Annual The 36th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Heysen Trail and Other Walking Trails Inc will be held at 6.30pm Wednesday 5 April 2023 at the Torrens Rowing Club Functions Centre, Victoria Drive, Adelaide.
Call for Council Nominations
Seeking nominations from our members, for election to the following Council positions:
- Vice President
- Ordinary Council Members
To nominate, please complete the nomination form (page 2 of AGM notice) and provide to The Secretary by 27 March 2023.
Forms may be submitted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or deliver/post to Friends of the Heysen Trail, Suite 203, Epworth House, 33 Pirie Street Adelaide, 5000.
- Acceptance of Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 24 March 2022
- President’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Election of Returning Officer
- Election of Councillors
- Vice President
- Council Members
- Appointment of Auditor
- Report from Honorary Members Committee
- Other Business
- Close of Meeting
Members must register to attend the AGM via our website walk/events program to meet space limitations.
The Friends Office reopens on Tuesday February 7th.
After a break over Christmas, the Friends office reopens on Tuesday February 7th 2023. Our volunteers will be available to help you from 10.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.
- Welcome visitors to the Office to inspect our range of maps and publications,
- Answer questions about walking the Heysen Trail,
- Attend to your emails and phone calls,
- Process On-line shop orders, Membership enquiries and renewals,
You can register for walks using our online walk calendar or contact the Office if you need assistance.
There are several ways to contact the Office – you will find details on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/contact
New Ikara- Flinders Ranges National Park map released.
To celebrate the reopening of the Office, we are delighted to announce the arrival of the latest map in the series of Parks SA Bushwalking maps.
You can purchase the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park map from our On-line store or direct from the Office.
Access to the Trail over the Fire Danger period
We remind walkers that many sections of the Heysen Trail remain closed over summer and through April. You can find more information about the closures on our Fire Danger Season page.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 is now available.
Just a reminder that copies of the Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 are in the Office and available for immediate pick up or delivery.
The calendar offers beautiful photographic images taken by our members and, at $12 a copy, offers great value and an opportunity to support the work of The Friends. Get one for your wall at home or work. They also make excellent Christmas gifts for family and friends, both here in SA or interstate and overseas.
Order from our On-line shop for delivery by post.
By ordering the calendar from our On-line shop you can request postage to an address in Australia or overseas. Postage charges to any address within Australia (for a single copy) will be an additional $4.80.
Save postage – pick your calendar up from the Office.
If you prefer, save the cost of postage by picking up your calendar from the Office. The volunteers there would love to see you.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar is here now.
Make sure you order your copies of the calendar early to get in on the low price of $12.00.
Get one for your wall at home or work or buy some as Christmas gifts for family and friends.
The calendar was delivered to the Office in early November.
Order from our On-line shop for delivery by post.
By ordering the calendar from our On-line shop you can request postage to an address in Australia or overseas. We will be posting out the first orders within the next week.
Postage charges to any address within Australia (for a single copy) will be an additional $4.80.
Any orders made through our On-line shop will have the shipping charge added to the cost.
Save postage – pick your copy from our Office or the Christmas Bash.
You can also order the calendar for pick up from the Office. If you can get into the Office you can take delivery yourself – we will let you know when they’ve arrived.
If you are attending the Friends Christmas Bash at Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park on Sunday November 13th, you can also collect your ordered calendar there.
To order a ‘pick up’ copy without paying postage, you need to call into or phone the Office to order and pay.
Release of the new Heysen Trail Map 1, incorporating the Wild South Coast Way
The Friends have taken delivery of the revised version of the Heysen Trail map sheet 1. The newly released Edition 2 map covers the Cape Jervis to Kuitpo section of the trail. It incorporates the Wild South Coast Way on the Heysen Trail – the 74 km long series of spectacular walks between Cape Jervis & Victor Harbor.
You can purchase the new map sheet now via our online store, for $15 with postage from $3.70.
