Friends Office Closes for Holidays

Holiday Closure for the Friends Office

The Friends of the Heysen Trail office will close for the Christmas period at 2:30pm this Friday, December 14th 2018. 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, 4th February 2019 with normal office procedures beginning on Tuesday, 5th February.

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 Monday, December 17th, on that day.

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 Wednesday evening Twilight Walks. You can register for walks using our online Walks Calendar.

Merry Christmas!
The Office Volunteers wish all Friends members and supporters a Merry Christmas and a great New Year.

Our Wednesday Twilight walks have commenced

As the walking season has come to a close, the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving has heralded the beginning of our Twilight Walks. There is a 1.5-2 hour walk on Wednesday nights until March.

The full programme is listed on our walk calendar but here are the details for the next four walks:

Wed 5th Dec 6pm: O’Halloran Hill

Explore tracks through the O’Halloran Hill Conservation Park before it is “renovated” into the recently proclaimed Glenthorne National Park. Distance is approx 5- 6 kms and duration maximum 2 hours. Optional dinner at the Verve Bar & Kitchen at Marion Shopping Centre.

Wed 12th Dec 6pm: Anstey’s Hill

An evening walk around Anstey’s Hill Recreation Park pathways including the original Newman’s Nursery ruins followed by dinner Fox and Firkin Hotel.

Wed 19th Dec 6pm: West Beach

Come along and enjoy a twilight walk along the West Beach seafront and River Torrens Linear Trail. Distance is approx. 5.5kms. Optional meal after the walk at The Henley Beach Hotel.

Wed 2nd Jan 6pm: Chambers Gully

Enjoy the cool sanctuary of Chambers Gully as we follow the track fringed with ferns. Cockatoos, butterflies, koalas and bandicoots love this gully.

Golden Boots passes are accepted for Twilight walks

Walk fees are $5.00 ($1.00 for walkers under 18 years of age). Remember that Golden Boots passes are accepted for Twilight walks.

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 www.heysentrail.asn.au/walks

Get to Karka for the End of Year Book Bash – December 2nd 2018

Heysen Highlights hot off the press

The End of Year Bash is on again. Make sure you are at Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park for lunch and fun on Sunday December 2nd 2018. This year we have something special – we also are launching ‘Heysen Highlights’ – Simon Cameron’s companion guide to the Heysen Trail.

The Book – get it at the ‘one off’ Bash special price of $30 (rec retail $39.95)

The book has 264 pages with many colour photographs and will make an ideal gift and trail reference. To celebrate the launch, copies will be available for sale at the Bash, at the one day only special price of $30.

The Heysen Trail is a 1200 kilometre adventure hike which runs along the rugged spine of South Australia. From the Southern Ocean’s cliffs and beaches to the northern deserts. It is Australia’s most diverse trail, over varying terrain and filled with a multitude of stories.

In this companion guide The Heysen Trail is broken into 58 sections, each comfortably walked in one day. For each day there is a brief overview of what to expect and what to look out for.

Simon Cameron joined the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 2001, the same year that he started walking the Trail. He has never stopped walking it. There is so much to see and so much to discover there never will be a reason to stop.

Simon will be there to  personally sign any copies purchased on the day. Make sure you get your copy.

The Band – Raunchy Sugar

Raunchy Sugar are returning as ‘The Band’, so this year don’t miss out on a very special event. Get your End to End group or walking friends organised and be there.

Come along to Rock and Roll or maybe just relax amongst the lush green surroundings of Karka.

The Bash

The Friends will provide: Befores, BBQ meat and artisan bread.

BYO – wine, beer or soft drink, Bring a Salad or Dessert to share.

Don’t forget a chair or rug, glass, plates & cutlery.

Bookings

Book early! $20 per person. No refunds! Book at:  heysentrail.asn.au/invite     or via the office.

To assist with catering, bookings close on Friday November 30.

Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests.

We will have Friend’s 2019 Calendars at the Bash for sale at the discounted price of $12. If you’ve already ordered a copy for collection, you will be able to pick it there.

Remember the venue: Karka Pavilion, Belair National Park. Upper Sturt Road, Belair

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Walk Leader Training Night. Tuesday 2nd Oct 2018.

Have you ever thought you’d like to become a Walk Leader with the Friends of the Heysen Trail?

Well, here’s your chance to see what goes on, on and off the trail.

In a low key evening we will run through the basics of being a leader and how you can get involved.

Being a walk leader is a rewarding way of sharing your favourite walks with others and a great way to get involved with the Friends.

So if this is something you’d like to hear more about, we’d love to see you on the night.

The evening is the first step in joining our team of walk leaders. We will offer further support and assistance and help you plan and lead walks.

If you are interested come on and give it a try.

How
Just go to the walks calendar on the website and register as you would for a normal walk.

Where
Woodville Bowling Club, Oval Avenue,  Woodville South.

When
Time-7.00 to 9:30pm, including a Tea Break.

If you have any questions, please send an email to the Office and one of the leaders will contact you.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2019 calendar – final call for photos

The Friends of the Heysen Trail 2019 calendar is currently being compiled and we need your photos!

Win a free calendar!

Submit some of your photos for the 2019 calendar to be in the running for a free copy.

There is a maximum of four photos per person. If your photo is selected for inclusion in the calendar, you will receive a complimentary copy.

Photos need to be landscape shaped and meet minimum technical requirements, generally a 7 mega pixel camera on the highest image quality setting.

Closing date for contributions is September 19th.

Email your photos to  heysentrail@gmail.com

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

It’s on again! The Hiking Expo, Belair National Park, Sunday April 15th.

