Bangor Bushfire.

The temporary 44km re-route replaces a 41km section of the Heysen Trail and affects the Northern Guidebook from Map 2.3 through to Map 2.8.

The re-route trail is marked, and takes the trail along roads through Laura. The re-route continues along the shared-use railtrail, and along backroads to rejoin the original trail alignment south of Murraytown.

Wirrabara Forest remains closed indefinitely to the public due to the risk of falling trees and to allow salvage harvest operations. Forest access is limited.

Beetaloo Tank Camp Site is still accessible. It has suffered some damage but is functional.



The Heysen Trail through Bundaleer Forest remains closed following the January 2013 Bundaleer Bushfire. A marked temporary re-route is in place.

Registrations Extended for End-to-End 9

Blowhole_Beach_walking_on_the_Heysen_TrailRegistrations have been extended for our new End-to-End walking group, starting the Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis on May 18.

We have put on an extra bus to allow for increased capacity.

End-to-End 9 is the ninth group to make this undertaking since 2001. The group will commence hiking the entire Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis, walking one Sunday a month during the walk season, progressing up the 1,200km Heysen Trail to Parachilna Gorge over a number of years. End-to-end walks are run as part of our walk programme, and are for those wishing to complete the entire Heysen Trail. As the schedule and trail logistics are done by the Friends organisation it is easy for walkers to participate, and many enjoy the social aspect of the group.

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