Come along and join in the fun at the Friends’ 2021 Christmas gathering at Port Adelaide’s Pirate Life Brewery.
- Pirate Life Brewery, 18 Baker Street, Port Adelaide. View Interactive Map
- 12pm to 4pm, Sunday 28th November 2021
- Cost $56 per person plus $0.50c booking fee (includes all food served in a cocktail grazing style throughout the afternoon plus 2 drinks – soft, beer or wine)
- Family and friends welcome
Bookings and payment for this event are via TryBooking, which enables tickets for Friends and family members to be purchased at the same time – https://www.trybooking.com/815457
Hope to see you there!
Friends 2021 Calendar now in stock
The Friends 2021 Calendar is now available for pick up from the Office. If you’ve ordered a calendar for delivery by post, we have started sending them to you.
It is not too late to order copies – they are available from the on-line shop. You can also call into the Office or phone us
If you plan on picking up your calendar or other Christmas gifts, please note that our Office will close at 2.30 pm on Friday December 11th 2020.
We are giving our volunteers a well-earned break. They will return for our Office Volunteers Information Day on Monday February 1st 2021. The Office will re-open for business the following day, Tuesday February 2nd.
Online Shop Sales
While the office is closed, our online shop will remain open for business. Over the break, shop orders will be despatched within 5 working days.
If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we will process and post out any orders received by midday Wednesday December 16th, on that day.
Please note that Australia Post has advised that for delivery by Christmas (within Australia) the following timeframes will apply:
- Send Parcel Post by Saturday 12 December 2020.
- Send Express Post by Saturday 19 December 2020.
- For sending letters within Australia this Christmas, Australia Post’s standard delivery timeframes apply.
Register for Walks
You can also still register for walks online during the break.
As the walking season has come to a close, the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving has heralded the beginning of our Twilight/Summer Walks. There is a 1.5-2 hour evening walk most weeks until March. Some longer walks may be held during the day.
The full programme will soon be listed on our walk calendar but here are the details for the first four walks:
Wed 4th November 6.15pm: Wirraparinga Trail Loop Plus A Bit
A gentle walk along the 5km Wirraparinga Trail in Brownhill Recreation Park, plus a bit of an add on. Optional dinner or a refreshment at nearby Edinburgh Hotel.
Wednesday 11th November 6pm: Randell Park, Mitcham
A somewhat uphill walk through Randell Park with views over the city as the reward.
Thursday 19th November 6pm: Torrens Linear Park (Lockleys)
This walk winds along the River Torrens linear path. An easy 6 km walk, with no hills. Dinner afterwards at the Lockleys Hotel.
Friday 27th November 6pm: Stirling Dinner walk
A 9-10 km loop starts with an uphill section into Stirling. Then downhill to enjoy our dinner and fellowship at the Stirling Golf Club.
Pay with either option:
- a Golden Boots pass, which are accepted for Twilight walks
- Twilight walk casual fees are $5.00 ($1.00 for walkers under 18 years of age)
Register online or via the office
If you don’t have a Golden Boots pass, you can purchase one when you register for the walk. Just click on the Golden Boots pass payment option.
Further details of our walks and walker registration can be found on our website at heysentrail.asn.au/walks
Walking SA Adelaide100 Trail Launch,
7km showcase walk
10:00am Sunday 11 October 2020
Join Walking SA to celebrate the launch of the first section of the Adelaide100® trail.
The Adelaide100® is a loop walking trail of over 100km that takes in the coast, waterways and hills of the capital city of South Australia.
The 7km showcase walk starts from Pinky Flat, following the linear trail along the beautiful River Torrens / Karrawirra Parri. Walking upstream past Adelaide Oval before crossing the river at Hackney Bridge and returning past the zoo and Elder Park. Passing the Festival Centre and Convention Centre, the walk continues under Montefiore Road, crossing the river over the weir before returning to Pinky Flat.
Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines.
Post a photo on social media with #adelaide100 for a chance to win a $200 Scout Outdoor Centre voucher.
Tickets: Registration is free. Participant numbers are limited due to COVID-19 event planning guidelines. Please register to assist us in managing our COVID-Safe event plan.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Hike Length: 7km
Registration and start location details can be found via the following link to Walking SA website.
More people walking more often
Easing of restrictions will allow gradual reintroduction of walks
The Friends Council appreciates your ongoing support during the Covid 19 restriction period. The latest SA Government announcement about a slight easing of some restrictions is welcome, although we will remain vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our volunteers and members.
Council has supported a recommendation from the Chair of the Walking Committee to adopt appropriate guidelines that will assist us to revive small group walking over the next few weeks. Walk leaders will be consulted about suitable loop walks with the view to ease into a modified program around the middle to late June after finalising any practical steps.
Extra responsibilities of walkers
Members attending walks will be expected to
- register online
- take responsibility for their own and others health by adhering to the current social distancing requirements; and
- stay away if they have any cough, cold or fever symptoms.
