Route

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Overview

The Heysen Trail is 1,200 kilometres long. It is a daunting expedition to organise, so Nick has split the walk into 4 different parts. Each part will cover between 300-350 kilometres and Nick plans to walk each part in 3 weeks. Nick will walk for 6 days at a time and have a recovery day each week. After each part Nick will have a week off to recover and get his strength back. Nick has planned it so each part also has a additional 4 days that can be used for extra rest or if the weather prevents him from walking for the day. He also plans to have a support vehicle following me for the entirety of the walk. This will be a huge benefit as the weight in my pack will be drastically reduced and he can take the load off his body as much as possible.

All dates are subject to change. If you would like to walk with Nick in any of the 4 parts please contact him at nickhepper2@hotmail.com to organise a date.

We expect the dates to change the deeper Nick gets into his walk as the constant walking will have a impact on his body.

Part 1- Parachilna Gorge to Wilmington (May 5th- 25th)

1

Part 1 will see Nick walk 300 kilometres. This will be the most remote area in which he will be walking, which means he will be separated from his support vehicle throughout this part. There will be a number of days where he will be on his own carrying his gear. This is achievable as I will be at full strength for Part 1.

Week 1 highlights (100.5 kilometres)

  • Yanyanna Hut
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Red Range Camp

Week 2 highlights (102 kilometres)

  • Following Memmerna and Wonoka Creek
  • Hawker
  • Mount Arden

Week 3 highlights (90 kilometres)

  • Dutchman Stern
  • Quorn
  • Pichi Richi railway
  • Mount Brown
  • Wilmington

Part 2- Wilmington to Burra (June 5th- 25th)

2

Part 2 will see him walk 370 kilometres. He will be walking across some hilly remote areas but also some large open flat areas. The support vehicle will be accompanying him during this section but there will be some small sections where this isn’t possible. As the trail gets closer to Burra the walk is more accessible, therefore allowing the support vehicle to meet him almost every day.

Week 1 highlights (123 kilometres)

  • Mount Remarkable
  • Melrose
  • Wirrabara Forest

Week 2 highlights (140 kilometres)

  • Crystal Brook
  • Georgetown
  • Bundaleer Forest
  • Spalding

Week 3 highlights (106.5 kilometres)

  • Brown Hill Range
  • Hallett
  • Mount Bryan
  • Caroona Creek Conservation Park
  • Burra

Part 3- Burra to Kuitpo Forest (July 6th- 27th)

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Part 3 will see him walk 351 kilometres. This will be the 2nd largest leg and the most physically challenging part of the walk. The 1st week is rather flat but as soon as the trail hits the Adelaide Hills it turns into unrelenting up and down climbs. Luckily the closer he gets to Adelaide, the easier it becomes to get supplies. There are only 2 nights in which Nick will be on his own for this part. He will stay In Adelaide for 3 nights on his way through, as there aren’t many camp sites between Norton Summit and Bridgewater.

Week 1 highlights (143 kilometres)

  • North Mount Lofty Rangers
  • Tothill Range
  • Marrabel
  • Kapunda

Week 2 highlights (93.5 kilometres)

  • Greenock
  • Tanunda
  • Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park
  • Mount Crawford Forest

Week 3 highlights (114.5 kilometres)

  • Mount Crawford Forest
  • Adelaide
  • Morialta Conservation park
  • Norton Summit and Mount Lofty
  • Bridgewater
  • Kuitpo Forest

Part 4- Kuitpo Forest to Cape Jervis (August 7th- 18th)

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Part 4 will see Nick walk 170 kilometres. This is the smallest leg to be walked. As soon as he passes Mount Compass he has a relatively easy walk until he hits the Fleurieu Peninsula coast. The trail becomes hill climb after hill climb along the coast and it gets even worse when Nick comes to Deep Creek Conservation Park. Nick’s very last day of the walk into Cape Jervis is nice and flat, which is ideal after walking 1,200 kilometres.

Week 1 Highlights (110 kilometres)

  • Mount Compass
  • Myponga
  • Encounter Bay
  • Waitpinga Beach

Week 2 Highlights (60 kilometres)

  • Tunkalilla Beach
  • Deep Creek Conservation Park
  • Blowhole Beach
  • Cape Jervis

The Entire Route

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