Bowman Park to Mt Zion(Mills Rd) to Wirabarra

Registrations open Saturday 21 September, 2019

Bowman Park to Mt Zion(Mills Rd) to Wirabarra
NOTE - If you wish to walk on only one day, please contact the FOHT office (once bookings have opened) to register for that day’s walk. The online registration system will only allow you to register for both days.


Beginning with a pleasant walk along the Crystal Brook after leaving Bowman Park, criss-crossing the brook between often steep sides and many rocky outcrops, before passing through a narrow gorge to Hughes Gap & the nearby storage tanks for the Morgan-Whyalla pipeline. From here the walk follows a series of country roads, often providing wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.


A fanstastic and testing walk commences with a steady climb along Mills Rd up to Beetaloo Creek campsite.From here the trail heads up to the ridgeline for an approx. 12 klm up & down trek to the Bluff(it just doesn't seem to get closer). After leaving the Bluff the trail continues another few kilometres on the ridgeline where we exit down Bluff Road onto Wirrabara Forest Road for the final part of the 3 or so kilometre trudge back to the cars. Throughout the walk there are some spectular views to the east over Beetaloo Valley & to the west over Spencer Gulf.In every sense a tough but rewarding walk.

Dinner on Saturday night will at the Laura North Hotel from 6.30pm

The theme for the evening will be
Saturday 19 October, 2019
to Sunday 20 October, 2019 (2 days)
Andrew McDonald
Dom Henschke
Helen Morgante
John Babister
Marlene Henschke
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Meeting Location

Meeting location details will be provided after you have registered for this walk.

Walk Fees

Saturday (19/10/19)

Walk Specifics (Sat)
Bowman Park
Mt.Zion, Mills Road.
Approx. 16klms
Risks (Sat)
Main road crossing at Hughes Gap. Also need to be careful when walking along Collaby Rd as it is a popular 4WD route.
Good quality footwear and clothing, rainjacket, hat, sunscreen, walking poles, morning tea, lunch and plenty of water.

Sunday (20/10/19)

Walk Specifics (Sun)
Wirrabara Forest
Risks (Sun)
Some steep and slippery climbs and descents during the course of this demanding walk.
Good quality footwear and clothing, rainjacket, hat, sunscreen, walking poles, morning tea, lunch and plenty of water.
Nearby Campsites and Accommodation Options

This list is generic and is derived from the Walk Selector for this walk section. Your walk leader may be suggesting a different or specific town or accommodation option to be based at.

In This Section

On or within 2km of this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Beetaloo Creek Camp Site

Near This Section

More than 2km off of the Heysen Trail section.

  1. Ippinitchie Campground
  2. Taralee Orchards
  3. Smith’s Farmstay
  4. North Laura Hotel

Further Afield

Beyond this Heysen Trail section.

  1. Georgetown
  2. Hiskeys Hut
  3. Crystal Brook
  4. Wirrabara
  5. Bowman Hut & Camp Site
  6. Go-Cart Track Shelter
  7. Murray Town
  8. Crystal Brook Caravan Park
  9. Wirrabara Hotel
  10. Murray Town campsite

Event created: 10:14pm Friday 19 October, 2018
Event last edited: 8:50pm Wednesday 3 July, 2019