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Week One

The Flinders Ranges turned it on over the first 7 days of the trek.

Heysen Trail

Day 1 – Parachilna Gorge to Aroona Campground

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  9 months ago

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

By  •  9 months ago

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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