The Lavender Federation Trail has been successful in gaining grant funding to extend the trail from its current trailhead at Eudunda onwards to Clare.
The 106km extension will be constructed over the next 18 months and will bring the trail to a total 320km length. The extension also includes an 8km Point Pass Loop Trail and a 7km Robertstown Spur Trail.
The trail extension will intersect the Heysen Trail at Webb Gab. A special event is in the planning for April 2016 to celebrate the crossing of the two long-distance trails. The event will be run between us, the Friends of the Heysen Trail, and SARTI (South Australian Recreation Trails Incorporated, the makers of the Lavender Federation Trail). The Lavender Federation Trail will also intersect with the Riesling Trail and Rattler Trails.
The Bushwalk Australia eMagazine October’s edition will focus on South Australia. They are seeking input on the best walks in South Australia.
Submit your favourite Heysen Trail walks! Browse through our Walk Selector for some inspiration.
Submit the survey below and enter your 6 favourite walks:
- 3 x favourite day walks
- 3 x favourite multi-day walks
For each walk:
- name the walk/trail
- short description of why you think it is good
- a link to webpage somewhere with more info
If you are a day-walker only, or overnight-walker only, you could skip entering info on the other category.
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months.
The cull program is somewhat opportunistic depending on numbers of goats present and availability of shooters so we cannot provide a set of dates when access to the sanctuary may be closed.
The next planned closures are:
- Friday 21 August to Monday 24 August 2015 Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August 2015, and
- Friday 25 September to Sunday 27 September 2015
The Heysen Trail passes through the sancuary between Quorn and Hawker, on map 6, chapter 4, of the Northern Guidebook.
Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the Sanctuary during all times of closure.
We remind hikers to obey these signs, and also to not camp within the sanctuary (a campsite that was located there was closed in 2006).
The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.
The full series of Heysen Trail map sheets have been released and are available for purchase.
These new fold-out map sheets replace the Southern and Northern Guidebooks.
Each map is available for purchase now via our online store, for $15 with postage from $2.15.
The maps are double sided and printed on water resistant paper. The maps include elevation profiles with kilometre markers and crossing point names. The new map style allows walkers to gain a “big picture” understanding of where they are on the trail, with a continuous trail line and a constant 3-5km of mapping around the trail.
Remember, you can sign up to receive re-route notifications for your guidebook or map sheet editions. All guidebooks and map sheets published since 2014 are available for notification.
There are 8 maps in this series: