"Takes you places"
Day 1 (Saturday 9th Sept 2017): leave Adelaide by 7am. Drive to Wilpena Pound (5.5 hours from Adelaide). Cars can be left at Wilpena Pound carpark. Meet private transfer pickup at 2.30pm taking us from Wilpena carpark to Parachilna Gorge Heysen trailhead – near Angorichina Tourist Village (80km drive, 1.5hr). Walked 500m with packs and water to Parachilna Gorge hikers campsite (a Heysen shelter about 500m into the trail).
Day 2 (Sunday): walk Parachilna to Aroona. 17km (had a look up Crisp gorge to Dead Goat Soak – extra 4km without packs)
Day 3 (Mon): (HOT DAY) left early, walked Aroona to Trezona campground 14km (back up plan was to continue another 2km to Middlesight hut if we required shelter)
Day 4 (Tues): (HOT DAY) left early, walked Trezona to Yanyanna Hut 10.5km (a short easy day with an afternoon rest) Optional walk up to Bunyeroo lookout in the afternoon 2km return. this was ‘off track’ – gps and compass used to follow creek and return.
Day 5 (Wed): Walk Yanyanna Hut to Wilpena main campground 22km (we had access to cars for the last 3 nights). NOTE: NO reliable water available between Yanyanna and Wilpena.
Day 6 (Thurs): day walk up St Marys Peak – loop route 22km.
Day 7 (Fri): Day walk: drove 15mins to Rawnsley park carpark. Walked Rawnsley bluff hike (amazing view over the pound from the Southeast end) 12km return, (if bad weather we would have done: Mt Ohlssen Bagge Hike (6.5km)
Day 8 (Sat): pack up and drive home (5.5 hours to Adelaide)
Day 1: Parachilna Gorge hikers campsite (a Heysen shelter about 500m into the trail) $Free. plenty of room for 7 walkers, could have easily done 10-12. Enough wood around for a small fire.
Day 2 (Sunday): Aroona campground. booked 2 sites ($15 each). Fires permitted but collection of firewood prohibited.
Day 3 (Mon): Trezona campground . Booked 1 large site ($15 each). Fires permitted but collection of firewood prohibited. We could have continued to Middlesight Heysen Hut ($free) but its less scenic and would have made the following day too short.
Day 4 (Tues): camped at Yanyanna Hut on the Heysen trail.
Day 5 , 6 and 7 : Wilpena main campground (access to cars for the last 3 nights). We paid $13 per person. Showers, toilets, laundry, camp kitchen, etc.
didn’t see one snake.
we had 2 HOT days (29 degrees) which luckily fell on our short walking days. we started early and got into camp VERY early however the group were happy to lay in the sunshine and relax.
Heysen trail extremely easy to follow and well marked.
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