An article appeared in last week’s Weekend Australian (2/8/08) about Hans Heysen and the Heysen Trail.
VISITORS to Adelaide this approaching spring have a unique treat in store: the Art Gallery of South Australia is mounting an exhibition of the work of a favourite son, Wilhelm Ernst Hans Franz Heysen.
HONOURING the contribution to the way Hans Heysen opened our eyes and hearts to the Australian landscape is the Heysen Trail, one of the world’s great walking experiences. Not that Heysen actually walked it as the trail didn’t exist as an entity in his time. From its starting point 100km south of Adelaide at Cape Jervis, it passes through Heysen’s favourite, and most often painted, regions in the Adelaide Hills and up to his beloved Flinders Ranges.