Heysen Trail Calendar 2023 available now. Only $12!

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.

Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar now in store. Only $12!

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.

New Heysen Trail Map 1, including the Wild South Coast Way.

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 .

Walk Leader Training

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!

Friends Shop book and map clearance sale is on now.

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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.

Sale lines


Clearance price Regular price
Caroona Creek $6.00 $10.00
Kuitpo Forest $6.00 $9.00
Mt Remarkable National Park $6.00 $10.00
Sea to Summit $4.00 $9.00
Yurrebilla Trail Map and Guidebook    SOLD OUT


Discover the Barossa $9.00 $16.50
Discover Kangaroo Island $9.00 $16.50
Exploring the Barossa $9.00 $17.50
Walking the Flinders Ranges    SOLD OUT
Walking with Warren $20.00 $36.00
12 new short Onkaparinga Walks $12.00 $15.00

You can order from our on-line shop or call into the Office to look before you buy.

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Invitation to The Friends 2022 Christmas Gathering


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.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2023 calendar – final call for photos

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 trailwalker@heysentrail.asn.au

Email size can be up to 25MB (however your email provider may not allow emails of that size).

Friends Office reopens to Visitors

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

The Friends Office to reopen on Tuesday 1st February, 2022 – but operations limited due to COVID.

Office Volunteers Information Day cancelled due to concerns over COVID

After a break over Christmas, our Office Volunteers were to attend our annual Volunteer’s Information Day on Monday.

However due to the current COVID outbreak we have cancelled the meeting.

The Office will re-open for restricted operations – but will remain closed to visitors

As of Tuesday we will have a limited number of volunteers in attendance at the Office.
As a further precaution against the spread of COVID, the Office will not be open to visitors or customers.

Our volunteers will be available from 10.30am to 2.30pm to undertake the following administrative tasks:

  • Attend to emails and phone calls,
  • Process On-line shop orders, Membership enquiries and renewals,
  • Answer questions about walking the Heysen Trail,
  • Walk registrations can be made using our online walk calendar but you can also contact the Office if you need assistance.

Full contact details can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/contact

As there will be a limited number of volunteers in attendance and we already have to deal with correspondence received over the break, please be patient if there is a delay in responding to your enquiry.

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.

We will be monitoring advice from SA Health as the situation develops

We trust you will understand the precautions we are taking in the interest of safeguarding the health of our volunteers and their families.

We intend to reopen the Office for ‘drop-in customer’ service as soon as it is considered safe to do so.