• Kiwis can get to Adelaide on direct daily flights from Auckland, or through Sydney or Melbourne from other origins.
• We were on a guided tour run by World Expeditions http://www.worldexpeditions.co.nz/index.php?section=trips&id=289.
•Difficulty: Introductory to moderate, some rock scrambling and stony creek beds but mostly easy going. We had walks every day, no day longer than 16 km.
• Weather: Very hot in the summer. In winter there are warm days, but the nights can be down to below zero. Rain is unlikely. We walked in August. May through to November are the ideal months for walking in South Australia. Outside of these months there may be fire restrictions applying and sections of the trail may be closed.
• Accommodation: For those considering an overnight trek, the trail passes through many towns with overnight accommodation, inclusing bed and and breakfasts, farm stays, hotels, motels, and caravan parks. There are numerous campsites and shelters scattered along the Heysen Trail and most contain a small shelter and a rainwater tank. Some huts cannot be pre-booked or reserved, however others can, so walkers are advised to carry a tent in case shelters are fully occupied. • For more information: South Australian Trails: www.south australiantrails.com Heysen trail Management Unit: www.heysentrail.sa.gov.au The Environment Shop: www.environment.sa.gov.au Friends of the Heysen Trail: www.heysentrail.asn.au