Field Trips, Tours and Other Events for 2017

Proposed Field Trips




Special Events


Walking Trail Support Group

The Walking Trails Support Group is a small group of volunteers devoted to the development and maintenance of walking tracks in the Flinders and Mount Lofty Ranges in SA. The group makes various trips throughout the year to ensure that the tracks previously installed are in good condition, that erosion is kept in check and the track marking is clear.  The aim is that each track should have minimum impact on the environment and be safe to use. The Barossa walks are day trips whereas the Flinders Ranges walks are managed through three separate trips, each about two weeks long, generally staying at the Dutchman's Stern ranger quarters, The Oraparinna shearers quarters and Grindell or Nudlamutana Huts.  Much of the work is done under the auspices of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources as most of the trails are on Crown Land.  Three trails are on the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and are maintained with its support.

One of the aims is to improve the experience and provide the walkers with information about the flora, fauna, Aboriginal knowledge, geology and European history of the environment through which they travel.  To this end, information leaflets with maps, track and  geological notes have been prepared, together with photographs of the country through which each trail passes.  These are generally available at the trailheads or can be downloaded from the website. (see below)

The trips to the Flinders Ranges are a great opportunity to see some of the remote parts of the state.  The work is not particularly arduous and can be tailored to suit the capacities of each person.  The membership is small with others who "float" in and out of the trips so the company is always varied and interesting.  Membership is only $5.00! (For insurance purposes.)
For more information about the maintenance programs follow this link
Walking Trails Support Group and see the Section on Field Arrangements.

Walking Trail Maintenance

Flinders Ranges Bush Walk Maintenance Program (in
conjunction with the Walking Trails Support Group) The program
dates for 2017 are as follows although at present some of the dates
are tentative. This year we will finalise the upgrade of marking, including identifying some geological and other special sites. Your participation
is welcome even for a few days, which could be part of your longer
holiday trip!  For expressions of interest and further information
please contact the RGSSA office.

    Southern Flinders - 1 May to 12 May
    Dutchmans Stern and Mt Brown walks.
    Staying at the Dutchmans Stern homestead.
    (300 km north of Adelaide).
    Central Flinders -  12 June to 23 June
    Wilkawillina, Haywards Huts, Wilcolo-Bunyeroo and Bunyeroo Gorge walks.
    Staying at Oraparinna Shearers Quarters, Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park
    (500 km north of Adelaide). 
    Northern Flinders -  17 July to 4 Aug 
    Oppaminda-Nudlamutana, Weetootla, Italowie, Arkaroola walks and
    Terrapinna Tors. 
Staying at Balcanoona shearers quarters
     (700 km north of Adelaide) with a possible 2 - 3 night camp at Terrapinna Tors.

All dates are subject to change and will be notified in GeoNews or refer to the Walking Trails Support Group reference below.


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