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End-to-End Walks

End-to-end walks are run as part of our walk programme, and are for those wishing to complete the entire Heysen Trail. As the schedule and trail logistics are done by the Friends organisation it is easy for walkers to participate, and many enjoy the social aspect of the group.

Frequency

Completion video of End-to-End 3, August 2011
Editors: Peter and Veronica Eaton. Sound track: Jack Cox.

There are approximately sixty day walks involved, spread over six years. The southern walks, from Cape Jervis to Kapunda, are held one Sunday a month during the walk season - from April to November each year. Over summer, during the Fire Danger Season, the Heysen Trail is closed. From Kapunda northwards, due to the greater travelling distances involved, the walk is held over a weekend. When the group reaches much further north from Adelaide, beyond Quorn in the sixth and final year, the walks are conducted as a long weekend and week long walk.

On the Day

On the day walkers drive to the end of the day's walk. Sometimes they may meet somewhere in the metropolitan area to carpool. Leaving their cars at the end of the day's walk, they board a charter bus which takes the group to the start of the day's walk. From there they hike to the end of the day's walk and their cars.

End-to-End Groups

There are many end-to-end groups, some are at various points along the trail, others have now finished the trail. Each has started at the start of the Heysen Trail at Cape Jervis. Each group takes six years to walk the trail. Some people walk with more than one end-to-end group so as to walk more than once a month, thereby completing the trail in less than six years.

Two-Day Weekend Walks

On the two-day weekend walks, from the middle or end of the third year, the group walks on the Saturday, stays overnight in a local town (in B&B accommodation, motels, caravan parks), often sharing a meal, and then walking again on Sunday. Walkers need to arrange their own accommodation.

Requirements

End-to-End walks are reasonably demanding and for walkers who have walked regularly in various terrain. They have a walking time of 5 to 8 hours and will require a high degree of physical fitness.

All walks are subject to you wearing appropriate clothing. Prime considerations are warmth and weather protection. Your safety and the safety of the walking group can be jeopardised by you wearing inappropriate clothing. In an emergency situation it can take hours to evacuate a sick or injured walker. Leaders may not accept people for a walk who have not come appropriately dressed or prepared.

Registration

All intending walkers must register to participate in a walk. Registrations for walks open 4 weeks prior to the walk event, and close in the week leading up to the walk. You can register online via the Walk Programme calendar, you will be advised of the meeting place and time. Alternatively, you may phone the Friends of the Heysen Trail office to register over the phone.

Cost

Finishing the Heysen Trail at Parachilna Gorge
There are several options for walk payments:

  • Casual, pay $8 per walk, payment upon registration (under 18s $1 per walk)
  • Multi-walk Pass, pre-purchase a pass of 5 walks for $30 ($6 per walk), passes valid for 12 months. These can be pre-purchased at the shop
  • Golden Boots, purchase at the start of the walk season for $60 with your application or renewal, allowing unlimited walks (not valid for Summer Twilight Walks)

A bus is hired for End-to-End walks. Each walker will need to pay the bus fee in addition to their walk payment.

Completion Certificate

The Friends of the Heysen Trail issue a certificate and badge for those completing the whole Trail.