Survey on the Best Walks of SA

Survey on the Best Walks of South Australia

The Bushwalk Australia eMagazine October’s edition will focus on South Australia. They are seeking input on the best walks in South Australia.

Submit your favourite Heysen Trail walks! Browse through our Walk Selector for some inspiration.

Submit the survey below and enter your 6 favourite walks:

  • 3 x favourite day walks
  • 3 x favourite multi-day walks

For each walk:

  • name the walk/trail
  • short description of why you think it is good
  • a link to webpage somewhere with more info

If you are a day-walker only, or overnight-walker only, you could skip entering info on the other category.

Free Seminar: Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail? Integrating Tourism and Recreation Through Research

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Professor Taylor Stein, University of FloridaProfessor Taylor Stein
University of Florida

Free seminar
Friday 21st August 2015
2:30pm – 3:30pm
At University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, P2-06

Find out about the United State’s National Scenic Trail System and the challenges of managing these trails for tourists while providing opportunities for locals. Taylor will talk specifically about the Florida National Scenic Trail, which is a similar concept to our Heysen Trail. The talk will focus on market segmentation – who’s hiking and what they want.

Professor Taylor Stein is visiting UniSA as part of his sabbatical from the University of Florida. His trip has been funded in part by UniSA’s Visiting Distinguished Researcher Grant.

University of South Australia, School of Natural and Built Environments

Proposed Heysen Trail Realignment in Flinders Ranges Draft Management Plan – Have Your Say

Aroona-Valley-and-Heysen-RangeThe Flinders Ranges National Park Draft Management Plan has been released for public consultation. It sets out objectives and strategies for the ongoing protection and conservation of the natural and cultural values of the Park.

Our Concerns

We at the Friends of the Heysen Trail consider that the plan is well presented and a valuable addition to strategic planning for the region. We wholeheartedly agree with the investment in upgrading the hiking opportunities in the Park.

We would suggest the plan provide the vision of a diverse trail network of well managed trails covering the many diverse landforms, plus the natural and cultural features of the park. And as such we would have to disagree on the suggestion to re-align the Heysen Trail.

On page 18, “Developing a world class multi-day walk (with minimal impact hiker accommodation) based on a realignment of the Heysen Trail along the foothills of the Heysen Range between Bunyeroo Gorge and Aroona Campground.”

The most cited comment on hikers completing the Heysen Trail is that it provides such a variety of experiences. The countryside, vistas, flora and the fauna.

The proposal has the Heysen Trail continuing along the valley floor (mostly accessible by vehicle), rather than climbing to seeing the breathtaking vistas, trekking through geological ages, and through Sir Hans Heysen painting landscapes.

The proposed re-alignment of this section of the Heysen Trail:

  • miss out on some great vistas back to the Heysen Range and from walking through the Three Sisters from Sir Hans’s paintings. It misses the diversity of this country.
  • miss the magnificent vistas looking across the ABC Range to the rugged profile of Wilpena Pound and the Heysen Range, are one of the great iconic features of the Heysen Trail and we recommend this be retained.
  • Importantly it misses the Golden Spike at Trezona – Enorama Creek – Australia’s most significant geological feature, a world renown feature. Walkers on the Heysen Trail currently walk past the defining point, the ‘Golden Spike’. Other features such as the glacier rock are also passed on the Trail.
  • The current alignment takes the hikers through historic landscapes and includes two hiker huts. These old shepherd huts have been converted to hiker shelter and accommodation. They retain the original architecture and rustic character of the original construction. These would be by-passed with the proposed re-route. Hiker accommodation is currently available at these two huts.
  • The proposed re-alignment would require significant investment on trail construction and hiker accommodation. We consider this an unnecessary expense.

Working with the Government

The Friends are happy to provide ongoing assistance with the management of the trail within the park, working with Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resource (DEWNR) to enhance and improve trail and walker experiences.

We are finalising our fuller submission to respond to the draft plan. Review the plan yourself and share your views and any concerns at environment.sa.gov.au/haveyoursay

Responses close July 31, 2015.

5 Ordinary People finish 1,200km hike of Heysen Trail 2pm Saturday 20th June 2015

5 Ordinary People hiking the Heysen Trail

5 Ordinary People finish of their extraordinary 1,200km through hike of The Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis this at 2pm Saturday 20th June 2015. They will be welcomed by a large band of supporters at the Heysen Trail Trailhead in Cape Jervis. Heysen Trail End-to-End certificates and badges will be presented by the President of the Heysen Trail, Robert Alcock.

About the family’s 65-day trek

A family of five, including Eli, 12, Emily, 10, and Noah, 9, skipped term 2 of school in favour of hiking the Heysen Trail.

There’s so much more to life than just maths and English that kids miss out on, if parents don’t invest time in them.

Along with their parents Luke and Erina, they will be a world away from the classroom routine when they undertake a mission to cover 1,151km on foot over 56 days. Their trek began at the northern trailhead at Parachilna Gorge, trekking south through the Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis.

It’s all part of Erina’s plan to give her children an educational experience of a different kind.

