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.

Time to get Raunchy again at the Friend’s End of Year Bash, BBQ & Band 2017

 

Some of the Friend’s ‘Bashers’ at Karka last year.

The Friend’s End of Year Bash. Time to get Raunchy again!

The Friend’s End of Year BBQ, Band & Bash is on again at the Karka Pavillion, Belair National Park.  It all happens on Sunday 3 December, 12.00 – 4.30pm

Raunchy Sugar are returning as ‘The Band’, so this year don’t miss out. 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 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.

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 December 1.

Park entry fees are waived for attending members and guests.

We will have Friend’s 2018 Calendars at the Bash for sale. 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

Our Twilight walks commence Wednesday November 1.

As the walking season comes to a close, with the arrival of warmer evenings and daylight saving our Twilight Walks begin next  week. 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 first four walks:

  • Wed 1st Nov 6pm: Walkerville Linear Park. Check out the Torrens River linear park by walking into to the Zoo and return – time and length will be weather dependent. (maximum 2 hours) Optional dinner at the Sussex Hotel after.
  • Wed 8th Nov 6pm: West Lakes. A 6kms walk around the southern lake at West Lakes followed by dinner nearby.
  • Wed 15th Nov 6pm: Chambers Gully. A loop walk with a steady but not steep climb with views of Adelaide, Koalas and our native bushland.
  • Wed 22nd Nov 6pm: Marino (not Merino). Yes there are merino sheep at Marino! We may even see them as we explore what Marino has to offer: secret gullies, cliff top paths, artworks, parks, lighthouse, amazing rocky beach and stunning city and sea views.

Golden Boots passes now accepted for Twilight walks.

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

The Friend’s Trail Maintenance Shed Open Day – Saturday November 25, 2017.

Inside our Maintenance Shed at Cobbler Creek

Did you know the Friends of the Heysen Trail operates a Maintenance Shed at the Cobbler Creek Recreation Park?

Wondering what goes on behind the scenes of the Trail Development and Maintenance program?

Did you know we have a working partnership with the Work for the Dole scheme to produce toilets and platforms?

Come along to the Friend’s Shed Open Day

  • Find out more about the infrastructure and maintenance program.
  • Socialise with like-minded members, free BBQ and drinks on offer.

Details and how to register…

When       Saturday November 25 2017, 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Where    ‘The Shed’, Cobbler Creek Conservation Park, east of the intersection of Smith and Bridge Rds, Salisbury East.

All you need to bring is a chair and hat.  BBQ and drinks will be supplied

We have work ready to do now:

By Christmas we will have 3 new toilets and 15 camping platforms ready to install at a range of locations along the trail.

  • Are you interested in helping with the installation project? You don’t need to be highly skilled, although some lifting work may be involved.
  • Would you like to be notified of future maintenance events ( i.e. weekday or weekend trail trips, our End to End Maintenance weekends and shed work days)? We have a range of work to be done including ‘lighter’ jobs such as pruning along the trail and painting huts.

Do you have home handy person/building skills?

Our Hut Maintenance Co-ordinator needs more assistance.

If you are a skilled home handyperson or tradesperson and are willing to participate in one or two maintenance trips per year with a small group, please put your name on the list below. Typical work includes carpentry, painting, roofing, plumbing, glazing and plastering.

If you can help in any of these areas, please let us know.

You can leave your name to enter your availability preferences and interests/skills and we will add you to our Maintenance Volunteers mailing list.

This is your chance to ‘give a bit back to the trail’.