Helen Jensen completes the BLSA Day Walk Leader Certificate

We’ve been offering training to members of our hiking clubs to complete Bushwalking Leadership SA’s Day Walk Leader Certificate. We’ve been able to provide this with grant support from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing.

Heather JensenLast month one of our first group of students, Heather Jensen, graduated. Heather is a member of Adelaide Bushwalkers and the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

The Day Walk Leader Certificate equips people to lead single day bushwalking trips.

Heather found the planning elements tedious, but has been surprised to learn it to be the most critical aspect of preparing for the hike. It has allowed her to be prepared and confident when leading a hike – and indeed enjoy the experience – knowing when to proceed or pull the pin, and understand the potential hazards and how mitigate those with contingency plans.

Through the course Heather has realised that she has been overly reliant on easy and accessible smartphone and devices to work out where she is in the bush. The course has equipped her with the knowledge to navigate via the “old school compass and map” method. Having seen that sometimes technology can fail or fall short, her approach now is a mix of both methods. Technology can interfere with the walk and enjoyment of it and is not necessary to get out there.

“I found when I only had the paper map to follow, I took a lot more notice of my surroundings and although this takes longer to stop and check where I am on the map, it is much more satisfying.”

On her practical trip when she led a small group on a hike she had planned, one of the hikers had a fall.

“The course taught me how to handle a variety of emergency situations, and with my First Aid skills, gave me the confidence to be calm with the injured hiker and the rest of the group, so as to best help the person and group.”

The course is delivered over multiple sessions with a five-hour practical, which as a bonus gives students time to take in what they are learning, explore the issues more and raise questions.

“I believe the course provides a good grounding in how to be a good day hike bushwalking leader and all groups should be sending their leaders on the course to ensure the safety of those in their care.  Experience and practice will help me to continue to understand and maintain what I have learned.”

You can find out more about upcoming training dates by contacting us.

Showcasing a Walking Organisation: the Friends of the Heysen Trail celebrates 35 years

Celebrating 35 years of volunteering to keep the Heysen Trail Alive!

For the past 35 years members of the Friends of the Heysen Trail (the Friends) have worked to develop and support the Heysen Trail, South Australia’s 1200km adventure hike. The continued existence and access for walkers on the Heysen Trail depends upon the work done by volunteers.

Formed in 1986 to provide volunteer support for the initial planning and construction of the Heysen Trail, the Friends has continued to work closely with relevant state government departments, currently the Department for Environment and Water, to maintain and develop the Trail. Since that time, the Friends has vigorously advocated for and contributed to construction of additional campsites and facilities. During the past 10 years our volunteers have built and installed major improvements including:

  • Water tanks: 15
  • Pit toilets: 8
  • Campsite platforms: 18
  • Cabins with bunks: 1
  • Huts refurbished: 6

The Friends are fortunate to have a large group of volunteers (we are all volunteers) involved in the office, administration, trail development works, promotions, our ‘Trailwalker’ magazine, and the extensive walk programme. The large range of activities ensures there’s a place for all those who would like to help support Australia’s 1200km adventure hike, the Heysen Trail.

Walking – The Friends deliver a comprehensive program of bushwalks, TrailStarters and TrailWalkers, are day walks accessible from Adelaide. TrailStarter walks are shorter walks, with a walk time of about 3 to 4 hours and are not too physically demanding. TrailWalker walks are reasonably demanding for walkers who have walked regularly in various terrain. With a walking time of about 5 to 6 hours they require a higher degree of physical fitness. Summer Walks are generally shorter walks held over summer, many at evening twilight time with a sociable meal after, to keep up fitness and friendships.

The End to End walk program is for those wishing to walk some or all of the Heysen Trail. To hike the 1200km involves approximately sixty day walks, spread over six seasons. The southern walks, from Cape Jervis to Kapunda, are held on one Saturday or Sunday per month during the walk season. Due to the greater travelling distances involved, from Kapunda northwards, the walks are held over one weekend a month. The Friends organise many of the logistics making it a safe and supported way to hike the entire trail. With walking times of about 5 to 6 hours these hikes are for those who have walked regularly in various terrain and have a high degree of physical fitness. In 2021 there will be 7 groups walking separate sections on the Heysen Trail.

The Friends membership fee is $25 per year. A charge of $10 per walk applies for most walks, with $5 for Summer Walks. A Golden Boots card provides 12 months of walks for the one $75 fee. After two walks, guest members need to join as members. Proceeds from the walks are returned to support and promote the Heysen Trail. Currently the Friends has around 1,200 members.

You can find out more, including the walk program and guidelines for walkers at heysentrail.asn.au.


