Field Trips, Tours and Other Events for 2018

Proposed Field Trip

Wind Farm Excursion – 19 November 2018

South Australia leads the nation with its number of wind farms.  This trip will leave Walkerville at 8:30 am and view nine wind farms in the Mid North, as well as a large battery installation.  We will stop for coffee at Burra and for lunch at Jamestown.  This excursion is open only to RGSSA members and their partners.
The cost of the excursion is $55/person which includes lunch and drink. If you take lunch, the cost is $45.

Please ensure payment by 12 November. More details, including  how to register and pay, can be found in this flier.


Planetarium – 15 October 2018 at 10 am

Venue: Adelaide Planetarium, Uni of SA, Mawson Lakes Campus

50 minutes Night Sky Presentation, as well as another short astronomical film.

The visit is being planned for RGSSA members, family and friends.  Members can travel to the Planetarium by either car, or STA bus.  Following the Planetarium viewing, members and friends can meet for lunch in one of the local eateries.

Walking Trail Maintenance

Flinders Ranges Bush Walk Maintenance Program (in conjunction with the Walking Trails Support Group)

In 2018 we are trying two only work sessions, each of 3 weeks.  This is because we see major work on the southern trails lessening, and also the arrangement reduces travel to and from Adelaide.  North Flinders always requires more 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
May 4 to 10 – Mount Brown, Dutchmans Stern

May 11 to 22 – Wilcolo, Bunyeroo Gorge, Yaluna, Aroona-Youngoona, Trezona, Wilkawillina

Accommodation – Dutchmans Stern Homestead (May 4-10) and Oraparinna Shearers Quarters (May 11-22)

Northern Flinders

June 18 to 6 July – Italowie, Balcanoona Creek, Monarch Mine, Oppaminda-Nudalamutana, Acacia Range, Mawson-Spriggina, Bararranna, Terrapinna Tors

Accommodation – Grindell Hut (June 18-23) and Nudlamutana Hut (June 24 to July 6)


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


 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 in the Flinders.

A group traversing the Gammon Ranges.