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Week One

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

Hiking the Heysen

Day 1 – Parachilna Gorge to Aroona Campground

By  •  8 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 hot. However, at least my breakfast …
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Day 2 – Aroona Campground to Yanyanna Hut

By  •  8 months ago

I woke up early on Day 2, eager to knock off some quick kilometres, but I was ‘greeted’ with an icy film coating my tent. Not ideal for a quick getaway, …
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Day 3 – Yanyanna Hut to Wilpena Pound Resort

By  •  8 months ago

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

By  •  8 months ago

After a draining Day 3, I woke up feeling sore and sorry for myself. Both my internal and camera batteries still required charging, and I was wandering around at 4:30 …
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Day 5 – Red Range Campsite to Mayo Hut

By  •  8 months ago

After an unrelentingly undulating Day 4, the comparatively even 17-kilometre stretch from Red Range Campsite to Mayo Hut was just the ‘rest’ my exhausted legs were screaming for. I spent the …
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Day 6 – Mayo Hut to Hawker

By  •  8 months ago

Hawker, a quiet township billed as ‘the hub of the Flinders’, was going to satisfy my creature comfort cravings. Surprisingly, it took me until Day 6 to obsess over food. I’m …
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Day 7 – Hawker to Mt Elm School Campsite

By  •  8 months ago

Day 7 served as a lesson in checking, double-checking and then triple-checking your bearings when you find yourself in an unfamiliar setting. The view from the top of Jervis Hill was …
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