Heysen (End to End 14 ) Blog 4

Walk 4 Balquidder to Waitpinga

The McGregors established Balquidder Station, naming it after a Scottish village. The village was the birthplace of Scottish outlaw,  Rob Roy McGregor captured in 1722.

Waitpinga is an Aboriginal name meaning home of the wind.  An exposed beach, we definitely witnessed the effect of the wind whipping up the waves.  A perfect day for walkers, we made our way easily without being blown around.

While the surf is fabulous it can also be extremely dangerous. Parsons beach may be a safer option.  Our walk took us along both. We finished at Waitpinga Campground in the Newland Head Conservation Park.  Excerpt from Friends of Heysen and Fleurieu Peninsula Tourist info

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We began by walking along 4 kms of gravel road. To avoid walkers scattering to the left and right when a car approached, we were forewarned to follow orders! Depending on the direction the car, the Leader or Tail End Charlie called out “CAR”. We relayed the call along the group until every one heard and moved hard right. By  about the 4th car we looked like a well-drilled experienced hiking group. Thanks Mark!



Wendy and Mark as we commenced the hike through Balquidder



Ellen leads the way through the Station!

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Jerry snaps our illustrious photographer Mark Scicluna in action



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Heading down to the long trek across soft sand. That’s me  with the red back pack: thanks to Tom’s camera.


Photo by Mark S




In between sections of sand these stones were not easy to negotiate – for some of us 🙂



Mark S



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Thanks Margaret, what a great shot from the support vehicle on top of the hill.

We had been forewarned about the creek crossing. Known to flow at waist deep we were lucky to  make it across with it barely touching the tops of toes. Still, for some of us it took careful negotiation on slippery rocks.


Then there was the creek crossing


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Mark S – a reminder to look out for the beauty of our unique flora.

Excerpts from Mark Fletcher email


Heysen (End to End 14) Blog 3

Walk 3 –  Tapannappa to Balquidder

To avoid walking a loop, end to end walkers park their cars at the end of the trail and travel by coach to the beginning. The walk ends when we arrive back at the cars. Walk 3 usually begins at Tapanappa, and hikers enjoy spectacular views of Tunkalilla Beach. A picturesque walk through dense bushland is followed by a steep descent to Boat Harbor Beach. The very testing 4km walk along Tunkalilla Beach is followed by an unbelievably steep climb up to Balquidder.  (Friends of the Heysen web)

However, End to End 14 has a very different story for Walk 3. A special reverse expedition! Balquidder to Tapannappa…

Walk 3

The bus missed the turn and got bogged. Next, the replacement bus got lost, so the leaders suggested we walk in reverse. Everybody took it in their stride 🙂 and in the end what a great walk we had. Everyone handled the steepest section of the Heysen so very well.  Just a few muddy and bruised bums and one Leader (we won’t mention names) with a bit of a sore leg which will be right in a week or so.

And how very lucky were we to have that firm sand to walk along? Added to that, the company of a seal and a large pod of dolphins for good measure.  Kudos to those who picked up a bit of rubbish washed up on the beach to make that lovely beach cleaner for E2E14 being there.

At the end of the beach walk, we had the lightest sprinkling of rain to cool us down before descending to a truly beautiful Boat Harbor Beach. There we bathed in warm sunlight, as we sat on green grass, eating lunch, gazing at the beautiful blue sea. We finished up with a pretty bush walk with lovely views down the valley.

Yet another Heysen leg along with that Heysen steepest hill checked off the list. All in all a day very well spent.

Mark  F- Group leader

(Excerpt from group email)

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Along the fence and down the hill. Photo by Christie



Down the Fence

Down the slippery slope. Photo by Cathy

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This is the direction end to enders usually take – Up! This is Mark walking a few days earlier.                                            Photo by Mark Scicluna

Christie – WOW, just wow! Sunday’s walk took us from Hillside to Tunkalilla Beach to Boat Harbour to Tapanappa camp. Thanks, group leaders for this amazing opportunity, although a backwards trek today. I for one can say I’m VERY grateful. Grateful for amazing weather, scenery and good company.

Cathy – A day that turned out well considering the slow start. Fortunate with the weather and rewarded by magnificent views. Thanks to everyone for their patience and positive attitude.

Mark H – What a fantastic walk we enjoyed today made possible by our wonderful team of walk leaders. They deserve warm thanks once again for their organization and flexibility. We are all very lucky to have them.

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Over the stones, through the creek. Photo by Mark Scicluna



A pod of dolphins. Photo by Mark Scicluna



Heysen (End to End 14) Blog 2

Walk 2 – Cobbler Hill to Tapannappa

Today we trekked through narrow tracks and dense native scrub in Deep Creek Conservation Park.  We (me) slipped and slid through narrow muddy tracks, particularly along Aaron Creek. Walking poles are the best invention ever; not to mention the helping hand of others. There were some very tricky, steep sections as we climbed in and out of gullies.  Once again Mark S caught some spectacular scenery on camera.

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Walking towards the challenge of the climb and the mud



Rain had prepared a muddy trail especially for us


Back burning with regrowth just visible


We dared to disturb her as we trekked past


The best part of hiking is how remote and wild it is


Reassuring trademark signs of the Heysen Trail


Every now and then the bush cleared, but still not a human in sight.



Heysen (End to End) Blog 1

Welcome to my Blog! Whether you’re an actual or a virtual walker 🙂 come and share in the unfolding experience of walking the entire length of the Heysen Trail.  “End-to-End Group 14” (E2E 14) commenced on May 5th 2019 from Cape Jervis, South Australia.  After 1200km and 6 years we will reach Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges.  In the first few years, we will walk one Sunday a month during the walk season. In the 6th and final year, the walk includes weekends and culminates in 2 x 1 week long adventures. This brings us to the year 2025!

Walk 1 – Cape Jervis to Cobbler Hill

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Around 75 walkers commenced the 14th End-to-End (E2E 14) trail today.  We began this first E2E Walk from the Cape Jervis trailhead. We trekked along sandy coastal tracks and up and down hillsides. On this perfect Autumn day, we enjoyed spectacular views over Backstairs  Passage to Kangaroo Island. Viewing the Island from end to end felt like a symbol of what lay ahead for our 6-year trek.

We hiked to Blowhole Beach and stopped for a well-earned lunch break.  With boots and socks off, the water lapping on the edge of the sand was a welcome relief for burning feet.

The final portion of this first walk is a 3K climb through the native bushland of Deep Creek Conservation Park to Cobbler Hill. As members of the Group arrived at the end in groups, pairs, trickles, champagne was on offer, courtesy of the Friends.  One walk down, 60 to go!

Partial excerpt from The Friends of the Heysen Trail.



Photos: Mark Scicluna Member of End to End 14







Blowhole beach for lunch



This Monarch butterfly settles on a type of Milkweed plant, possibly laying eggs.