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Flinders Ranges

Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook
3 months ago

Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook

For the most part, the terrain throughout the Flinders Ranges was immaculately untamed. While there were bursts of groomed vegetation en route to Wilmington on Day 14 and alongside the rain-soaked paths …
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Day 15 – Wilmington to Gray’s Hut
4 months ago

Day 15 – Wilmington to Gray’s Hut

My legs were pulsating when I arrived at Wilmington’s Beautiful Valley Caravan Park in the back of my parents’ car. After a depleting Day 14 transversing undulating countryside, my body was …
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Day 16 – Gray’s Hut to Melrose
4 months ago

Day 16 – Gray’s Hut to Melrose

I ended Day 15 with a conundrum; my rain jacket had gone rogue. I combed the hut accommodation and the surrounding paddocks for signs of a crumpled heap of water-repellant …
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Day 17 – Melrose (Rest Day)
4 months ago

Day 17 – Melrose (Rest Day)

I received my fair share of advice before commencing the Heysen Trail. Some tips were extremely helpful, others seemed a little nutty. Some suggestions single-handedly pulled me through each day, …
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Day 18 – Melrose to Murray Town
4 months ago

Day 18 – Melrose to Murray Town

The first 17 days on the trail was near idyllic; warm days, clear blue skies and very little wind. Other than a few exceptions, including suffering dehydration in Wilpena Pound, a …
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Day 19 – Murray Town to Go-Cart Track Shelter
4 months ago

Day 19 – Murray Town to Go-Cart Track Shelter

If I had a ‘taste’ of wet weather walking on Day 18, I had a twelve-course meal complete with complimentary drinks on Day 19. Other than a short break for …
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Day 20 – Go-Cart Track Shelter
4 months ago

Day 20 – Go-Cart Track Shelter

Often along the trail, you must push yourself to continually place one foot in front of the other. A battle of persistence over monotony – chew through the tough times to …
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Day 21 – Go-Cart Track Shelter to Beetaloo Creek Campsite
4 months ago

Day 21 – Go-Cart Track Shelter to Beetaloo Creek Campsite

24 hours marooned at the Go-Cart Track Shelter on Day 20 was enough inactivity for my ‘hiking legs’ to suffer unbearable itchiness. My body had grown used to constant movement …
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Day 8 – Mt Elm School Shelter to Buckaringa North Campsite
7 months ago

Day 8 – Mt Elm School Shelter to Buckaringa North Campsite

It doesn’t matter how far you trek, how many hills you climb or how many litres of sweat you lose, the sunsets in South Australia’s Flinder’s Ranges make the aches …
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Day 9 – Buckaringa North Campsite to Mt Arden South Campsite
7 months ago

Day 9 – Buckaringa North Campsite to Mt Arden South Campsite

By now it shouldn’t have surprised me, but the quick-fire landscape changes keep on coming. Day 9 was no different. In fact, it was the poster boy of variety. Stony paths, …
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