Bowman Park to Mt Zion(Mills Rd) to Wirabarra

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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.

This weekend heralds the beginning of our journey north into the Flinders Ranges.

Please note the order of these walks will be reversed to enable an earlier finish on Sunday prior to everyones drive home.

Please remember to take plenty of water for each walk now that the weather is warming up, especially on Saturday as it is a long demanding walk with few opportunities for the support vehicle to access the trail.


A fantastic 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 trekking to the Bluff(it just doesn't seem to get closer). After leaving the Bluff the trail continues another few kilometres on the ridgeline to where we exit down Bluff Road onto Wirrabara Forest Road for the final 3 kilometre trudge back to the cars.

Throughout the walk there are some spectacular views to the east over Beetaloo Valley & beyond, and to the west over Spencer Gulf.In every sense a tough but rewarding walk.


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 there the walk follows a series of country roads, often providing wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Dinner on Saturday night will at the Laura North Hotel from 6.15-6.30pm.

The theme for the evening will be the seventies. Take inspiration from the Music, Dress or Events of the era to celebrate another wonderful season of walking along the Trail.
Saturday 19 October, 2019
to Sunday 20 October, 2019 (2 days)
Christopher Gower
Dom Henschke
Helen Morgante
John Babister
Marlene Henschke
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Meeting Location

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Walk Fees

Saturday (19/10/19)

Walk Specifics (Sat)
Mt.Zion, Mills Rd.
Wirrabara Forest
Risks (Sat)
Some Steep and slippery climbs descents during the course of a demanding walk.
Good quality footwear and clothing, rainjacket, hat, sunscreen, walking poles, morning tea, lunch and plenty of water.

Sunday (20/10/19)

Walk Specifics (Sun)
Bowman Park.
Mt.Zion, Mills Road
Approx. 16klms
Risks (Sun)
Main road crossing at Hughes Gap. Also need to be careful when walking along the roads from Hughes Gap to the finish at Mills Rd as they are popular 4WD routes.
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. Go-Cart Track Shelter
  2. 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. Crystal Brook
  2. Wirrabara
  3. Bowman Hut & Camp Site
  4. Murray Town
  5. Melrose
  6. Crystal Brook Caravan Park
  7. Wirrabara Hotel
  8. Murray Town campsite
  9. North Star Inn
  10. Mount Remarkable Hotel Motel
  11. Melrose Caravan and Tourist Park
  12. Melrose Holiday Units
  13. Kookaburra Creek Bush Retreat
  14. Melrose Place
  15. DD’s B&B and Wozza’s Vault Cafe
  16. A Little Pug Cottage at Melrose

Event created: 10:14pm Friday 19 October, 2018
Event last edited: 2:54pm Thursday 17 October, 2019