Opening of the 2018 Bushwalking Season

Come along to the Hiking Expo to celebrate the opening of the 2018 walk season.  It is the big event organised by Walking SA, the Friends and other walking groups to kick off the new walking season

When:       Sunday April 15, 2018 – 9.00am to 1.30pm.

Where:     The Gums Oval, Belair National Park.

Free entry to Belair National Park

Join in:

  • Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers and walking clubs.
  • Guided hikes ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, including child-friendly and Accessible options. Guided Walks will depart every 10 minutes from 9:30am to 1pm.
  • You can secure a place on a specific guided walk by registering online or just arrive on the day and choose a guided walk to join.
  • Old Government House will be especially opened on the day by the Friends of Old Government House. Several of the guided walks include the House. Entry is by gold coin donation, with guided tours of the house and servants quarters, and self guided tours of the garden.

You can see the full list of guided walks on the Walking SA website

Join with Friends in a ‘Walk to the Expo’

In addition to one of the many walks at Belair, you can also take a longer hike to the event. The Friends have organised two longer walks to the Gums Oval at Belair National Park.

These Trailstarter walks are listed on the Walks Programme on the Friends website. You can register for these walks now.

  • Cemetery (Barr St, Mitcham) to Gums Oval

The first walk leaves from the Cemetery at Mitcham. You will walk up through the foothills and quiet gullies of Randall Park and through the quiet back streets of Belair. From Belair train station, you will enter the National Park passing through majestic endangered ecosystem of grey box woodland.

This is a 5.5 km walk and will commence at 8.00am.

Register here for the Mitcham walk.

  • Reconciliation Park (Eden Hills) to Gums Oval

This walk starts from the memorial for the stolen generation at Colebrook Blackwood Reconciliation Park. You will wander through the Wittunga Botanic Garden, and then go past the cottage garden of the historic Gamble Cottage. The route includes some of the Sea-to-Summit trail and the Adelaide 100 concept trail.

This is a 6.3 km walk and will commence at 10.00am.

Register here  for the Eden Hills walk

Walk for the Heysen 2018.

 

Walk for the Heysen

Sunday 29 April 2018
Bridgewater Oval, Mount Barker Road, Bridgewater
Walk on the Heysen Trail and BBQ picnic

Walk for the Heysen – experience local parks and native scrub and have fun while supporting the Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation’s 2018 fundraising efforts. The foundation supports the improvement of facilities and the environment on the Heysen Trail & other walking trails.

  • Four walk options from 5km to 17km.
  • Walks depart from 9.00 am. Arrive in time to register before your walk.
  • All walks depart from and arrive back to the Bridgewater Oval. Walks are designed to suit all ages and standards of walking fitness.
  • Bring the family for a great day out in the Adelaide Hills.

After the walk grab a BBQ meal (included in registration fee) at the Bridgewater Oval, or bring your own picnic. The picnic area includes the football club rooms, toilets and parking.

In keeping with the tradition of the Warren Bonython Memorial Walk conducted by the Friends of the Heysen Trail in 2013, the theme for the day will be yellow.
A prize consisting of a Heysen Trail merchandise pack (value $100) is up for grabs to the best yellow sartorial costuming on the day.

Tickets

$30 for adults, $5 for children, $60 for families

Book online here.

Download the event flyer

You may also choose to make a one-off donation to the Foundation through the Foundation’s web site: Warren Bonython Heysen Trail Foundation

The Foundation is registered as an environmental charity and donations are tax deductible.

Bookings for End to End 13 are filling fast

 

Bookings for the first End to End 13 walk on Sunday May 6th 2018, are filling fast. If you want to join the group, now is the time to register.

End to End 13 is the 13th Friend’s group to walk the Heysen Trail. The group will set off from the Cape Jervis trailhead heading towards Parachilna Gorge.

Their first destination is Cobbler Hill in the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The trail for this walk follows sandy coastal tracks and exposed coastal hillsides, providing spectacular views over Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island.

As with previous groups the level of interest has been strong. After opening on Monday morning, the first bus was full by Tuesday.

We are now taking names of walkers wanting to join a second, smaller bus. While we still need more names to warrant the additional bus, we expect that, as in previous years, demand will be sufficient.

So act now, as there are limited spaces available.

You can register on our website https://heysentrail.asn.au/walks/1707/cape-jervis-to-cobbler-hill/view/ or calling the office. Maybe chat with a friend about joining the group, but be quick!

 

The Great North Walk – May 2018.

Directions for the walk in the Lane Cove National Park

The Great North Walk

Bookings for the Friend’s extended walk for 2018 open on February 1st 2018.

The route map.

 Join us as we walk the iconic 250 km trail from Sydney to Newcastle.

The Great North Walk is a wonderful trail following many tracks through a magnificent array of natural and urban environments.

Created in 1988, as an Australian Bicentennial project, the Great North Walk is rich in the history of New South Wales.  Follow the links for more information about the walk.

The Friends will be exploring this long-distance Trail over 17 days in May 2018.

You can find out more about this walk from Peter Solomon using the email link given in the walk description on the Friends walk calendar.

To secure accommodation, bookings need to be made early.  Make sure you don’t miss out on this great walk.

 

Friends Office will close this Friday for Christmas.

The Friends will close our Office for the Christmas period at 2.30 pm this Friday,  December 15th 2017. Our volunteers have earned a good break, so we will reopen at 10.30 am on Monday 5th February 2018.

If you need to contact the Office (by email or telephone) over that period, it is unlikely that we will respond to your enquiry until we reopen. So we recommended that you refer to our website for any information you may need over the office closure.

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 19th, on that day.

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 get more information about the trail closure here.

Register for Twilight walks

Although the office and the Heysen Trail are closed, don’t forget our Wednesday evening Twilight Walks. You can register for walks using our online Walks Calendar.

Merry Christmas!

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