Heysen (End to End 14 ) Walk 4

Section 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

We began by walking along 4 km 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 of the car, the Leader or Tail End Charlie called out “CAR”. We relayed the call along  the group until everyone heard and moved hard right. By  about the 4th car we looked like a well-drilled experienced hiking group. Thanks Mark!

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Wendy and Mark as we commenced the hike through Balquidder

 

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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.

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Photo by Mark S

 

 

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

 

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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.

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Then there was the creek crossing

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By Vicki

 

 

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

Excerpts from Mark Fletcher email

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