The map shows several spur and loop trails associated with the Wild South Coast Way, the new ‘walk-in’ campsites and other facilities erected on the trail. It also has information about when you can walk the Wild South Coast Way – it is open year round except on days of Catastrophic fire danger.
Remember, you can sign up to receive re-route notifications for your map sheet editions. All map sheets published since 2014 are available for notification.
The Friends map and book clearance sale continues
Meanwhile the Friends map and book clearance sale continues. We are running low on stock of most of our ‘to be discontinued lines’.
We’ve sold our last copy of Warren Bonython’s classic, ‘Walking the Flinders Ranges’. However, we have been advised that the Royal Geographical Society have a few remaining copies. If you missed out on reading the story that led to the creation of the Heysen Trail, you can purchase the book from the RGSSA .
Some people find leading a walk to be a very rewarding experience.
Do you have a favourite walk that you would like to share with others?
Are you interested or considering leading one or more walks for the Friends?
Why don’t you give it a try?
Prospective leaders or anyone thinking about what is involved are welcome to attend the Walk Leader Training scheduled for Saturday 15th October.
The half day session will lead you through the basics of what is involved in leading a walk.
To start the day, a panel of experienced leaders will introduce the skills needed to lead a walk. You may find that you have them already.
Depending on your interest or experience, you may prefer to lead short walk such as a Summer walk or a Trail Starter. The day will also cover what is involved with leading a Trailwalker or even End to End walks.
There will be an interactive session to answer your questions. After that attendees will break into small groups to plan a walk.
You can find out more about the event and register here.
After registering you will receive some information to help you prepare for the training. This will be sent out a few days prior to the day.
The Walk Committee will support you.
This is a great opportunity to understand what is involved in leading a walk with the Friends of the Heysen Trail.
Our many walking members need leaders, so other leaders will help you!
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Don’t miss your chance to stock up early on summer time reading or Christmas gift ideas.
We are approaching the end of our financial year, so the order has gone out for our first ever stocktaking sale.
We have slashed prices on selected items.
Get in quick as stocks are running low on most of the following lines. We won’t be reordering more once they’ve gone.
Here is your chance to check out the super low prices. Click on the items listed below to see the product description for further details.
You can order from our on-line shop or call into the Office to look before you buy.
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Members and Volunteers of The Friends Christmas gathering
Lets celebrate another year of working and walking on the Heysen.
Date and Time : Sunday November 13th, 12 noon to 4.30 pm
Place: Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park
What to bring: BYO food, drinks, chairs, a rug, cutlery or anything else you need to share the day with walking friends and your families.
Cost and Booking: There is no charge for this event but you need to book so we can give Belair National Park some idea of numbers. heysentrail.asn.au/event/xmas-bash-2022-2022/
Bookings open September 19th at 9am or call the Office on 8212 6299.
Bookings close on Friday November 7th .
Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests. On entry, just mention you’re with Friends of the Heysen Trail.
Have you taken any great photos of the Heysen Trail?
The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar is currently being compiled and we need your photos!
Win a free calendar!
Submit your photos for the 2023 calendar for a chance to win a free copy.
Photos must feature the Heysen Trail. There is a maximum of six photos per person.
Photos need to be landscape shaped and meet minimum technical requirements, generally a 7 mega pixel camera on the highest image quality setting.
We prefer photos that do not contain close up images of people.
Closing date for contributions is Monday 26th September. If your photo is selected for inclusion in the calendar, you will receive a complimentary copy.
Email your photos to email@example.com
Email size can be up to 25MB (however your email provider may not allow emails of that size).
Following the easing of COVID19 restrictions, the Friends Office is now open for enquiries and map purchases.
Our office hours have returned to normal: 10.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday.
Please note, we accept card transactions only and encourage visitors to wear masks.
Office closure Monday 28th March
The Office will be closed on Monday 28th March for the Volunteers Information / Training Day.
Office will reopen from 10.30am Tuesday 29th March.
Full contact details can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/contact