You can view all our walking clubs at walkingsa.org.au/walk/list-of-walking-clubs-south-australia.

Are you planning a walking group in Kuitpo or Mount Crawford forests?

The number of people and groups visiting our forests has been increasing, particularly since COVID.

For all small group day activities, including those run by walking clubs, ForestrySA requests the organiser confirms they can proceed as planned, and are not impacted by forest operations and other events in the vicinity.

At least two weeks prior, please send an email to recreation@forestrysa.com.au with the following details:

  1. Event Organiser name + contact details
  2. Expected number of attendees
  3. Dates/s and timing of arrival and departure to forest
  4. Map or route, and itinerary for proposed activities

Discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at this Sunday’s Hiking Expo

At this Sunday’s Hiking Expo discover hiking trails, who to hike with & the good hiking gear at the Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers and walking clubs. Free entry, 9am to 2pm at Main Oval, Belair National Park.

Explore the national park on one of the the guided hikes. With options ranging from 45mins to 3 hours, child friendly, dog friendly and Accessible walks there is something for everyone.

Exhibitors include:

  • Walking SA

    Walking SA is the not-for-profit peak body that promotes and supports all forms of walking in South Australia. Our vision is to see more people walking more often.

    With over 750 trails on our website, find a place to walk, hike or bushwalk across South Australia. From a 1 hour walk near your home with your dog, to a half day hike in a national park, or a longer trail further afield, you’re only ever two feet from some of the best places in South Australia.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au

  • Adelaide 100

    The Adelaide100 is a 100km circuit walk that traverses the city and the suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. Trail work is currently underway to open the trail in 2022. The trail can be started from any point along the circuit,
    and spans from the beautiful coastline, through the CBD and suburbs, and into
    the Adelaide Hills.

    Find out more at adelaide100.com.au

  • Adelaide Bushwalkers

    Adelaide Bushwalkers specialise in multi-day wilderness hiking with full packs and camping gear along with other complementary activities such as day walking, kayaking, cycling and social activities for the benefit of their members.

    Find out more at adelaidebushwalkers.org

  • ARPA Bushwalkers

    ARPA bushwalkers is an activity subgroup of ARPA active over 50’s Association (SA) Inc. Each month the Bushwalkers organise over 20 day walks in and around Adelaide, ranging from gentle 2-3 hour strolls to challenging 5-6 hour hikes. They run a number of camps each year within Australia and also overseas, and organise small groups walking the complete Heysen Trail.

    Find out more at arpabushwalkers.org.au

  • Australian Native Food Company

    Gourmet Artisan products infused with native superfoods. At Australian Native Food Co we are committed to creating Unique, Flavorsome and Nutritious foods using the finest of Australia’s Native Ingredients, thus bringing products from farm to plate.

    Australian Native Food co is your one stop for native Australian based products. Our company prides itself on sourcing local ingredients from local sustainable sources.

    Our products range from native jams, dukkha, vegan chocolates, loose leaf tea and herbs, to body & aroma products including candles with native Australian goodness.

    We combine this with current food trends and we aim to serve up a range of products that have Superfood health benefits at the same time as tasting absolutely delicious.

    We gather all our produce from all over Australia depending on seasons and availability. All production is done locally in South Australia. We endeavour to source from communities and also support local farmers in the industry.

    Most recently we have expanded our range to aromas, teas and body products. Australian Native Food Co. is proud to be a part of the Australian Food and Lifestyle Landscape and endeavour to keep developing delicious products and forging the path with Australian native ingredients.

    Creating brighter futures, supporting community and changing peoples lives… one step at time.

    Find out more at australiannativefoodco.com.au

  • Big Heart Adventures

    Big Heart Adventures is a family owned walking company specialising in wellness walks and tours. We connect people with themselves, the natural environment, and the walking community. A strong emphasis is placed on personal development and positive mental health outcomes through nature immersion. Our wellness walks and tours cater for all abilities (beginner level to advanced trekkers), so there are plenty of options available and no pressure. We have a women’s only walking program (Wise Women Walking) plus walks for men and women.

    Find out more at bigheartadventures.com.au

  • Breathe Fitness

    Fitness for your Body and Mind. Imagine leaving a training session, not only proud of yourself but with a smile on your face! That is what Breathe Fitness is.

    While every session is varied, there will always be a focus on functional fitness; exercises that will enhance your day to day life and build your strength so that you can explore more of the wonderful walks in SA.

