Friends Office will close for Christmas.

Our office will close for the Christmas period at 2.30 pm on Friday December 16th 2016 to give our volunteers a well-earned break. We will reopen at 10.30 am on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

If you need to contact the Office (by email or telephone) over the break, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen.

Online Shop Sales over Christmas

While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business.

However, as many of our volunteers will be on holidays, it may take longer than normal to service orders. We will endeavour to despatch shop orders within 5 business days.

If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we undertake to despatch any orders received by midday on Tuesday December 20th, on that day.

Register for Twilight walks

While the Office is closed, don’t forget that you can still register for walks online:

Merry Christmas!

The Office Volunteers wish all Friend’s members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Friends win awards at Walking SA Awards Presentation

President Robert accepts the Walking SA Award

President Robert accepts the Walking SA Award

14681725_1266883953355764_7727399999955805516_njulian-7220879_nThe Friends won an award on Thursday night at the Walking SA Awards for South Australia, for our work on the HeysenTrail and for our End-to-End walking program.
Special Recognition Award – Organisation – http://bit.ly/2dyLYCo

Two of our members also won Walking SA Awards for Longstanding Contribution – Individual. Colin and Julian were awarded for an enormous amount of work they have put in over many many years.

Listen to Radio Interview with Ron Kandelaars on 891 ABC Adelaide, 13 July 2016

Friends of the Heysen Trail ambassador, Ron Kandelaars, was interviewed today by Ian Henshke on 891 ABC Adelaide.

He discusses walking South Australia’s 1200 kilometre long Heysen Trail as a great bucket list item, and our organisation’s End-to-End Walking Program. He also interviews Katrina Gillespie who is walking the trail with her two teenage sons and husband together, to set aside their digital devices and walk the Heysen Trail together as a shared experience.

Listen to the interview on SoundCloud.

Volunteers Sought for Trail Development

Much of the Heysen Trail infrastructure is now 30 years old.

The Friends Trail Development Committee have plans for many upgrades to both the trail and walker facilities. These plans include –

  1. Trail remarking and track work – a 3 year project commenced this year.
  2. Camp site facilities – toilets, water tanks and benches are planned for more sites.
  3. Hut upgrades to include benches, seats, painting etc.
  4. New huts are being considered at White Park; Simmons Hill; Cuddlee Creek and a Freemans hut replacement.
  5. Rebuilding the Waitpinga Beach sand ladder.

You can help

We need help to get these projects moving, both in the field and at our Cobbler Creek shed.

  • Waitpinga Beach walkway: We need a team to urgently undertake work on the sand ladder. The existing structure is in a dilapidated condition.
  • Cobbler Creek shed, Salisbury East. Urgent work is required to produce items needed for the campsites and huts. We propose to initially open the shed once a month, on a Tuesday from 9 am to 3 pm, for this work.

We would love to hear from anyone with time available and an interest in the trail to HELP us.

Contact us to discuss how you can help.

The trail needs us, please help.

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.

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

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.

Walk the Yorke Official Opening 13 December 2015

The Friends of the Heysen Trail were represented at the successful opening to the Walk the Yorke at Port Vincent on Sunday 13 December 2015.

Around 70 walkers checked out four kilometres of the trail from Port Vincent wharf north to the Golf Club. At the Golf Club a large range of stalls and activities were crowded with locals and visitors before the opening by Rowan Ramsay MP at 12pm. There were many ARPA and Friends of the Heysen Trail members attending the walk.

Maps of the trail, including detailed section maps, are on the Visit Yorke Peninsula website.

The planning and construction was driven by the Yorke Peninsula Council Operations Manager, Stephen (Goldy) Goldsworthy. It was Goldy’s concept, and his passion and dedication that has delivered the project. Major funding came from an Australian Government Regional Development grant ($1.3m), plus the Yorke Peninsula Council ($1.3m) and the Government of South Australia ($900,000).

Almost 500km of trail, linking tracks and roads has been marked, trailhead signs are at all towns, plus walker crossing signs on the main roads. Shared Use signs indicate when walkers, bikes and cars are on the same road/track. Signs indicate where bikes and walkers separate. Bench seats installed and shelters with tanks constructed at strategic locations for multi-day treks. The section out of Port Wakefield towards Port Clinton follows the old trail formation. The walking trails vary from many kilometres of well formed gravel paths, to more challenging natural trail and beach walking along the south sections. For bushwalkers there seems to be a lot of road walking for an end to end trek, although the ARPA walkers have completed the full length over the past 3 years. Plenty of sections along the coast for short and day walks, with views of the ocean, along beaches and through coastal bush.

Goldy sees the Walk the Yorke as a work-in-progress, with the Council committed to maintenance, and local interest groups helping to keep the trail maintained. The plan is for upgrades and rerouting to improve the experience, to be done over time.

Checking out Other Sections – Port Clinton to Port Vincent

On Saturday as we checked out sections of the Walk the Yorke from Pt Clinton to Port Vincent.

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Checking out Other Sections – South from Port Vincent

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Seats made from recycled plastic, example at Port Julia. There are 40 of these seats that Stephen designed, and are installed along the walk. A lot of the posts and infrastructure utilises recycled plastic. Steel flexible posts, in yellow, are used as standard marker posts. Brown recycled plastic posts are also used for marker posts.

Christmas Closure – Open Monday 14th December – Online Sales Over Christmas

We previously advised that our office would be closed over the Christmas period, from Friday Dec 11th.

However the office will now be open on Monday Dec 14th as volunteers will be getting the new Trailwalker ready for distribution.

Therefore the new office closure date will be Tuesday Dec 15th. It will reopen on Tuesday 19th January 2016.

Last Chance – Heysen Trail 2016 Calendar

As a result, Monday Dec 14th will be your last chance to call into the office to purchase a copy of our new calendar. We will be open that day during our normal business hours of 10.30 am -2.30 pm.

Our new address is Suite 203, 2nd Floor Epworth Building, 33 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

After that you will still be able to order the calendar though our online shop: The sale price will remain at $15.00 per copy (plus postage & handling from $2.85).

Online Shop Sales over Christmas

While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business.

However, as many of our volunteers will be on holidays, it may take longer than normal to service orders. We will endeavour to despatch shop orders within 5 business days.

If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we will process and despatch any orders received by midday Friday December 18th, on that day.

We’re moving shop/office to Pirie Street, Adelaide – some closure dates

Shop/office location: Suite 203, Epworth Building, 33 Pirie St, Adelaide SA 5000We’re moving to:
Suite 203, 2nd Floor, Epworth Building
33 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Our office will be closed this Friday 20th November. We will re-open for some business at our new premises on Monday 23rd November, and will be fully open on Tuesday 24th November (this is when our phone service will resume at the new premises). During this moving time the best way to contact us will be via email.

Apart from our address, all our other contact details remain the same.

Our new central location is in Pirie Street, adjacent to the Adelaide City Council offices.

Christmas Closure Dates

Our shop and office will also be closed over Christmas, from Friday 11th December. We will reopen on Tuesday 19th January 2016.