End-to-End 2020 programme remains cancelled
Council’s decision to cancel our End to End walks for this year (and subsequently confirmed in the April news item) has not been rescinded.
Golden Boots passes extended
To acknowledge the patience of our members during the Covid restrictions, Council has decided to extend expiry dates for Golden Boots passes by 12 months.
We are also looking at how to recommence volunteer trail maintenance and will notify members when we have confirmed those arrangements.
Office relocation and reopening
During this period the Friends is also moving office to a larger space just next door. The office will remain closed until the relocation has been completed. Council has decided it is safer for our team if we get the new space organised before opening up again.
See you on the trail
We appreciate your patience as we gradually ease back into operation, and look forward to seeing you back on the trail.
The Friends of the Heysen Trail is disappointed to announce an extension to the cancellation of planned activities beyond 31 May 2020.
Sadly, in light of ongoing public health requirements, the Friends Council and Executive has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel all the following activities:
- End to End Walk Program for 2020;
- Group walks using buses: Lavender/Willunga Basin/Yurrebilla/Yorke Peninsula; and
- Except that the October South Coast Walk will be reviewed mid-year.
- Trailstarter/Trailwalker program.
- Trail Development infrastructure projects;
- Section Leader Trail Maintenance; and
- Friends Shed work.
- Remain closed until further notice;
- Online shop will cease for map and book sales;
- Membership Subscriptions and Renewals will continue to be processed.
- Production of pdf only version will continue until restrictions are removed.
We share the frustration and regret that walks and trail work plans had to be adjusted.
Depending on progress around the current public health risks and any announced reduction in community isolation practices, the Friends may be able to revive some of our local Trailstarter/Trailwalker and/or trail development work later in the year. The website will be updated if that occurs.
UPDATE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
The first End to End 15 walk which was to be held on Saturday May 9th 2020 has been cancelled.
Bookings for End to End 15 walks which were due to open on Monday March 23rd 2020 have been suspended.
This walk is one of a number of events that have been cancelled by the Friends as a part of our response to COVID-19.
Refer to the FOHT – Response to COVID-19 news item which issued on March 19th for further information.
Further updates will be posted on our website in due course.
In response to Covid 19 health provisions for social distancing and to avoid non-essential gatherings, the Friends Council has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting that was scheduled on Friday 20 March 2020.
A new date will be notified when the public health situation becomes clear.
Announcements about other events will be made in the next day or so.
As a part the upgrade of our membership and walk registration system we will be temporarily suspending online walk registrations for a day or so.
What are we doing?
We are updating the software that we use to run the membership and walk registration system. These changes to the ‘back end’ are mainly going to affect our Office Volunteers and Walk Leaders, but the system will make it easier to renew your membership.
We’ve chosen a period of low demand to make the change. This will allow us to be ready for the period of increased website traffic during the walk season.
Will the change affect you?
Apart from the temporary reduction in services on our website, our members and frequent visitors won’t notice many changes.
Our website address will continue as https://heysentrail.asn.au.
After the upgrade, the Walk Calendar on the website will look slightly different. But the calendar will operate much the same as the one you are familiar with.
There will be a welcome change for anyone intending to register for our End to End 15 walk. Registrations for this and all other events will no longer have a set opening time of midnight. Bookings will generally open at 7am instead.
You can help make the change easy
Over the next week our Office Volunteers will be undertaking training in using the new system.
If you need to renew your membership or register for a walk, we ask you to use the existing website. It will be operating normally until late on Monday February 17th.
If you contact the Office before the shutdown, we may not be able to answer the phone immediately. For urgent enquiries, please send us an email which we will action it as soon as we can.
Holiday Closure for the Friends Office
The Friends of the Heysen Trail office will close for the Christmas period at 2:30pm on Friday, December 13th 2019. Our volunteers have earned a good break.
If you need to contact the office (by email or telephone) over the holiday period, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen. So we recommend that you refer to our website for any information you may need.
There will be a Volunteers Information Day on Monday, 3rd February with normal office operations beginning on Tuesday, 4th February 2020.
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 dispatch shop orders within 5 business days.
If you want to shop for last minute Christmas purchases we undertake to dispatch any orders received by midday on Wednesday, December 18th, on that day.
Friends 2020 Calendar
If you haven’t yet got a copy of our new calendar, we still have supplies available. Pick up a copy from the office for $12, or order from our on-line shop. If you order by December 18th, you should have delivery by Christmas (subject to AusPost delivery timetables).
The Heysen Trail is closed over the Fire Danger Season
Remember that the Heysen Trail is now closed for the Fire Danger Season. You can access more information about the trail closure here.
Register for Twilight walks
Although the office and the Heysen Trail are closed, don’t forget our evening Twilight Walks. You can register for walks using our online Walks Calendar.
The Office Volunteers wish all Friends members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.