Lavender Federation Trail members work on the final leg

Volunteers install a stile over a fence on private property between Mintaro and Watervale; David Spackman, Barry Stacey, Ian Poole and George Adams.
Volunteers install a stile over a fence on private property between Mintaro and Watervale; David Spackman, Barry Stacey, Ian Poole and George Adams.

Lavender Federation Trail members and manager Ian Poole have the final leg planned of the trail – to conclude at the old Clare Railway Station. 

It is anticipated the  trail will reach its final destination to conclude at the old Clare Railway Station with a big opening celebration planned at Clare on Saturday, May 5, 2018. 

As a major project, it has been 100 per cent supported by volunteer organisations to building the Lavender Federation Trail from Murray Bridge to Clare, plus a series of loop and spurs trails.

Mr Poole has, during the past year, spent many hundreds of hours of negotiations and discussions with state and local government authorities, local land owners, interest groups and individuals as the Lavender Federation Trail moved onwards from Manoora to Clare.

This part of trail proved to be one of the most difficult and time consuming sections to negotiate a satisfactory route for the entire 382km of trails built by SARTI since 1999.

It has been decided that the Lavender Federation Trail will now share a six kilometre section of the Riesling Trail near Watervale before heading toward Spring Gully. 

Negotiations had been ongoing since last year to access a section at Spring Gully which involved Friends of the Spring Gully Conservation Park and DEWNR staff to reach a satisfactory conclusion before construction can commence.

The main trail is 320km long and connects the Riesling Trail to the 1200km Heysen Trail.  Loop and spur trails add almost 100km to available trails.

Members from the Maroondah Bushwalking Club, in Melbourne, and “Friends of the Heysen Trail” are planning their 2018 program to complete walking the entire 320-km trail over three stages to Clare in 2018. They currently have walked to Martindale Hall from Murray Bridge, a distance of more than 170kms, during the past two years with groups of up to 35 walkers.

“The Lavender trail is 320km long and connects the Reisling Trail to the Heysen Trail.”

Graham Hallandal, Ester Pool, George Adams, Barry Stacy and Ian Poole at the trail plaque of the Lavender Federation Trail together with trail markers from the Mawson & Riesling Trails.

Graham Hallandal, Ester Pool, George Adams, Barry Stacy and Ian Poole at the trail plaque of the Lavender Federation Trail together with trail markers from the Mawson & Riesling Trails.