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Daily Diary

Day 1 – Parachilna Gorge to Aroona Campground
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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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Day 6 – Mayo Hut to Hawker
9 months ago

Day 6 – Mayo Hut to Hawker

By  •  Heysen Trail

There are few things a hiker looks forward to more than a shower, a schnitzel and to slip between the sheets of a toasty bed. Hawker, a quiet township billed …
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Day 7 – Hawker to Mt Elm School Campsite
9 months ago

Day 7 – Hawker to Mt Elm School Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

While I’d briefly misplaced the trail several times by the end of Week 1, the overgrown Yourambulla Range left me completely befuddled. The view from on top of Jervis Hill was …
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Day 8 – Mt Elm School Shelter to Buckaringa North Campsite
9 months ago

Day 8 – Mt Elm School Shelter to Buckaringa North Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

It doesn’t matter how far you trek or how many litres of sweat you lose, the sunsets in the Flinders Ranges make every ache sting that little bit less. The …
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Day 9 – Buckaringa North Campsite to Mt Arden South Campsite
9 months ago

Day 9 – Buckaringa North Campsite to Mt Arden South Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

By now it shouldn’t have surprised me, but the quick-fire changes in scenery kept on coming. In fact, the dynamic stretch on Day 9 was the poster boy of diversity. Stony tracks, …
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Day 10 – Mt Arden South Campsite to Eyre Depot
9 months ago

Day 10 – Mt Arden South Campsite to Eyre Depot

By  •  Heysen Trail

There aren’t many reasons to backtrack along an already conquered section of trail at an ungodly hour of the morning—Mt Arden’s sweeping dawn view is one of them. Despite a tortuously early …
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