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Heysen Trail Itinerary
12 months ago

Heysen Trail Itinerary

By  •  Heysen Trail

Always plan an itinerary (even if you don’t stick to it).

The Heysen Trail possesses over 200 different accommodation options on or alongside its winding route. Many of the huts, shelters …
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Interview with Black Dog Institute – Email Sendout

By  •  Heysen Trail

Online Interview with Black Dog Institute, February 2019.

Tanunda’s Josh West has seen first-hand the sights and sounds of amazing travel destinations across the world, including South America, Europe and …
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Interview with Angela Smallacombe – ABC Radio

By  •  Heysen Trail

Radio interview on North and West SA ABC Radio, August 2018.

Angela: Good Morning, Josh.

Josh: Hello Angela. Thanks for having me on.

A: Thanks for having a chat. Now, …
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Reflecting on my most fulfilling year
1 year ago

Reflecting on my most fulfilling year

By  •  Journal

I sit here in a cushioned alcove overlooking the lakeside village of Åre, Sweden after surviving (and I honestly mean surviving) my first three days of snowboarding. I’ve somersaulted on …
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‘Josh treks for a cause’
1 year ago

‘Josh treks for a cause’

By  •  Heysen Trail

Published in The Leader Newspaper, October 2018.

Having grown up in the Barossa Valley, one man’s fascination for South Australia’s Heysen Trail recently led him to complete the 1,200-kilometre adventure.


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Day 1 – Parachilna Gorge to Aroona Campground
1 year ago

Day 1 – Parachilna Gorge to Aroona Campground

By  •  Heysen Trail

The date was August 13, 2018, my bag was heavy, the hour was late, the sun was high and South Australia’s mid-north temperatures were heating up. However, at least my …
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Day 2 – Aroona Campground to Yanyanna Hut
1 year ago

Day 2 – Aroona Campground to Yanyanna Hut

By  •  Heysen Trail

Everything came up ‘Heysen’ on Day 2. From the name of the vibrant range that surrounded the Aroona Campground to discovering the lookout where Sir Hans painted the ‘Three Sisters of Aroona’ way …
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Day 3 – Yanyanna Hut to Wilpena Pound Resort
1 year ago

Day 3 – Yanyanna Hut to Wilpena Pound Resort

By  •  Heysen Trail

Quite honestly, Day 3 of the Heysen Trail was the hardest 24 hours of my life. When I finally staggered into Wilpena Pound Resort in the late afternoon, I was on the verge …
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Day 4 – Wilpena Pound Resort to Red Range Campsite
1 year ago

Day 4 – Wilpena Pound Resort to Red Range Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

It’s incredible how quickly your mood can improve with the right stimuli. Following several meaningful revelations and one of the most phenomenal landscapes I’d ever witnessed, my body and mind …
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Day 5 – Red Range Campsite to Mayo Hut
1 year ago

Day 5 – Red Range Campsite to Mayo Hut

By  •  Heysen Trail

Compared to an unrelentingly undulating Day 4, the relatively even 17-kilometre stretch on Day 5 was just the ‘rest’ my exhausted legs had screamed for. I spent the day zipping between dry creek …
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