    Find out more at facebook.com/SheenaBreatheFitness

  • Bushwalking Leadership SA

    Bushwalking Leadership South Australia (BLSA) have trained walk leaders in South Australia since 1973. The Leadership certificates have been developed over time by highly experienced people. As a result they are a requirement of the South Australian Education Department for leaders and teachers when conducting day and multi day bushwalking expeditions with students. The course is also also matched to the training package for walking and is compliant with the South Australian and Australian Adventure Activity Standards.

    Our courses range from becoming day walk leaders, leading multi day walks and advanced bushwalking in remote areas.

    Find out more at bushwalkingleadership.org.au

  • Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA

    There is no better time to discover travelling in your own backyard. Caravan and Camping SA promotes everything caravan and camping within South Australia. Providing tips and tricks, the best places to stay and explore, for new travellers, experienced travellers and everyone in between.

    Find out more at caravanandcampingsa.com.au

  • Carto Graphics

    Carto Graphics, your specialist map store providing an extensive range of local and interstate walking and adventure maps and books.

    Find out more at cartographics.com.au

  • ForestrySA

    Find yourself in the Forest. As South Australia’s home grown plantation and community forest manager since 1875, ForestrySA manages sustainable, multi-use forests for economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Camp, run, walk, hike, ride, dive… we have magical places where you can choose your own adventure.

    Find out more at forestrysa.com.au

  • Friends of Belair National Park

    The Friends of Belair National Park have been caring for Belair for more than 35 years. Come and talk to us about Bush Care and other activities.

    Find out more at friendsofbelairpark.org.au

  • Friends of the Heysen Trail

    The 1200km hiking trail, the Heysen Trail, covers some of South Australia’s most diverse and breathtaking landscapes, traversing coastal cliffs, beaches, native bushland, rugged gorges, pine forests and vineyards, as well as rich farmland and historic towns. Walk from Cape Jervis in the south to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, or hike from top to bottom.

    The Trail passes through some of the most scenic parts of the state including national parks, state forests and internationally acclaimed tourist destinations, including the Barossa Valley and the stunning Wilpena Pound, star of the Flinders Ranges.

    The not-for-profit organisation the Friends of the Heysen Trail maintains the Heysen Trail in partnership with the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

    A regular walking program occurs year-wide, with different grades of walks catering for beginners to experienced walkers.

    Find out more at heysentrail.asn.au

  • Heart Foundation Walking

    Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking community. Since 1995, over 145,000 participants have logged 6 million walks – a social, fun, free and easy way to be active.

    Find out more at walking.heartfoundation.org.au

  • The Hydropath Society Wine Hikes

    There is a special magic to enjoying a bottle of wine in the great outdoors, enplein air, as the French might say. Follow a meandering trail to a brilliant vista and delight in a brisk walk across the ridgeline. The confluence of beautiful natural environments and an incredible selection of eclectic wines coupled with delectable provisions and stellar views sums up the Wine Hike Experience.

    Spend a rollicking afternoon with winemaker and educator, om Robinson as he guides you across gentle landscapes of pure vinous pleasure!

    Find out more at hydropathwines.com/wine-hikes

  • ioMerino

    ‘io’ stands for ‘Into’ the ‘Outdoors’. Because ioMerino is the perfect, natural clothing to wear outdoors. Whether that be on trail, on mountain, on the water… anywhere outdoors.

    Find out more at iomerino.com

  • Native Orchid Society of South Australia

    The Native Orchid Society of South Australia is a group of enthusiastic orchid lovers who promote the conservation of Australian native orchids through cultivation, education and the preservation of naturally occurring orchids and natural habitat.

    One of the exciting projects we support is the national Wild Orchid Watch (WOW) project that helps the public collect orchid data which directs conservation efforts. At the same WOW assists you with identification of your orchid photos.

    Find out more at nossa.org.au

  • National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia

    Walk, cycle, holiday, hike, camp, 4WD, swim and more in inspiring natural places with National Parks SA.

    From seemingly endless red sand dunes to rugged mountain scenery, sandy beaches, diverse bushland and cherished picnic and camping grounds, South Australia boasts an extensive and comprehensive parks system.

    Parks encompass more than 20 percent of the state and offer a wide range of experiences. Whether you want to take it easy on a local walking trail, cuddle a koala, fish magnificent beaches, dive with sharks or sleep under the stars, there’s an adventure for everyone.

    Find out more at parks.sa.gov.au

  • Orange Mud Australia

    Trail. Road. Wherever.

    At Orange Mud it’s very simple, make the most efficient, well crafted gear. Our design team has spent years competing in adventure racing, mountain bike racing, trail running, marathons, Ironman’s and some awfully fun outdoor adventures. Whatever your next outdoor adventure is, we have you covered.

