Field Trips, Tours and Other Events for 2018




Proposed Field Trips

Fossils of the Ediacara

Exhibitions

  'Our Island Neighbours"  May to June 2018

Special Events

Christmas Dinner - 6th December 2018

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 2018 are as follows. This year there will be only two sessions away as work on the Southern Flinders trails lessens and to reduce travelling time. 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 and  Central Flinders - 4 May to 22 May
    Dutchmans Stern and Mt Brown walks for the first week, staying at
    the Dutchmans Stern homestead.  Wilkawillina, Haywards Huts,
    Wilcolo-Bunyeroo and Bunyeroo Gorge
walks for the next 2 weeks,
    staying at Oraparinna Shearers Quarters, (Ikara-Flinders Ranges
    National Park, 500 km north of Adelaide). 
   
    Northern Flinders -  18 Jun to 6 July 
    Oppaminda-Nudlamutana, Weetootla, Italowie, Arkaroola walks and
    Terrapinna Tors. 
Staying at Grindell Hut until 23rd June then at Nudlamutana Hut.
     (700 km north of Adelaide)    

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

An App titled "Flinders Ranges Walks" has been developed to provide maps, track notes, photos of the country side, flora and fauna, to enrich the experience of each of the walks in the Flinders Ranges.  It can be downloaded from the Google Store.  Look for this icon:-
                                                                                              
 



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