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Walking Tails Support Grou's new app

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 05, 2017

At the FOPInc AGM, an award was given to the Walking Tails Support Group for a new app they have produced which details 16 walks within the Flinders Ranges.

It sounds just the thing that might interest some of you, so here is the link.

The link to get the app is

Heysen Trail features on SA Life

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, October 07, 2016

Heysen Trail features on SA Life - Sunday 9th Oct 5.30 Channel 7

Hi Everyone,

The SA Life Channel 7 television program will showcase the Heysen Trail and Walks With Nature this Sunday at 5.30pm. Most of you know that Ted (completed Heysen Trail End2End 4) and Marie Davis have set up Walks With Nature to enable visitors to enjoy the wonderful experiences available on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Central to this experience is walking on the Heysen Trail. I was invited, and very pleased, to be part of the team.

Both Ted Davis and myself spent a full day with the Channel 7 film crew on 14th July. It was a fun day with the TV crew.

We would love you to view the TV program on Sunday – 5.30pm.

You are invited to go to the Walks With Nature website at and the Facebook page to leave any likes and comments once you have seen the program, or viewed the program video once it’s been posted.

Hey – and Walks With Nature have also been nominated for the SA Tourism Awards – new tourist business. Winners announced on November 4 – wish us well!

PS – if you have friends and family interstate or OS – then please let them know about Walks With Nature – showcasing the Heysen Trail and other attractions on the Fleurieu Peninsula.


Robert Robert Alcock

M: 0419 819 345



Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our updated Bushwalking in Lincoln National Park brochure is hot off the press and now available as a comprehensive guide to the more than 100 km of walking trails that we maintain in the Park, spanning a diverse range of natural environments. If you are coming this way, copies of the brochure can be purchased at the Visitor Information Centre or the DEWNR office in Port Lincoln, or it can be downloaded from the DEWNR website.

Another recently completed project is the preparation of a herbarium of Lower Eyre Peninsula native flora by Ian and Chris Abbott, dedicated members of our group. This complements the herbarium of the Coffin Bay National Park prepared by the late Sally and Barney Williams. Both are now housed in the Eyre Natural Resource Centre in Port Lincoln, and are available as a community educational and reference resource.

Our "Day in the Park” event in October provided an opportunity for our members and the public to learn about the history of the Lincoln National Park, and its resident plants and birds, from our own member “experts”. A very enjoyable day was had by all, and the open invitation to the public has had the positive result of attracting several new members.

Members recently spent two days giving the Donington Cottage and surrounds a thorough spring clean and checkup of facilities.The Cottage, originally the Cape Donington lighthouse keeper’s residence, is a popular overnight accommodation venue for visitors to the Lincoln National Park. It overlooks a beautiful secluded beach, and is close by to the Park walking trail network. Bookings can be made through the Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.

... from Jim Egan, President Friends of Southern Eyre Peninsula Parks

Ph.86822144 |

Trails in Sturt Gorge

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

As indicated in our last newsletter DEWNR had advised that a series of new shared trails and upgrades in Sturt Gorge would be completed in 2015.

If you have ventured down into Sturt Gorge recently you may well have noticed that this work has now been completed and gives walkers and cyclists several new options to get down to the river and back out again on more favourable gradients.

If you haven’t ever been into Sturt Gorge, you will find it is one of Adelaide’s little known gems, with walking and bicycle trails connecting Riverside Drive at Bedford Park in the west to Murray’s Hill Road, Coromadel Valley at Horners Bridge in the east (approximately 10 kms) with many other loop options.

New colour-coded trail signage has been installed along many of the trails although you may want to look carefully at the signs to make sure you are heading along the correct trail. Signage at trailheads is also now completed.

Our trail map expert, Rick Williams, has recently put the final touches to our new map which includes all the new trails and is available from Bob Grant on 7329 8296 or or the following outlets:

* Carto Graphics at 147 Unley Road, Unleyand
* Friends of Heysen at 10 Pitt Street, Adelaide.

The retail price of the map has not increased from our previously published price of $10.00.

... modified extract from Friends of Sturt Gorge July 2015 newsletter

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