Welcome to our new Ambassador: Ron Kandelaars

Ron Kandelaars, ambassador of the Friends of the Heysen Trail

Ron Kandelaars, ambassador of the Friends of the Heysen Trail

We welcome Ron Kandelaars as our new Friends of the Heysen Trail Ambassador.

At the recent Walk for the Heysen event President Robert welcomed Ron into the role, and presented him with an Ambassador certificate. We all welcome Ron into the Friends family.

Since commencing his media career in the late 1970s, Ron has been involved in many roles, including:

  • A permanent two day a week reporter’s role with Channel Seven in Adelaide gathering stories across South Australia
  • A regular contributor of “Off The Beaten Track” radio segments on ABC 891 and the corporation’s South Australian regional radio network
  • Writer/producer/presenter with Channel Nine’s popular, long running, and multi-award winning travel program ‘Postcards’. In 2011, Ron was awarded South Australian of the Year (Tourism) in the Advantage SA South Australian of the Year Awards; and Outstanding Contribution by an Individual in the South Australian Tourism Awards
  • Public relations consultant for a variety of corporate and government clients working on both South Australian and national issues.

Buckaringa Sanctuary Closure due to Feral Control, 24-26 June 2016

Buckaringa Sanctuary, managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

The Australian Wildlife Conservancy will be undertaking feral animal control in Buckaringa Sanctuary during coming months.

The next planned closures are:

  • Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2016

The Heysen Trail passes through the sanctuary between Quorn and Hawker, on map 6, chapter 4, of the Northern Guidebook and on Map 7b, Dutchmans Stern Conservation Park to Mernmerna Creek.

Signs will be placed at points where the Heysen Trail enters the Sanctuary during all times of closure.

The sanctuary is home to many Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies.

Heysen Trail restored to original route through Bundaleer Forest

New toilet constructed at Curnows Hut

New toilet constructed at Curnows Hut

The temporary re-route put in place following the January 2013 Bundaleer Forest fire has been removed, and the Heysen Trail is now back on its original alignment. The trail has been re-marked.

In October 2015 Curnows Hut was reopened to walkers. Last week some of our volunteers installed a new toilet at the hut, as the original toilet was destroyed in the fire.

The “new” route returns to that shown on Map 1.4 of the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook (May 2010 & April 2014 editions) and the Heysen Trail Mapsheet 5 – Spalding to Wirrabara Forest (August 2015).

Walk for the Heysen, inaugural fundraising event, 22nd May 2016 Mt Crawford Forest

2016 Walk for the Heysen

2016 Walk for the Heysen

Sunday 22 May 2016 from 9.30 am
Fromm’s Farm, Mount Road, Mount Crawford

Please join us for the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation’s inaugural fundraising event.

Proceeds of the Foundation’s fund raising activities are currently used to support greening activities along the Heysen Trail and the restoration of fire damaged sections of the Trail.

There will be three loop walk options of:

  • 5 km
  • 8 km
  • 15 km

All walks depart from and arrive back to the Fromm’s Farm camp-site. Walks are designed to suit all ages and standards of walking fitness.

In keeping with the tradition of the Walk for Warren established by us, the theme for the day will be yellow and a prize consisting of a Heysen Trail merchandise pack to the value of $100 will offered for the best sartorial contribution on the day.

After the walk grab a sausage off the BBQ at the Fromm’s Farm camp-site. Or bring your picnic while enjoying some cool blues with “Deuces Wild”. Fromm’s Farm offers a Large shelter shed and a Picnic area with space to relax.

The cost of registration is $30 for adults, $5 for children and $50 for families.

You may also choose to make a one-off donation to the Foundation through the Foundation’s cause page.

Please note that the Foundation’s application to be registered as an environmental charity is still pending and donations at this point in time are unfortunately not tax deductible.

Download brochure:

Walk for Heysen brochure

RAA Southern Rally – Sunday 1st May 2016 – Temporary Road Closures affecting Heysen Trail – Southern Fleurieu

During the weekend of Saturday 30th April May 2016 and Sunday 1st May 2016 the running of the 2016 RAA Southern Rally will affect access along sections of the Heysen Trail.

Sunday 1st May between 1 pm and 5 pm:

  • Rymill Rd, Tunk Head Rd (southern end),
  • Callawonga Creek Rd,
  • Bollaparudda Rd (southern end),
  • Mt Scrub Rd (southern end) and
  • Law Rd.
  • This includes approx 4kms of Heysen trail

The section of the Heysen Trail that is closed (Callawonga Creek Rd & Mount Scrub Rd)  is shown on Map 1.4 of the HT Southern Guide and HT Sheetmap 1B.

There are also road closures in the forest areas of the Second Valley Forest on Saturday 30th April May 2016.

AGM – 18th March 2016 – Guest speaker: 5 Ordinary People

7.30pm on Friday 18th March 2016
Plympton Community Centre,
34 Long Street, Plympton, SA 5038

Note the new venue this year
View in Interactive Maps
Street directory: UBD Map 129, E10

5 Ordinary People hiking the Heysen TrailGuest Speaker: Erina Sipos will address the meeting at the conclusion of the AGM. Erina is the mother of the family of ‘5 ordinary people’. She will talk about the Heysen Trail trek they undertook in 2015.

Hear about our Association’s activities in 2015 and plans for 2016.

Meet your council (they are the people who make the decisions) and find out what we intend to do to further develop, maintain and promote the use of the Heysen and other walking trails.

Please bring a plate of supper to share.