Auditor sought for Walking SA for 2015/2016 financial year

Auditor sought for Walking SA starting with the 2015/2016 financial year.

We’re looking for a person or company/partnership to audit our accounts and help us ensure we’re meeting all our statutory financial and tax obligations. Walking SA is a micro organisation with less than $100 000 turnover and a well organised accounting system using Xero.

The members of Walking SA are hoping to continue the fortunate practice of pro-bono auditor services.

If you can offer your services or would like further information, please contact the Treasurer, Ian Budenberg, on 08 8390 1574 or

Lavender Federation Trail successful in grant to extend to Clare

Lavender Federation Trail successful in grant to extend to Clare

posted via Friends of the Heysen Trail

The Lavender Federation Trail has received grant funding to extend the trail from its trailhead at Eudunda on to Clare.

Constructed over the next 18 months, the 106km extension will bring the trail to a total 320km length. The extension also includes an 8km Point Pass Loop Trail and a 7km Robertstown Spur Trail.

The Lavender Federation Trail will also intersect with the Riesling Trail and Rattler Trails.

Special Celebration

The trail extension will intersect the Heysen Trail at Webb Gab. A special event is planned for April 2016 to celebrate the crossing of the two long-distance trails.

And More Loop Trails Announced

The Lavender Federation Trail have also announced other new trail developments:

  • 8km proposed loop trail through Monarto
  • funding granted for 9km Saunders Gorge Spur Trail

Spring is near: Explore new places to hike

Spring is near, Explore new places to hike

Spring feels like it’s in the wind. Days are getting longer. Is it time to explore to some new places to hike?

There are 80 trails and hikes in our Find a Place to Walk directory. We’ve recently added 50 new entries.

Here’s a short selection of great hikes

Sturt Gorge Loop

Sturt Gorge Loop

3 hours, 7 km loop

A walk along the River Trail in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park. See a Kaurna camp oven in a small cave in a cliff. The trail climbs out of the Gorge giving views over the Adelaide Plains.

Easily done with public transport.

Hidden Gorge, Mambray Creek

Hidden Gorge Hike, Mambray Creek

7 hours return, 18km circuit bushwalk

Camping options for tents, cars and caravans at the trailhead at Mambray Creek. Extend the walk over several days by carrying your tent and camping at Hidden Gorge Campsite.

Loop Walk around Mount Lofty on the Heysen Trail

Loop Walk around Mount Lofty on the Heysen Trail

3-4 hours, 7.5 km loop

Experience a Heysen Trail highlight: summit of Mt Lofty, quaint cottages and Piccadilly Valley, Mt Lofty Botanical Gardens & forests of Cleland National Park.

Easily done with public transport.

Victor Harbor Heritage Trail, from the Bluff

Victor Harbor Heritage Trail, from the Bluff

3.4km, 2 hours return

This trail goes from the Bluff, past Petrel Cove to Kings Beach, connecting with the Heysen Trail. A dog and child friendly walk. Watch out for dolphins and whales off shore. Extend the hike by walking on further on the Heysen Trail to Waitpinga Cliffs, or by starting the trail in central Victor Harbor.

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

Free Seminar, Why Take a Hike on a Long Distance Trail

Professor Taylor Stein
University of Florida

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

Professor Taylor Stein, University of FloridaFind 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

Survey on the Best Walks of SA

Survey on the Best walks of SA

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

Submit the survey below and enter your 6 favourite walks:

  • 3 x favourite day walks
  • 3 x favourite overnight 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.

Browse through our 80 entries in the Find a Place to Walk directory for some inspiration.

Chambers Gully Track Closure Due to RockSlide

Chambers Gully Rockslide, Burnside Track trail closure, 13 August 2015

Due to a rock slip on the Chambers Gully Track on 5th August 2015, the single-track walking track has been temporarily closed whilst the City of Burnside clears the debris. Walkers should avoid the track.

The story was reported by The Advertiser, which named the track as the Chambers Gully Track. This is the official name of the track, although some walkers refer to this track section as the Burnside Track, or the Goat Track. The track affected is the single-track walking trail which begins at the gate entrance to Cleland National Park (not to be confused with the gate entry immediately off Waterfall Gully Road). Refer to the map for more detail.

This closure temporarily affects the following walks:

Map of Chambers Gully Rockslide, Burnside Track trail closure, 13 August 2015