Ten walking companions walk the Heysen Trail in 1986 as a South Australian Jubilee 150 project, prior to the trail even being finished.
Old majestic buildings, scratching in the earth from an old mine or a broken down farm house. All were once the dreams of our forefathers, a story to be told of hope and hardship and now, just shattered aspirations.
In May 2008 artists Euan Macleod, Leo Robba, Chris O’Doherty aka Reg Mombassa, Lucy Culliton, Elisabeth Cummings, Neil Frazer, David Keeling, Adrienne Richards and David Usher, embarked on an adventure to capture their impressions of the spectacular landscape of the famous “Heysen Trail”, a 1200 kilometre walking trail, in South Australia. The Heysen is one of the great long distance walks in the world. It extends from Cape Jervis on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide to Parachilna Gorge in the northern Flinders Ranges.
After completing the Heysen Trail a group of eight walkers continued beyond Parachilna Gorge. We walked through the upper Flinders along Warrawena, Hamilton Creek to Terrapina water hole, climbed over Mt Babbage, across the Stony Dessert plains to Mt Hopeless.
The history of the Heysen trail begins in 1932, according to an article written by Warren Bonython in the Trailwalker in 1989.
In May 2000 a small group of experienced walkers from the Friends who had completed walking the Heysen Trail, and had thus walked from Crystal Brook to Parachilna Gorge, set out to set out to complete the emulation of Warren’s walk, by walking on to Mt Hopeless.
Finishing off the Heysen Trail by walking from Yudnamutana Gorge to Mt Hopeless.
William Henry had come to Australia from Cornwall in 1848, working at Burra and the Victorian goldfields and then in 1857, with his brother James, became the first lease holder of Umberatana Station - 188 square miles of semi-arid land in the North Flinders Ranges, west of Arkaroola.