"Wait, what? You hiked the whole Heysen Trail? How did you survive?"
The question of supplies inevitably arises when discussing thru-hiking the Heysen Trail. Organising months worth of food and hiking essentials can be a complicated process. Everything from coordinating supply box deliveries, to calculating the life span of a fuel canister, to preparing, purchasing or dehydrating your meals needs consideration well before setting off on the trail. Your resupply method is highly personal and will largely depend on your walking pace, dietary requirements and hiking budget.
After coordinating my itinerary, I began organising supply boxes to be dropped and stored along the route. Pre-purchasing and delivering boxes full of toilet paper, fuel canisters, Heysen Trail maps and dehydrated food allowed me time, when I eventually arrived in each town, to concentrate on the important things like raiding pie warmers and locating the nearest parmy. Notwithstanding the box drops, I left enough room in my bag to stock up along the trail. You never know what you’ll crave after walking 100 kilometres.
Heysen Trail Resupply Plan (North to South)
Km to next food stop
My Box Drops
The Georgetown General Store stock a limited supply of food and essentials.
A residential property stored my box of hiking supplies, however, numerous options should be available for box drops. Various dining options available. Tanunda Foodland stock an extensive supply of food and essentials.
Remember, this is only a guide.
As always, do your own research when planning to walk the Heysen Trail. The details in the above list were recorded for my journey from August to October, 2018. Distances, routes, prices, shop opening times and hotels willing to stockpile hikers’ supply boxes, can change suddenly. The Friends of the Heysen Trail feature an online Service Directory for anyone planning to hike the trail.
Support SA’s regional businesses.
Whenever you make a purchase along the trail, you are supporting a community that helps maintain the Heysen Trail. If a hotel stores your supply box, order a beer and a meal from the bar (I can personally recommend all chicken schnitzels on the trail). If you walk past a local general store, go in and buy a chocolate bar. Every small gesture helps sustain these often remote South Australian regions.