“We want to teach our children the life lessons that, when you’re caught up in the nine to five regime, you just don’t have the time to do,” she says. “There’s so much more to life than just maths and English that kids miss out on, if parents don’t invest time in them.”

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Warren Bonython Recognised with a New Walking Trail at Hiltaba Station

Warren Bonython has been recognised with a new Walking Trail named after him.

Robert Alcock and Andrew Robertson represented the Friends of the Heysen Trail at the opening ceremonies last Thursday and Friday at Hiltaba Nature Reserve, Gawler Ranges, 650km from Adelaide.

Warren Bonython Loop Walk

10km loop walk, 5 hours
Leaving from Hiltaba Homestead and traversing over Mt Hiltaba.

View trail map

Betty and Bob Lewis Loop Walk

2km loop walk, 1 hour
Leaving from Pretty Point

View trail map

Public Talk: Fire – the Effect of Climate Change on the Flora and Fauna of the Mt Lofty Ranges

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Royal Geographical Society of SA logoThursday 19th March 2015, 5.30pm
Goodman Lecture Theatre, Hackney Road
Presented by the Royal Geographical Society of SA

Mr Allan Holmes will present a discussion on the issue of fire vs natural amenity of the Mt Lofty Ranges. Allan will draw on his experience as Director of SA National Parks and Chief Executive of the Department of Environment. Allan will provide an insight into the role that government can play in dealing. He is also keen to views from the floor.

The Mount Lofty Ranges form a picturesque backdrop to the city of Adelaide and a valuable environmental buffer. The rugged landscape has ensured that significant areas have remained as verdant forest and bushland.

That this region lies so close to urban centres poses major challenges in land use management. Along with the usual competition for open space, there is also ongoing debate regarding the retention and management of bush land to provide amenity, while also providing a safe environment for residents and visitors.

The use of fire as a management tool is often cited as a necessary part of this program. Regular controlled fires are seen to be a naturally occurring management tool, designed to reduce the accumulation of large amounts of combustible material.

Historic images of Morialta exhibition

2015 will be 100 years since Morialta was declared a National Pleasure Resort on 15 July 1915.

The Friends of Black Hill and Morialta Inc with support from Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges are to deliver a number of public events in 2015 to celebrate the centenary of Morialta Conservation Park.

The Friends of the Heysen Trail have sponsored two images. All images are available through an online silent auction, open until November, and any proceeds we receive will go towards our work on the Heysen Trail.

Exhibition Schedule

Coventry Library, Stirling 3 – 13 March 2015
Cleland Wildlife Park 15 – 31 March 2015
The Summit Community Centre, Norton Summit 2 – 30 April 2015
Campbelltown Library 2 – 29 May 2015
Burnside Civic Centre Atrium 3 – 26 June 2015
Gumeracha Library 30 June – 30 July 2015
Tea Tree Gully Library 2 – 28 August 2015
The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex 1 – 16 September 2015
The Long Gallery, St Peters Town Hall Complex 22 – 30 September 2015
Cleland Wildlife Park 2 – 31 October 2015
Historic image of Morialta Exhibition 2015

5 Ordinary People hiking the Heysen Trail

5 Ordinary People hiking the Heysen Trail

A family’s 56-day trek

A family of five, including Eli, 12, Emily, 10, and Noah, 9, will skip Term 2 of school in favour of hiking the Heysen Trail.

There’s so much more to life than just maths and English that kids miss out on, if parents don’t invest time in them.

Along with their parents Luke and Erina, they will be a world away from the classroom routine when they undertake a mission to cover 1,151km on foot over 56 days.
Their trek begins at the northern trailhead at Parachilna Gorge, trekking south through the Flinders Ranges and Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis.

It’s all part of Erina’s plan to give her children an educational experience of a different kind.

“We want to teach our children the life lessons that, when you’re caught up in the nine to five regime, you just don’t have the time to do,” she says. “There’s so much more to life than just maths and English that kids miss out on, if parents don’t invest time in them.”

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Heroes of the Field – Heysen Trail & CFS Volunteer on Front Page of the Advertiser

John Potter, volunteer with Cudlee Creek CFS and maintenance and construction volunteer on the Heysen TrailOne of our chief maintenance and construction volunteers is featured on the front page of today’s Advertiser. As well as volunteering on the Heysen Trail, John Potter is a volunteer with his local Cudlee Creek CFS, and is among an army of volunteers doing 12-hour shifts to protect life and property in the Adelaide Hills bushfire.

FREE SA National Parks Vehicle Entry

Take the kids to walk and explore nature

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Thanks to the guys at Nature Play and National Parks and Wildlife Service SA free vehicle entry passes are being offered to provide opportunities for children to explore nature.

Hike, ride, swim, climb, camp, play or take photographs at any of South Australia’s great Parks listed below with this free vehicle entry pass.

South Australian Parks are special places that provide a safe home for thousands of plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world. Hike, ride, swim, climb, camp, play or take photographs at any of South Australia’s great Parks listed below with this free vehicle entry pass!

Nature Play SA Inc is a not-for-profit association established to increase the time South Australian children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

Need some inspiration for where to walk and explore? Check out the SA National Parks Guide.

Photos courtesy of Play & Go.