    Find out more at orangemud.com.au

  • Orienteering SA

    Orienteering is a sport where competitors visit a number of points marked on the ground, controls, in the shortest possible time aided by a map and compass, and using the MapRunF smartphone app.

    Try it out in a small group or alone. Orienteering is a sport for all ages – with competitors from about 5 years of age up into the 90s. It can be enjoyed as a recreational activity or a competitive sport.

    Try out some orienteering on the day with come and try orienteering courses. There is a free string-orienteering course suitable for children, and for adults choose a courses from easy and short, to hard and long, find out more

    Find out more at sa.orienteering.asn.au

  • Outdoors SA

    Outdoors SA is the peak representative and advocacy for outdoor adventure and recreational activities in South Australia. Encompassing outdoor education, tourism, recreation, associations, clubs, businesses and suppliers.

    Our focus is to help bring together the outdoor industry as a whole to ensure that it continues to grow and receives the support it needs to go from strength to strength.

    Find out more at outdoorssa.org.au

  • Paddy Pallin

    From its early days Paddy Pallin Adventure Equipment has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, trekkers and travellers with the highest quality and most advanced products from some of the world’s leading manufacturers. Staffed by passionate and knowledgeable outdoors people who are able to speak from experience to ensure you get the right equipment and clothing for your next adventure.

    Find out more at paddypallin.com.au

  • Pioneer Women’s Trail (Hahndorf National Trust)

    Our annual walk on the Pioneer Women’s Trail honours the early European settlers from Hahndorf who supplied Adelaide with fresh produce at a time when most foodstuffs had to be imported into South Australia.

    Join the 2021 Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk on Sunday 16 May 2021, choose from 12km, 19km and 26km options.

    Find out more at nationaltrust.org.au/event/2021-pioneer-womens-walk

  • Recycle your Quality Outdoor Gear

    Promote sustainability by selling or donating outdoor gear to the Recycle Your Quality Outdoor Gear Stall. It could be shoes or a backpack that you bought but didn’t turn out to be for you, but is still quite new, or it could be a used piece of gear that still has some life.

    View the stall brochure.

    Drop off items before the Expo to Hallett Cove, or at the stall on the day. View the information form to include with items.

    Find out more at walkingsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Recycle-Stall-Flyer-2021.pdf

  • Reservoirs South Australia

    Home to unique flora and fauna, our reservoir reserves are open for adventure and offer access to special parts of South Australia. Immerse yourself in beautiful natural landscapes while enjoying a walk, hike, run or cycle on a series of trails with stunning water views.

    Find out more at reservoirs.sa.gov.au

  • South Australian Recreation Trails Inc (SARTI) – Lavender Federation Trail

    Volunteers in SARTI build and maintain walking trails. Our main trail is the Lavender Federation Trail. Discover the rare and unique beauty of this 325km walking trail from Murray Bridge in the South to Clare in the North. For Cyclists there is a special Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C). Enjoy one of the many loop or spur trails running off the Lavender Federation Trail, each with their own story to tell and beauty to discover.

    Find out more at lavenderfederationtrail.org.au

  • Scout Outdoor Centre

    Scout Outdoor Centre caters for all your travel, hiking and adventure needs. A great range of brands, advice and service is on offer. Visit your leading specialist in adventure travel at 192 Rundle Street or shop with them online.

    Find out more at soc.com.au

  • Southern Ocean Walk

    The Southern Ocean Walk is a fully guided 4 day – 3 night immersive experience that showcases some of the most spectacular sections of the iconic Heysen Trail between
    Cape Jervis and Victor Harbor. New for 2021 is our 1 day – 1 night tour, A Taste of the Southern Ocean Walk, which is a wonderful introduction to this magnificent landscape.

    Our walks include guides, daily trail transfers, accommodation, all meals, and use of equipment.

    Find out more at southernoceanwalk.com.au

  • Snowys Outdoors

    Over at Snowys, we live and breathe camping, hiking, 4WDing, caravan and travel…and we want to help everyone else enjoy it too. We’re Aussie owned and operated since we started in 1995, but we’re not just another camping store – we’re passionate about giving our customers an awesome retail experience from start to finish. Whether you’re a beginner or lifelong adventurer, we’ve got a huge range of products from the best brands at the lowest prices to help you get out there and explore.

    Find out more at snowys.com.au

  • St. Agnes Bushwalkers

    If you want to enjoy some beautiful countryside while increasing your fitness, then join the St Agnes Bushwalkers Our different walks cater for varying fitness levels, whilst our competent and experienced leaders will show you parts of the Adelaide hills, plains and beaches that you never knew existed.

    Find out more at communitywebs.org/StAgnesBushWalkers